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Posted November 15th, 2018 in Employers, Producers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a research institute known as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of PCORI is to help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about healthcare choices. PCORI is funded by fees which are charged to health plans.

The following information is designed to help employers understand their upcoming payment obligations.

Posted November 1st, 2018 in Employers, Producers

The Department of Labor (DoL), Department of Treasury (DoT) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly proposed new rules that would impact Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) effective January 1, 2020.

Posted October 26th, 2018 in Producers

Identity theft, security breaches, and traffic tickets are all things that employees worry about today. When issues like these arise, many people look to an attorney for advice and assistance. Unfortunately, finding an attorney can be stressful and time-consuming—not to mention expensive.

Posted October 23rd, 2018 in Producers, Employers

Last week, the 2019 open enrollment period (OEP) season officially kicked off for Medicare beneficiaries. From October 15th to December 7th, Medicare beneficiaries can make changes or enroll in any Part D or Medicare Advantage plan that is available in their service area.

Below is a summary of OEPs for other market segments.   

Posted October 17th, 2018 in Producers, Individuals

Each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adjusts the premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare beneficiaries. Below is a summary of the 2019 costs.

Premiums

Part A: Most individuals don't have to pay a premium for Part A, however, those that do will generally have to pay $437 per month in 2019. This is an increase from $422 in 2018.
 

Posted October 16th, 2018 in Producers

As a small group health insurance producer, you are always looking to provide your employer clients with the best possible coverage at the lowest possible price. With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandating coverage for specific benefits and driving up premiums, this can sometimes be an uphill battle. There are a few different types of group health plans available, and it’s up to you to determine which option is best for your clients.

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