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Obamacare Compliance: How it Helps Self-funded Plans (Webinar) 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:24:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
Here’s the “dirty little secret” about the new “pay-or-play” requirements: Most plans will pass easily and few plans will have any problems with penalties. Here’s the less obvious part of compliance: The steps called for by the new... read more

Recent NY Times Article on ObamaCare and Consumer Opinions 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:35:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Million-Anecdote Baby Si thought this article held some interesting views. The fate of ObamaCare will be determined by consumer reactions. We explore the employer's role in this new reality at our June 27 webinar. read more

Employer Mandate Calculations Explained (Webinar) 

Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:30:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
This is the second in our three-part webinar series on health reform support around the employer mandate regulations. This webinar focuses on the four levels of calculations associated with Pay-or-Play decisions every plan must make. How to count ... read more

Article: Act soon to determine compliance under Obamacare 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:37:00 AM Categories: News and Views This article has some very practical advice with a local Michigan perspective. But the advice applies to employers in all 50 states. Our webinar on Thursday will... read more

Pay or Play: A Bigger Challenge for TPAs than for Plans (Webinar) 

Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:41:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
This is the first in our three-part webinar series on health reform support around the employer mandate regulations. This webinar explores how new regulations completely change the way health plans handle cost sharing. No plan currently meets the ... read more

Healthcare Discounts Meaningless  

Friday, May 10, 2013 2:54:00 PM Categories: News and Views

For years we have been telling people that “discounts” are meaningless because the charges used to calculate those discounts are not valid or reliable measures of anything. Now, you don’t have to take our word for it. Medicare has proven it.

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Employers Unaware of Health Reform Law Status 

Friday, May 3, 2013 10:56:00 AM Categories: Health Reform

Self-funded plans need to communicate with their employees and enrollees about their plans for health reform.   If they don’t, others will and the confusion this article shows will get much worse

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The Most Overlooked Part of Health Reform: Enrollee Communications 

Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:30:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Keeping up with the deluge of health reform regulations and requirements makes it easy to overlook a fundamental fact: Health reform directly impacts your plan enrollees, and how they react directly impacts your plan. Do you know what your... read more

Consumer Acceptance of Bundled Care 

Monday, April 22, 2013 4:25:00 PM Categories: News and Views
A recent article from Healthcare Payer News covers a topic that warrants mention: bundled care plans. Consumer acceptance of bundled pricing is part of the emerging consumer engagement. Our webinar on Thursday 4/25 covers how self-funded... read more

Communication in Private Health Insurance Exchanges 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:10:00 PM Categories: News and Views

Private health insurance exchanges like this are sprouting up all over.  Add in public exchanges, navigators and the rest and it gets more confusing.  Plans will be well advised to communicate with their enrollees to get through all this in one piece. 

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