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Archive | March, 2016

2017 Out-of-Pocket Maximums and Marketplace Guidance Finalized by HHS

HHS published the final version of its 2017 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters on March 8, 2016. The Notice is issued each year as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The guidance is focused on the ACA Marketplaces and insurers offering qualified health plans and does include several items relevant to employers and group health plans, specifically: […]

CM Smith PE Expert Discusses the Role of the Broker

With all the buzz in the marketplace about private exchanges, it’s hard to determine fact from fiction. Especially for brokers who want answers about their future in the employer-sponsored benefits landscape. Scott Stauffer, C.M. Smith’s Vice President, Group Operations, recently participated in the Institute for Health Care Consumerism’s Private Exchange Forum in Dallas.  Along with […]

Legal Alert: Extended “Fix” For Individual and Small Group Plans

In 2013, the Obama Administration responded to nationwide complaints about health insurance plans being cancelled or not renewed because of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by offering a one-year moratorium on key aspects of the market reform provisions under the Act. That relief was later extended for two years to policy years […]