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Not a Fan of Obamacare?: The Options

Affordable Care ActBelow is a summary of three dominant approaches being suggested by people who want to see significant change with Obamacare:

#1 REFORM:  Those coming from this school of thought think repeal is so unlikely that reform is the most realistic approach for making changes to healthcare as we now know it.

#2 REPLACE: This camp includes those who believe the law should be repealed but who think this ...

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Healthcare Spending Under Obamacare: What Does it Mean?

Economists at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report that 2013 had the lowest annual increase in spending since 1960, the year the government began tracking this statistic.  The slow growth of just 3.6 percent is only partly explained by Obama’s health care law because it was only partly implemented in 2013.  Obamacare actually had a push and pull effect on the economy.  That ...

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Poll About Obama Care May Surprise You

According to a 2014 Rasmussen poll:

  • 13 percent want to keep the new health care law as is
  • 30 percent want to repeal the ACA
  • 52 percent want Congress and the White House to “go through the law piece by piece to improve it”

Likewise, the following surveys echo growing support for amending rather than scrapping the Affordable Care Act:

Where do you stand on this issue?  Let your voice be heard ...

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Laws Going Into Effect January 1st

In Florida:

  • The tax rate on gas increases .03%
  • Minimum wage increases to $8.05 per hour and the tipped employee minimum cash wage increases to $5.03 per hour.

In all states:

  • Federal employees (except members of Congress and political appointees) will receive a 1% pay raise.  This will be the first federal pay raise ...
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The Affordable Care Act In the New Year

Are you one of the many who will face a higher premium next year?  Do you have any recourse?

According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, in the 35 states including Florida where Washington runs the health exchange, the most popular type of plan will go up an average of 5 percent in 2015.  Such an increase is ...

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What do Hispanics and Obama Care have in common?

 

Boosting the number of enrollees beyond the 6.7 million who signed up the first year of Obama Care depends on reaching those who’ve been long uninsured or who’ve never been insured.  With Hispanics accounting for a large share of the nation’s uninsured, they’ve become a highly desirable demographic to market in year two of the nation’s health care overhaul.

Only 11 percent of those who enrolled during the ...

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Is Your Local Government Prepared for the Shift?

A tidal wave of retirement is coming and with it will go decades of knowledge.  Over the next five to ten years a potential 35% of local government workers are set to retire.  This is because–although many boomers delayed retirement following the economic downturn starting in 2008–their retirement grows inevitable as economic conditions improve.   Do you know how YOUR local government is preparing?

Governments set to weather this sea ...

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Worker’s Comp Claims to Go Up in 2015

Get your safety measures up to par, employers!  Ready or not, 5-6 million workers (who were previously loathe to file worker’s comp claims) may be gaining legal status.

Until now, these workers were shy to draw the attention of government and healthcare workers for fear that their legal status might be discovered.  (This is nowhere more true than in non E verify states.)  However, President Barack Obama announced a program of “deferred action” on November 20, 2014, which permits roughly 45% of illegal immigrants to legally stay ...

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What You Don’t Know about the Affordable Care Act (May Hurt You)

Over 214,000 doctors don’t plan to participate in new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
According to a survey conducted this year by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), a trade association comprised of multi-physician medical practices, “as many as 214,524 American physicians will not be participating in any ACA exchange products.” Reasons abound as to why, but, “chief among them is the fact that ...

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Safety Best Practices 101

As you audit safety practices in your workplace, consider the following:

  • Fall protection—Injury and death rates from falls are on the rise worldwide so–if you focus on one safety area this year–plan to step up your fall protection efforts, particularly if it’s deemed a high risk in your profession.  Keep in mind, though, that with the graying of the workplace, falls becomes more of an issue in any workplace.  Provide wellness ...
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