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Dec 21, 2010

Health Care Reform Update

December 17, 2010

Health Care Reform: Preparing for 2011 and beyond 

Thank you for all you've done to help our customers navigate the early stages of health care reform. As more regulations and guidelines come out in 2011 and in the following years, we'll continue to communicate with you regularly. We'll also continue to respond to your needs and your questions as quickly as possible, so you have the tools and information you need to help customers make informed decisions. Here's a brief look at what we're planning for next year: 

Health care reform website/tool enhancements - As part of our commitment to provide you and your clients with leading-edge tools and information, we created a health care reform website, small business tax credit calculator and grandfathering decision tool in 2010. To make sure these resources stay fresh, we will continue to solicit input from brokers and employers and make enhancements to the site. Check out the latest enhancements, including an interactive health care reform timeline, on our health care reform website. 

New health care reform employer guides - We're currently developing new employer guides, which will again be versioned by group size. The focus will shift from 2010 provisions to 2011 and beyond. In addition, we'll include more information to help your clients determine strategic next steps with assistance from you. When available, the updated guides will replace the current versions in the library section of the health care reform website. 

Sample notices and language - To help our customers comply with health care reform mandates, we will continue to develop sample notices (such as the dependent age 26 and lifetime limits notices we provided in 2010), as well as sample language for use in plan documents and other materials. Chances are if a group needs some language, we have it - and as a service to our customers, we're providing it at no cost. You and your clients can find these sample notices in the library section of the health care reform website. 

Webinars - In 2011, we will continue to sponsor free webinars for brokers. If you missed our most recent health care reform webinar, now may be the perfect time to catch up. A link to the archived presentation is available on the home page of the health care reform website. 

We look forward to working with you in 2011 and well into the future. Your knowledge and input are vital to making health care reform work for our customers and our members, and we will never take for granted the value you bring in helping us achieve that goal. 

This is the last health care reform communication planned for 2010! Happy holidays and we'll be back in 2011!

New fact sheet on employer responsibility and automatic enrollment available

The health care reform law requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer minimum essential coverage starting in 2014. Employers who don't meet this requirement will be subject to penalties. In addition, employers with more than 200 full-time employees must start automatically enrolling full-time employees in 2014.  

We have developed a new fact sheet that includes more details about these provisions, as well as talking points. The fact sheet is based on information in the health care reform bill. After the interim final regulations are released, we will provide additional details about the provisions, including any business decisions.

Getting to the bottom of your health care costs       

Did you know: 10-year study indicates spending for prescription drug use in America is on the rise?

U.S. spending for prescription drugs more than doubled to $234.1 billion over the 10 years covered by a study released by the Centers for Disease Control in September 2010 as part of its National Center for Health Statistics data brief. Among those ages 60 or older, 37% used five or more prescriptions per month.

Now you have a single, reliable resource for health care reform information.

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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