BHCG Monitor: Focus on Health Care Benefits

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BHCG Monitor: Health Care Reform - Notable News


Health Care Reform – Notable News

ACA Reminders for 2015

In 2015 the Affordable Care Act‘s (ACA) employer “pay or play” mandate and additional reporting requirements under Sections 6055 and 6056 went into effect. Employers have spent the last year preparing for those top of mind requirements and the looming 2016 employer “Cadillac tax” on generous health plans. However, legal advisors and the federal government are reminding employers about the following items to be aware of throughout 2015.


BHCG Monitor: An Electronic Personal Health Record Primer


Provider Network Size – Where Are We Headed?

In what seems to be a “Back to the Future” approach regarding the size of provider networks, insurers and plan sponsors are again beginning to embrace narrow networks, moving away from broad networks that include virtually every provider in a market. Are there other network size strategies available?  What are the potential pitfalls and strengths of each approach?



Employers Expect Changes to Employee Health Care Programs to Retain Competitiveness

On March 25 Janet Lucas-Taylor of Towers Watson presented highlights of the Towers Watson 2015 Emerging Trends in Health Care Survey to the Business Health Care Group’s Benefits Subcommittee. Towers Watson surveyed 444 midsize to large U.S. employers representing 7.2 million employees. The survey yields insights into how employers are thinking about health care benefits and the key actions they anticipate taking over the next three years.