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HR leaders rate ACA concerns as a lower-tier issue

New research from a North American sample of HR leaders finds that the Affordable Care Act is not a primary concern among employers, even as the landmark health care law continues to worry the masses. Read full article here.

Large Employers Considering Idea of ‘Skinny’ Health Plans

Many employers are thinking of offering a very limited health care plan in order to avoid a higher penalty.

With a $2,000 deductible Is the Affordable Care Act ‘affordable’?

Until now, much of the debate swirling around the Affordable Care Act has focused on the cost of premiums in the state-based health insurance exchanges. But what will enrollees actually get for that monthly charge?

Workers wildly unprepared for health care changes

Original article http://ebn.benefitnews.com By Tristan Lejeune The third annual Aflac WorkForces Report, released last week, reveals a sobering gap in employee readiness to handle and take on the shift toward consumer-driven health plans and defined contribution health. A majority of workers (54%) would prefer not to have more control over their insurance options, citing a lack of time … Continued

How should insurers pay their PPACA fees?

Here are five ways insurers could handle the fact that the new PPACA fees are supposed to kick in on Jan. 1.

Most States Fail Transparency Scorecard

Thirty-six of the nation’s 50 states received either a “D” or an “F” in a report card, issued by two nonprofit organizations

States Fear Loss of Health Care Aid

With spending capped on the program at $5 billion, money is running out because beneficiaries turned out to be costlier to care for than expected.

Health law’s mandate, tax credit could help or hurt employers

Why business owners view the new health care law through many different paradigms.

To Open Eyes, W-2s List Cost of Providing a Health Plan

As workers open their W-2 forms this month, many will see a new box

New Taxes to Take Effect to Fund Health Care Law

This provision and the change in the medical expense deduction are expected to raise more than $40 billion of revenue over 10 years.