Archive For December 18th, 2013

Healthcare Reform Bulleting: HHS Delays Online Enrollment for FF-SHOP Exchanges

By | December 18, 2013

Beginning with the 2014 plan year, individuals and small employers will be able to purchase health insurance through online competitive marketplaces, or Exchanges. Each state’s Exchange includes a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) component that small employers can use to provide health insurance options for their employees. The Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Healthcare Reform Bulletin: Reinsurance Program Changes for 2015

By | December 18, 2013

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires a three-year transitional reinsurance program to be established in each state. This program is intended to help stabilize premiums for coverage in the individual market during the first three years of Exchange operation (2014 through 2016) when individuals with higher-cost medical needs gain insurance coverage. This […]

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Know Your Benefits: Healthcare Reform Workplace Wellness Program Incentives

By | December 18, 2013

Many companies operate wellness programs to keep their employees productive and their insurance costs down. Some wellness programs include incentives or rewards to promote healthy lifestyle choices and discourage behaviors that are detrimental to employees’ good health. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established new guidelines to regulate and encourage the use of workplace wellness programs. […]

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Healthcare Reform Bulletin: Exchange Enrollment and Premium Deadlines Extended

By | December 18, 2013

On Dec. 12, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an interim final rule to extend the enrollment and payment deadlines for consumers purchasing coverage through an Exchange.  The rule: Formalizes HHS’ previously announced policy that gives individuals and small employers an extra eight days, until Dec. 23, 2013, to sign up […]

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Playing it Safe: Using Ammonia Safely on the Farm

By | December 18, 2013

Ammonia is widely used as a soil fertilizer because of it is efficient to apply and readily available. However, it also can pose serious health risks to workers who are exposed to it at such concentrated levels. In fact, ammonia is one of the most hazardous chemicals used in agriculture. If you apply, handle or […]

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