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Employee Benefit News Says 90% of Employees Still Have ACA Questions 

Monday, September 23, 2013 10:19:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This article points to a growing problem. Employees are confused about ACA/Obamacare and their employers are silent. We have found that communicating about ACA is not difficult. Not communicating is what creates the problems. read more
 
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Health Decisions Helps Employers Manage Enrollment, Eligibility 

Friday, August 23, 2013 9:44:00 AM Categories: News and Views
How to handle working spouses is front and center for more and more employers, as seen in this recent article. This along with common-law marriages, domestic partners, same-sex marriages, and multi-generational families are all part of the... read more
 
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A New Era of Secrecy Between Group Health Payers and Providers 

Monday, August 19, 2013 1:26:00 PM Categories: News and Views
In the last ten years, secret agreements between providers and payers have become the norm with most PPO networks. These agreements specifically exclude employers and self-funded health plans from seeing what is agreed to, even though those same... read more
 
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"Employers Unhappy with their Brokers" -- How We Can Help 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:07:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This recent Employer Benefit Adviser story underscores the challenges brokers face – providing more service in a time of diminishing compensation. Health Decisions bridges this dilemma. Our services give brokers an on-going, year-round role in... read more
 
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A Trend Toward Fee-based Consulting 

Friday, July 19, 2013 12:50:00 PM Categories: News and Views
This video highlights a growing trend – brokers moving from commission to fee-based consulting. I don’t know the gentleman featured here but I know a lot of brokers like him. We provide the healthcare claims and enrollment data and IT support... read more
 
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Changes in Provider Payment Practices Impact Self-Funded Plans 

Friday, July 12, 2013 11:01:00 AM Categories: News and Views
The url below links to an article on how changes in provider payment practices impact payers and self-funded plans. This illustrates why provider payment error never stops or is “fixed.” As long as providers keep changing how they bill (which... read more
 
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Obamacare Compliance Delay and Self-funded Plans 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:04:00 PM Categories: News and Views
What Happened? What to Do? Welcome to the regulatory roller coaster. The announcement of the one-year delay in implementing the employer "Pay-or-Play" reporting provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here. The delay relates to what ... read more
 
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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
 
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Article: Act soon to determine compliance under Obamacare 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:37:00 AM Categories: News and Views
http://mibiz.com/item/20674-act-soon-to-determine-compliance-under-obamacare 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
 
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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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