News for Federally-facilitated Marketplace Agents and Brokers – July 2015

  An electronic source of information for Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) Agents and Brokers In This Issue: ·         FFM Agent and Broker Training for Plan Year 2016 Will be Available Through Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-Approved Vendors and the CMS Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS) ·         Webinar: Plan Year 2016 Registration and Training for…

Will mergers stifle Healthcare reform?

July 10th, 2015 | By: Paloma Nazar The 2010 healthcare law was supposed to promote competition among insurers, and for many policyholders it’s done just that. These days, though, the insurance industry is going through a wave of mergers that threatens to leave the consumer with fewer choices. Aetna’s $37 billion purchase of Humana, the…

Medicare Advantage 2015 Spotlight: Enrollment Market Update

June 30th, 2015 | Gretchen Jacobson, Anthony Damico, Tricia Neuman, and Marsha Gold Despite concerns that reductions in payments to Medicare Advantage plans enacted in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) would lead to reductions in Medicare Advantage enrollment, the number and share of Medicare beneficiaries enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans has continued to…

Starting Wednesday, Obamacare will punish businesses who help employees with health care

July 1st, 2015 | By: Eric Boehm  Employers who reimburse their workers for health care costs will face massive tax penalties beginning Wednesday. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, with its mandate that all Americans purchase insurance and requirement for businesses to offer employees insurance plans, many small companies provided coverage by…