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Mandatory Group Health Plan Employee Notification under ACA

The Affordable Care Act requires that notices about the health insurance exchanges have to be given to current workers no later than Oct. 1, 2013. The notices have to be given to new workers on the day they are hired.


Sole Proprietor Small Group Plans Dropped Under Health Care Reform

Sole proprietors with small group plans might be surprised when they are notified that their current health insurance company will be discontinuing their coverage in 2014. With the advent of guarantee issue individual and family plans under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), some carriers have already decided to discontinue issuing small group plans to sole proprietors.


New Covered California Small Business Plans Look Competitive

Covered California released their small business health option plans (SHOP) for small employers and they might prove competitive for some companies with less than 50 employees. There will absolutely be small businesses that will not participate because they don’t want to support any government bureaucracy, even if it is to their benefit.


Covered California Loses Sales Director Michael Lujan

From past experience, Lujan’s focus has been in the small business group market and that was the area he was initially brought in to manage. In recent months it has become evident that SHOP may not play as well as some people had anticipated. On top of the nervousness from small businesses and their lack of enthusiasm over the ACA, Anthem Blue Cross announced they won’t participate in SHOP.


Covered California funds massive outreach and education effort

The overwhelming majority of the funds in the individual market are allocated to organizations targeting specific counties to promote Covered California.


California health insurance CO-OP may be dead

I’ve talked with numerous people who, like me, had high hopes that CO-OPs would be a consumer focused option where the business model was not driven by profits.


Covered California builds small business group plans with PCMI

While having a fully functional small business Covered California portal is important, it still remains to be seen how many of the estimated 375,000 small businesses in California will actually participate to set up health insurance plans for employees.


California moving forward with health insurance CO-OPs

With Governor Brown’s signature on AB 1846, California can now move forward with the development of Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans (CO-OP) health insurance programs for small groups and businesses.


Sacramento Business Spirit is Alive: Tweetups, Inventions, Art, Collectives

Within the span of 4 hours I met no less than 25 small business people that were excited to be a part of the Sacramento business community.


How Will Healthcare Reform, ACA, Impact Small Business Group Health Insurance?

Small businesses will not be under the employer responsibility requirement if they have fewer than 50 employees. I don’t expect small, medium or large businesses to jettison their existing group insurance plans.


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