The Dec Page
Today's WSJ has a great op-ed about the slow-motion disaster that is the health exchange website:
HHS still refuses to disclose how much taxpayers shelled out for this exchange lemon. The money came from several ObamaCare, general HHS and Medicare accounts and flowed to more than 50 outside vendors, with several no-bid contracts awarded outside the normal procurement process.
Part 1 of my series made reference to a virtual DMV for health insurance. I have to retract that statement and apologize to the DMV. I have tried to log on and review quotes on a individual basis 7 times in the last two weeks. I have not been able to make it past the password creation screen.
The wait is over. The community-rated premiums are coming in ahead of the exchange opening October 1st. Health & Human Services has released a triumphant press release announcing:
Who knew that Lady Gaga could be a role model for business? Perhaps, not a role model but a cautionary tale? Not so surprising, now, huh? Gaga is being sued by her former personal assistant. I know that happens all the time to these Hollywood types, but this case is a little different because the former assistant claims she is entitled to overtime pay. Why?
No one will escape the reach of the Affordable Care Act. Every business regardless of size will see some impact. It may be small or quite large depending on your company's unique circumstances. What is your plan? Do you have one? Regardless of your answer, Tuesday, October 15th will give you one last opportunity to make sure you are putting your business in the best possible shape to handle the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
After many years of waiting to see what community rating will do to small employer groups, we are finally seeing real numbers. Unless your current insurance premiums are already high due to poor claims experience, the community rated rates are not pretty. So far, 15% is typical plus another 5% added in for the fees that will be applied to all group plans in 2014. This appears to be the starting point.
OSHA has released proposed silica standards that could present significant challenges to many contractors working with and managing their silica exposure. What is silica? Well, it's sand. Of course, sand by itself is not really dangerous (unless it happens to be a pool of quicksand that you are standing in without a rope). However, sand that is being ground or smashed into dust particles can be inhaled.