US moves to ease employers’ Obama health-law burden

By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON | Thu Sep 5, 2013 6:46pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday issued proposed rules aimed at easing the requirements for companies and insurers when they report employees’ health coverage information to comply with President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. The proposed regulations are a key element […]

Mass. firms mull cuts in health benefits

WASHINGTON — Some Massachusetts companies are considering trimming employee insurance benefits as they prepare to implement provisions of President Obama’s health care overhaul, a move that follows announcements by several national firms that they plan to cut coverage, according to business leaders. In recent weeks, UPS and Delta Airlines, among others, have said they would […]

Health insurance marketplaces are not for seniors

While the Obama administration is encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage on the new online insurance marketplaces, federal officials are planning a campaign to persuade millions of seniors to please stay away — don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are […]

Delta Air Lines: Next Year, Our Health Care Costs Will Increase By ‘Nearly …

Delta Air Lines’s flagship, the Boeing 777-200LR. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We know that Obamacare will significantly increase the cost of individually-purchased health insurance in nearly every part of the country. But we’ve generally assumed that disruptions in the market for employer-sponsored health insurance will be less severe. In particular, large employers who self-insure should be […]

First Thoughts: Health-care battle continues

Health care battle continues… OFA releases new TV ad trying to boost the health law’s popularity, while GOP politicians try to chart a course on how to roll back the law… Gingrich: GOP can’t just be against Obamacare… Violence in Egypt represents foreign-policy disaster for U.S… The sequester’s impact on science funding… And the latest […]

Feds clarify Hill health coverage under Obamacare

The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a proposed rule allowing the government to continue to pay for a significant portion of health insurance for lawmakers and Hill staffers. The regulation begins to finalize a policy solution released last week in response to a growing controversy over how Hill staffers will get their health insurance in […]

Delay of new health law could help job market

An employment sign in the window of a Steve Madden shoe store in Pasadena, Calif., in June.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian Getty Images) The job market could get a modest boost from the Obama administration’s decision to give large employers a one-year extension to provide health coverage to their employees or face fines. Some consultants and economists […]

Health-Law Penalty Delay Clouds Individual Mandate

Article Excerpt Health-Law Penalty Delay Clouds Individual Mandate BY LOUISE RADNOFSKY, ANNA WILDE MATHEWS AND CHRISTOPHER WEAVER The Obama administration’s surprise decision to delay penalties for some employers who don’t offer health insurance led to a new debate Wednesday over whether the move could undermine efforts to expand access to health insurance for individuals. Supporters […]

Partisan Gridlock Thwarts Effort to Alter Health Law

Speaking to Democrats, he puts on his empathy hat: The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Its goal of universal insurance coverage is laudable, but its unintended consequences will hurt the cause. Almost no law as sprawling and consequential as the Affordable Care Act has passed without changes — significant structural changes […]