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Affordable Care Act Renewal Time and the Puzzles for Workers

New Orleans      The window has now opened for new signups under the Affordable Care Act.  This time around there won’t be any do-overs or make-ups, I’ll bet.  The Administration is already soft selling the numbers and predicting less than 10 million enrollees by the end of 2015, dampening expectations, either tactically or determinedly.

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Small Employers and Nonprofits Caught in Healthcare Bind

New Orleans    Talking to small employers about the health care exchange has been a slog, and it doesn’t look like it will get that much easier soon.

The numbers are also somewhat daunting in the aggregate. Businesses with fewer than 50 workers don’t have to provide coverage under the mandate. They employee 34 million people though [...]

More Healthcare Hustles as Companies Try to Scam Workers and Government

New Orleans   We are on a countdown to the open window for enrollment and renewals under the Affordable Care Act, so now the employer hustles and scams are getting more and more scary and sketchy.   The Wall Street Journal dryly reported the other day in an article about companies scrambling to avoid penalties that [...]

French Fudging May Point to Coming Business Loopholes in US on Employer Mandates

New Orleans     The headline in the Times spoke of “the 49ers of France,” conjuring up images of the 49ers of California Gold Rush fame, drawing me in completely. These 49ers though were small business owners who moved heaven and earth to not allow their businesses to reach 50 employees which would in the Times’ words, “unleash nearly three dozen French labor [...]

Taking the Affordable Out of the Affordable Care Act

Shreveport          Two different federal appeals courts, one in the notoriously Republican-dominated, 2nd Circuit in Washington, DC, and the other a bit more mainstream in Richmond, Virginia came down with contradictory decisions on whether or not the Affordable Care Act allows subsidies to be given in the 36 states where Governors and state legislators have stood [...]

Sodexo Stumbles While Squeezing Through Obamacare Loophole

New Orleans   Obamacare continues to be contentious with daily reports arguing about the issue from Nobel Prize economist and columnist Paul Krugman’s assessment of the good news to more conservative pundits arguing we are on the verge of huge price shocks coming in the 2015 rating levels.  One thing that continues to be indisputable is [...]