Affordable Care Act

Posted May 16th, 2014 in Producers, Employers

As a trusted benefits administrator, Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) wants to keep you informed on the following:

Federal regulators have recently indicated that they don’t feel the current COBRA notices provide enough information about the Exchanges and the options that COBRA beneficiaries have in the Individual Marketplace.

Posted April 11th, 2014 in Producers, Employers

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.” Although much of the law is designed to fix problems with the Medicare program, the law also included a repeal of the deductible limits that apply to small group health plans. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established deductible limits for health plans offered to small employers (defined as up to 50 employees in most states).

Posted March 28th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Applies to those who have started the enrollment process and experienced an error

Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced that some consumers will have until mid-April if they were unable to enroll because of an error by the federal exchange or by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). People will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll for on-exchange plans before the deadline. 
Posted March 14th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Last week, the Obama administration released several new Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidelines. Of particular note, any individual or small group with a non-ACA compliant plan will be able to keep that plan in place for additional time.

Posted March 11th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Can people apply for individual health coverage after Mar. 31, 2014? 

Only those individuals that experience a qualifying event can sign up for a qualified health plan mid-year after March 31stMost qualifying events will create a special enrollment period that lasts for 60 days. 

Posted March 5th, 2014 in Producers, Employers
Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) has prepared a comparison chart to help you understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Mandate will be rolled out over the next two years. 
 
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Posted February 28th, 2014 in Producers, Employers

Today is the last day of February which means we are only one month away from the end of the first open enrollment period for individual health plans. March 31st is the last day that individuals can sign up for coverage without a qualifying event, but there is one big question that is still looming – Will the open enrollment period get extended to a later date? 

Posted February 7th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reported Exchange application submissions have exceeded 3 million.
  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated 2014 Exchange enrollment estimates to 6 million.
  • Some reports are showing that 22,000 Exchange applicants were enrolled in the wrong plan or received a lower subsidy than expected,  15,000 Exchange applications were lost and only 11% of Exchange applicants were previously uninsured.
Posted January 29th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the 2014 Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) last week. The 2014 FPL guidelines have been raised 1.5% in comparison to the 2013 FPL. The FPL is a measure of income used to determine eligibility for various government programs including healthcare, housing and food stamps. The FPL is also used as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to determine eligibility for subsidies available through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the Exchange.

Posted January 15th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a report earlier this week with details about enrollment numbers and other information as it relates to state and federal insurance exchanges. Below is a list of some key information that was included in the report.

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