HHS failed to get guidelines in place for a basic health plan to be up and running by 2014. The option is meant to cover people who are not eligible for Medicaid but who cannot obtain private insurance.
HHS rejected the application of Mississippi's insurance officials to operate a insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. The move intervenes in the dispute between Gov. Phil Bryant and state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, both Republicans, over the best approach to dealing with the health care law. Bryant's opposition made it impossible for the insurance officials to proceed with their plan, HHS said.
A recent study from Buck Consultants shows that fewer employers measured the outcome of their workplace wellness programs, despite how more employers are using wellness programs. Entitled "Working Well: A Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies," the study reports that only 35% measured wellness programs last year, while 37% did so in 2010. In contrast to this, employers who turned to wellness programs to raise employee performance and profitability went up from 75% in 2010 to 87% last year.
Agents and brokers can add value to their services and contribute to efforts to improve the health of beneficiaries by engaging beneficiaries all year, long after open enrollment has ended, according to this article. Producers should work with employers and employees to empower beneficiaries, communicate definitions for healthy behavior and measure results, all of which can promote physical and financial well-being as well as smart use of health care.
HHS failed to get guidelines in place for a basic health plan to be up and running by 2014. The option is meant to cover people who are not eligible for Medicaid but would be unable to afford health insurance, even after receiving Affordable Care Act subsidies.
Most health insurance plans that were established by March 23, 2010, may be "grandfathered" –- exempt from certain parts of the Affordable Care Act -- but plans lose that status if certain changes are made, according to this FAQ list for consumers. According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 48% of people who receive employer-provided coverage have grandfathered health plans.