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May 31, 2013

 

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Final Regulation on Wellness Released
Carriers, Place Your Bids!
Silver Lining of Health Reform?
Your FLSA Questions Answered
Hot off the Press: SHOP Exchange Final Rule Released
In Case You Missed It…
Oklahoma AHU Members Need Your Help
Compliance Corner Update
What’s Going on in Washington
What We’re Reading
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Final Regulation on Wellness Released

The Obama Administration released a final regulation this week about changes to employer-sponsored wellness programs. The final rule is remarkably similar to the proposed rule released this past winter and increases the maximum allowable reward for a health-contingent bona fide wellness program from 20% of premium value to 30%. Furthermore, for wellness programs designed to prevent tobacco use, the maximum allowable reward value is now 50%... Read More

Carriers, Place Your Bids!

Carriers had until last week to submit qualified health plan designs to departments of health insurance for approval and, to no one’s surprise, in many states, carrier interest has been somewhat underwhelming... Read More

Silver Lining of Health Reform?

As we’ve mentioned before, it seems that studies examining the impact health reform will have on insurance premiums are being published weekly. This week’s study is a little different; instead of examining what premium rates will look like in each market, the Research and Development (RAND) Corporation published a study that looked at one of health reform’s more popular provisions–dependents to age 26... Read More

Your FLSA Questions Answered

We know many of you have submitted questions about the temporary Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) model notice regarding the health insurance exchanges. The recently released temporary guidance has left many of you with questions and your Washington Update authors are here to provide you with some FLSA model language survival tips... Read More

Hot off the Press: SHOP Exchange Final Rule Released

You hear it first! Just this afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule and application for the SHOP Exchanges... Read More

In Case You Missed It…

On Tuesday, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) gave a webinar outlining what health reform means for health insurance agents and brokers... Read More

Oklahoma AHU Members Need Your Help

Oklahoma AHU President Barry Wilson has informed us that at least nine NAHU members were affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma. One member's administrative assistant lost two family members to the tornado. Even though we don't know all of our Oklahoma members personally, we know the common bond of the NAHU family... Read More

Compliance Corner Update

Sesame Street has The Count to help toddlers learn to count. NAHU has this month’s Compliance Corner webinar to help determine how to count employees. A critical concept is the application of controlled group rules to determine if separate businesses must be counted together... Read More

What’s Going on in Washington

While the House and Senate were out of town this week enjoying their Memorial Day recess, they’ll be back in town and back to work on Monday... Read More

What We’re Reading

We’ve spent the last few days hanging out with NAHU members and exchange-obsessed colleagues in Arizona. Here are some reads we’ve enjoyed while sitting out in the sun here, as well as a few we’ve got bookmarked for our long flight home... Read More

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