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HCR Update: Anthem Tools for Health Care Reform

Oct 05, 2010

Health Care Reform Update

September 24, 2010



It's so easy to get your own version of the employer's guide to health care reform   

This brochure is filled with details about current and upcoming health care reform provisions that affect groups - and it looks good too. Contact your account representative to find out more.

Inside the brochure you'll find helpful information, including:

  •  A year-by-year look at the effective dates of the reform law provisions
  •  A chart outlining how the law affects different types of health plans
  • Details on special programs and cost savings created by the law
  •  Definitions of significant health care reform law terms

What should employers expect after September 23? 

The answers are in this quarter's e-zine being e-mailed to employers today. Other articles include information on cholesterol, health screenings, wellness and affordable retiree coverage. 

See this quarter's e-zine

Use our tools to make tough health care reform decisions a little easier 

Two of the health care reform provisions, grandfathering and the small business tax credit, can provide great advantages for some businesses. But they are complex and might require some number crunching to figure out. To help you understand these provisions, we have set up two free tools on our health care reform website . These tools help take the guesswork out of these decisions, and they're fun to use. 

The grandfathering decision tool can help you better understand grandfathering - the process businesses must follow to keep their current health care plan. 

The small business tax credit calculator (powered by H&R Block®) helps small businesses (25 and fewer employees) estimate potential health insurance savings under the health care reform law.

Getting to the bottom of your health care costs       

Did you know: Defensive medicine is a key contributor to wasteful health care spending?

More than half the money spent on health care in the United States is wasted and could be used to purchase the New York Yankees...1,200 times. An estimated $1.2 trillion of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the United States is wasteful with redundancies, unnecessary tests and procedures leading the way. The findings are the result of the April 2008 180° Health Forum in Washington, DC, hosted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, whose results were published in The Price of Excess: Identifying Waste in Healthcare Spending.

This content is provided solely for informational purposes: it is not intended as and does not constitute legal advice. The information contained herein should not be relied upon or used as a substitute for consultation with legal, accounting, tax and/or other professional advisers.

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