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Employer Interest in Narrow Networks To Control Cost Increasing

A growing number of health insurers are implementing so-called “narrow networks” of medical services providers to control costs. But while about half of all plans on public exchanges had narrow networks in 2014, it has taken longer for employers to embrace them. 165 more words

Health Insurance

Nickel and Dimed to Death

A recent story on NPR about why cardiac rehab is underutilized brings up some of the nuances of our broken healthcare system.  One of the reasons identified in the report   for patients not using cardiac rehab is because of the ‘co-payments’ charged by insurance. 380 more words

Healthcare Reform

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Integrating Health Literacy, Cultural Competence, and Language Access Services

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) has published a summary of a workshop on integrating health literacy, cultural competence, and language access services. 206 more words

Health Care Reform

Penalties Going Up for ERISA Violations

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced increases in many civil penalties associated with ERISA plan violations. For example, the maximum penalty for failing to file an annual Form 5500 report will rise from $1,100 per day to $2,063 per day. 77 more words

Welfare Benefits

Our Broken, Archaic Healthcare System: Part I

This article in today’s New York Times is only one of many examples why our healthcare system is broken, and cannot be fixed. In this particular case, it is the inherent conflict between the federal government’s push to have everyone covered by health insurance and the private health insurer’s need to make a profit. 179 more words

Healthcare Reform

Certain Employers May Receive Marketplace Notices

Health Insurance Marketplaces are now sending letters to notify certain employers that one or more of their employees has been determined eligible for advance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions and has enrolled in a Marketplace plan. 175 more words

Self Insured Plans