Walgreens to provide employees with healthcare subsidy while ACA public exchange deadline looms

September 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Walgreens has announced it will provide eligible employees with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage in 2014 through its proprietary “Live Well Benefits Store,” a marketplace that is an outsourced solution through Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange.

The new program allows Walgreens to continue offering health insurance and wellness benefits to its employees as the plan administrator while providing tools and resources that help employees personalize coverage for themselves and their dependents.

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New regulations change details on workplace wellness programs

May 30, 2013 1 COMMENTS

Final rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on employment-based wellness programs raise the maximum reward that may be offered by certain wellness programs and expand nondiscrimination protections for sick employees.

The final rules under President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were issued May 29 and will be effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

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HHS Approves Almost 2,000 Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Applications

September 21, 2010 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that almost 2,000 employers were accepted into the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program created by the health care reform legislation. These employers will start receiving reimbursements for employee claims from the program this fall.

The approved applicants represent the broad spectrum of the economy, including businesses (32 percent), state and local governments (26 percent), union sponsors (22 percent), schools and other educational institutions (14 percent), and nonprofits (five percent).

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Early Retirement Program’s Launch Date Moved Up

May 06, 2010 0 COMMENTS

A part of the massive health care reform law aimed at encouraging employers to offer health insurance to early retirees is set to launch June 1.

Regulations for the Early Retirement Reinsurance Program were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 4. The program will provide $5 billion for employer health plans that offer coverage to early retirees who are ages 55 to 64. That’s a group the White House considers particularly vulnerable because they aren’t eligible for Medicare until they reach age 65 but they’re in an age bracket that makes them more likely to report fair to poor health.

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