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The Fight over Hours is a Surprising Conservative Endorsement of Obamacare

New Orleans            Since the Republicans cannot realistically repeal the Affordable Care Act, one of the long predicted and now emerging fights in the new Republican Congress is over the definition of hours as a way to dilute the employer mandate to provide coverage.  Currently under Obamacare anything over 30 hours per week requires coverage and [...]

Losing Money on the Obamacare Rollover

Waveland     The window opened on the Affordable Care Act for changes in policies and closed again after a short month. The reports from CMS indicate that some 9 million or so either renewed by their own volition or automatically rolled over their renewal with their existing carriers in mid-December. This is good news, but there [...]

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 [...]