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Lisa Zamosky interviews President Obama

Lisa Zamosky, WebMD healthcare reform expert and content author of the on-demand training available in the Health Benefits Explained library, recently interviewed President Obama.

The President answered your health care reform questions about rising costs of employer plans, why some plans have high deductibles, the Medicaid expansion, and more.

Watch the full video interview on WebMD.com

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More complications to complying with ACA

There are some additional challenges to the ACA that many people in the human resource planning field are not aware of, but a recent article by HR Morning pinpoints some of the most salient points to be concerned about when it comes to this important matter.

For one thing, adding a wellness program is a great way to get employees healthy and focused on getting into good shape. However, giving incentives to those who sign up for it can be a problem, along with adding penalties for people who smoke or are overweight. For example, the ACA maximum reduction or penalty is 30 percent, according to HR Morning. For smokers, it rises to 50 percent. Anything more than that is a violation.

Another problem is with "grandfathered" programs, which are old enough to become exempt from major health care rules. However, if a grandfathered program changes enough than it will no longer be protected under the same status.

The government has put out a list of information about this on a special ACA website.

Waiting periods are another complex issue. Health care plans cannot make employees wait more than 90 days for coverage to begin, but many covered employees are facing longer waiting periods, putting their employers in jeopardy of facing ACA penalties.

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The healthcare reform survival guide

Download this white paper to learn more about the changes facing employers as a result of the ACA. You’ll find explanations of compliance issues, checklists of what your company should be doing, and a calendar of important effective dates.

How to determine if you should pay or play

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New year, new concerns: 10 ACA issues to track in 2014

Download this white paper to learn more about the important issues Brokers/Employers need to keep an eye on in 2014 as implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unfolds.

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PPACA's Employer Mandate Delayed to 2015

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is bringing significant changes to the healthcare system—and causing quite a few headaches. Your employees are going to have more questions than ever about their benefits—lots of questions—and researching and answering them is going to take valuable time for you while possibly resulting in a loss in productivity for a number of your employees.

Sage is ready to help you understand the avalanche of information coming your way with its new Health Benefits Explained Library.

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My Workforce Analyzer

Now you have the power to track and analyze your company information so you can make the informed decisions necessary about healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.

Through My Workforce Analyzer, you'll have the ability to analyze your employee hours to determine if you qualify as a large employer.

  • Determine coverage affordability
  • Explore the pay-or-play decision (offer coverage or take the penalty)
  • Examine employee time required to monitor and manage part-time and full-time eligibility.

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