Benefit Solutions, Inc. (“BSI”) Names Jamie Bulls as National Senior Vice President to Drive Strategic Sales and Partnerships

Industry Veteran to Help Expand BSI’s National Footprint MUKILTEO, WA – Jamie Bulls has joined the Senior Leadership Team at Benefits Solutions, Inc. (BSI) as National Senior Vice President for Business Development and Sales, adding another key executive to help drive BSI company growth. “Jamie brings a consultative sales and channel orientation to complement BSI’s […]

2015 Better Workplace Award

AWB Honors Best Workplaces in Washington

Washington employers lead the way with innovative programs to encourage safety, train for the future and support workers with quality benefits OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business recognized four top Washington employers today with the 2015 Better Workplace Award, honoring proven commitments to innovative benefits, job training and workplace safety. The annual AWB Better […]

Employers with 50 or More Employees

Written by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA.gov) – Key Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act for Employers with 50 or More Employees Implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurs in stages, with many of the reforms and requirements taking effect in 2013 and 2014.  Some of the provisions that may impact employers with 50 […]

Employers with Up to 50 Employees

Written by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA.gov) – Key Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act for Employers with Up to 50 Employees Implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurs in stages, with many of the reforms and requirements taking effect in 2013 and 2014.  Some of the provisions that may impact employers with up […]

Employers with Fewer Than 25 Employees

Written by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA.gov) – Key Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act for Employers with Fewer Than 25 Employees Implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurs in stages, with many of the reforms and requirements taking effect in 2013 and 2014.  Some of the provisions that may impact employers with fewer […]

The Affordable Care Act – What it means for you

Written by the WASHINGTON STATE OFFICE OF THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER – Individuals and families Children can’t be denied health coverage if they’re sick No out-of-pocket costs for preventive services No cap on lifetime benefits Young adults can stay on their parents’ plan up to age 26 Seniors’ prescription drug “donut hole” closing No out-of-pocket costs […]

What The Heck Is Business Culture?

Written by Victor W. Hwang, Contributor with Forbes – Culture.  That’s a word I’ve heard a lot over the past two days here in Rio de Janeiro at the US-Brazil Innovation Summit.  But what does it mean?  And how does culture actually cause innovation? I attend my share of conferences, and sometimes I notice trends.  […]

Keeping it Straight: Essential Health Benefits and Annual, Lifetime, and Maximum Out-of-Pocket Limits

Written by John Barlament, Sarah Fowles with Quarles & Bradley LLC – There has been some confusion over how certain “essential health benefits” and annual, lifetime, and maximum out-of-pocket limits affect health plans offered by employers. We summarize the rules below. Note that these rules are part of the federal health care reform law, the […]

Instead Of Obamacare, Large Employers Will Keep Coverage

Written by Bruce Japsen, a contributor with Forbes – About 90 percent of self-insured employers say they “don’t plan to move any” of their insured workers to public exchanges, which are making their debut this fall under the Affordable Care Act, a national business coalition said. The Midwest Business Group on Health report showed employers had […]

Rejections could send Washington HIX off the rails

Written by Bill Melville, a contributor of the Health Leaders Inter Study – For most of its brief existence, the Washington Health Plan Finder looked like a model state-run exchange. Nine carriers representing a good mix of commercial and Medicaid players filed to sell policies. The state moved quickly to build its exchange infrastructure and […]

The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Work

Written by Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington and a former chief economist to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. – Among the various attacks on the Affordable Care Act, one of the more coherent — a low bar, given what’s out there — is that […]

Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015

Written by Avik Roy, Contributor with Forbes – First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in theFederal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, relying […]

Two Critical Components Of Your Innovation Ecosystem

Written by Henry Doss, Contributor – Forbes –  We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot Last week I talked about five key reflections to consider as you build out a strategic […]

GSK’s Witty, Humana’s Broussard To Speak At Second Forbes Healthcare Summit

Written by Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff – Last December, Forbes held its first-ever Healthcare Summit, a conference designed to bring executives, doctors, and thinkers from hospitals, pharma, and the insurance business together at one stunning venue, the glass-lined stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. Steve Forbes interviewed Rick Perry. I interviewed […]

Kaiser Family Foundation Video

The Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a short 7-minute video on Healthcare Reform and how it will affect consumers and the way they get coverage.  They’ve done a good job of taking a complex topic and presenting the information in a way that’s easy to understand and straight-forward.
We highly encourage everyone to watch it.  It won’t take a lot of time and will hopefully paint a more complete picture on what options consumers will have come 2014.