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Italy’s Health Care and Views on Reform in U.S.

Health Care in Italy. What Italians think about the U.S. Health Care Reform. I spent the last 10 days in Florence and Lucca, Italy where I attended a Rotary meeting with 95 established member businessmen such as nephrologists, opthamologists, attorneys and bankers. (They do not yet allow women to join the Rotary in this region.) I asked several of the […]

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Our Health Care Exchange – Cover Oregon

What employers are asking – A few things you may not know about the exchange Many of my local clients have been asking a lot of questions about the exchange the past few weeks, so here are answers to the top 10 questions: Individuals and small employer groups under 50 employees are eligible to purchase […]

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Surviving a DOL Audit

Mark your calendars for a free webinar “Surviving a DOL Audit”. The DOL has been performing random employer audits to ensure compliance as it relates to various mandates under the Affordable Care Act. Be prepared! The fines are very large. Register today. http://bit.ly/10Jat1s

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Health Care Reform Has A Birthday – What do we know after 3 years?

Health Care reform turns 3. Working with individuals and employers over the past three years has been difficult in many cases, to say the least, but my glass remains half full. I believe there have been many great outcomes that have resulted in reforming our health care system since inception just three years ago. 1) Due […]

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PSU Guest Lecture on Health Insurance Consulting

Health Insurance Consulting PSU I had the privilege of speaking to a wonderful group of Health Systems Organization students at Portland State University this past week. Many of the students are looking to complete their Masters in Health Care Administration. or studying Health Care Policy. Dr. Jill Rissi, Assistant Professor, Public Administration at Portland State […]

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Employer Notice Requirement for All Employers Delayed

Health and Human Services has postponed the employer notice requirement originally set for March 1, 2013. We should be receiving information on the new date soon, but for now, it’s tentative for late summer or fall 2013 (since the exchange marketplace is set to open October 2013). The written notice must include: 1) Health Insurance […]

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Mandatory Sick Leave for Employers in Portland

Should employers be required to provide sick leave to employees? Amanda Fritz has proposed a requirement for all Portland employers to provide sick leave to their employees. This proposal will be brought to City Council on January 31st at 2:00 at the City Hall. The drive behind the proposal is if you have a fever […]

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Increased Employer Pre-Tax Transit Benefit

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 restores the pre-tax benefit for employees commuting to work on public transit from $125 to $240. This benefit is basically a tax shelter for the dollars you spend on public transportation if your employer participates in the federal program. This is a one year extension and is tentatively set […]

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Employers are staying in the “Offer Health Benefits” Game

In line with what we are hearing from other parts of the country, our Portland small groups are continuing to offer health benefits to their employees. They want to continue to play for a few reasons: 1) They need stay competitive in the marketplace. It’s been difficult to find great talent locally and benefits are still a great incentive for new hires- they […]

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10 Things You May Not Know About The ACA

Our Proskauer Attorneys helped us better understand a few items in the Affordable Care Act. Here are the top 10: Costs will increase – An increase in costs will come from Direct Costs by way of taxes and penalties, Indirect Costs by way of administrative reporting and Unknowns that will have to do with compliance. […]

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