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Apr032017

Now What, After the Demise of The Republicans’ Health Care Plan?

The death of the “do or die” GOP health care plan, as the bill was pulled from a floor vote in the House on March 24, 2017, comes as no surprise. It was a non-coherent bill that depended entirely on votes from a large Republican majority in the House, but exposed bitter divisions between the hard-right Freedom caucus and more...

Mar022017

9 Trends Driving Employee Benefits in Q2 2017 and Beyond

As the employee benefits industry moves into the second quarter of 2017, it becomes increasingly clear that there is an atmosphere of unpredictability. One thing is certain in this field: Employers and advisers who embrace change will be well positioned for the future.  While we may not have a crystal ball, the following are 9 employee...

Feb012017

Farewell Mandates? ACA Likely to Change Substantially Under Trump Administration

Employer mandate and Cadillac tax are among provisions being targeted.

The day after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the U.S. Senate would move to swiftly try to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "It's pretty high on our agenda as you know," the...

Jan012017

A look ahead at health news in 2017

The past year saw skyrocketing health insurance premiums, an election that threatened the Affordable Care Act, fading concerns about Ebola and increasing worries about Zika.

What will the new year bring in health news? We asked Northland experts to look into their crystal balls, and here are their thoughts on some of the big topics...

Dec012016

Trump's new Cabinet pick wants to destroy Obamacare

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia on Tuesday was nominated as the new secretary of health and human services by President-elect Donald Trump.

A former orthopedic surgeon, Price has an...

Nov012016

Expect your health insurance costs to rise in 2017

You'll pay a little more for your workplace health insurance plan next year. Health insurance premiums will increase by 5 percent in 2017 for employees, according to a recent study from the National Business Group on Health, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents large employers.

That's about on par with...

Oct032016

Ten ACA Changes for 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to evolve. Here are 10 changes expected to take effect in 2017.

  1. The Health Insurer Tax, which is approximately 2.3% of premium, will be suspended. This tax on health insurance companies will only be suspended in 2017.
  2. The Transitional...
Sep022016

Employers Passing Rising Healthcare Costs onto Employees

Healthcare costs are rising. And as employers face higher price tags, many are pushing costs onto workers to help maintain budgets.

The average cost per covered employee has increased by nearly $500 in the span of one year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s new Health Care Benchmarking Report, released...

Aug012016

Donald Trump vs. Hilary Clinton: The Future of Obamacare

If crowdsourcing is any indication, sentiment on health care stocks is bearish, no matter who wins the presidency.

As part of an attempt to democratize investor opinions about the stock market, a New York company called...

Jul012016

Analysis of 2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

Marketplace premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), already a subject of perennial interest, have gained even more attention amid unfavorable financial results from some insurers, as well as initial reports of steep premium increases requested for 2017. Several factors will influence how premiums will change in 2017, and there is reason...