Monthly Archives: October 2013

Obamacare: It’s not that scary






Happy Halloween everyone. To go with today’s theme, we thought we’d talk about something that’s been scaring people for a long time – the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare. But the truth is that it really isn’t that scary – … Continue reading






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Healthcare.gov: New Look, New Deadline






The Healthcare.gov individual marketplace website has gotten a subtle but important facelift. The smiling young lady who was previously featured on the site has been replaced by four circle icons representing the different ways someone can shop for and enroll in subsidized … Continue reading






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Obamacare Truths and Myths






For agents, one of the most difficult things about explaining the health reform law to their clients is separating fact from fiction. That’s because both sides have been guilty of bending the truth to fit their own agenda – supporters … Continue reading






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Marketplace glitches give procrastinators a second chance






We’re all guilty of it from time – PROCRASTINATING. Usually this bad habit comes back to bite us, but the almost complete failure of the government’s marketplace rollout has given brokers who haven’t yet developed an individual solution for their … Continue reading






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Obamacare survives debt deal






If you’ve been holding your breath and hoping that the government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations would lead to the defunding or postponement of the Affordable Care Act, now’s the time to stop. In a rare act of bipartisanship, Senate … Continue reading






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Spanish videos help explain health reform






The Affordable Care Act is hard enough to explain in English – it seems that almost nobody understands how the law will truly impact them and their families. So how in the world can agents communicate the changes to their … Continue reading






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An opportunity for agents who sell Medicare products






Agents who specialize in Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D products have a unique opportunity under the Affordable Care Act. While thousands of group brokers nationwide are struggling to figure out how to sell individual products, agents who … Continue reading






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DOL Guidance on Defined Contribution






For years, employers have had the option of funding their employees’ health insurance premiums – including individual health insurance premiums – through an HRA, an IRC Section 125 cafeteria plan, or some other sort of tax-free employer payment plan. These … Continue reading






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Government shutdown could cause more bad info






Pretty much everyone in the insurance industry has spent much of the last three-and-a-half years frustrated at the incorrect, incomplete, or complete lack of information about the ACA provided by HHS, Treasury, and the DOL. Sure, they have a difficult … Continue reading






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Progress Report: the first week of open enrollment






Well, it’s been a week now – the new federal and state exchanges went live one week ago. So how are they doing? Nobody will be surprised to learn that the answer is “not great.” That’s right – the big … Continue reading






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