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Fundamentals of the ACA: Where it Went Wrong, Part II – The Individual Mandate

by Colin RhodesSeptember 18, 2018 11:00 AM

Following a 19.1 percent-32 percent hike in 2018, 2019 Obamacare rates are expected to rise by double digit percentage points, again. Though speculation by market experts have resulted in a slew of responses as to why premiums have continued to rise, 2019’s increase is one of the most cut and dry responses by insurers to current reform changes. Within this article, we’ll explore the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, which happens to be one of the pillars the ACA was built on: the individual mandate.

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Medical Tourism: How a GMS Employee Found Quality, Affordable Treatment in a Different Country

by Matt SchoolcraftJuly 12, 2018 8:00 AM

With the soaring costs of healthcare in the U.S., many citizens feel they are left with little to no alternatives when it comes to significant surgeries and procedures. This has helped propel many to look into the latest trend of “medical tourism” in an effort to get the operations they need without breaking the bank.

Citizens may be uneasy about the idea of receiving care outside of the United States, but there are some great facilities and specialists in other countries where the same level of treatment—or even better in some cases—can be received at a fraction of the price. That was the case for GMS employee Christine Mace when her husband Dan required hip surgery back in 2016.

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Do Wellness Programs Really Work?

by Tim AustinMarch 14, 2018 8:00 AM

Wellness programs have become very popular in recent years. In its 2017 Employee Benefits Survey, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 24 percent of organizations added to their wellness benefits, which was the biggest increase for any benefit during the year. 

While more businesses are investing in wellness initiatives, some owners may ask how effective workplace wellness programs really are. The answer to that can depend on your goals.

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Is Your Health Plan Ready for 2017?

by Andrew SzczesniakOctober 11, 2016 8:00 AM

Don’t look now, but Fall is upon us and we are closer to the start of 2017 than we are the start of 2016.

We have a Presidential election coming up in a few weeks, meaning that there will be a change in the leadership of this country, one way or another. Either way, expectations are running rampant about changes to healthcare plans in 2017 and the compliancy tied to those programs.

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The Benefits of a PEO: Better Group Health Coverage

by Tim AustinJune 13, 2016 8:00 AM

As a business owner, it makes sense to offer great healthcare benefits to your employees. Unfortunately, health care premiums don’t always come cheap, so it can be difficult to find a group health plan that provides you with plenty of bang for your buck.

That’s where a Professional Employer Organization can provide some assistance. Partnering with a PEO can help you offer premier group health insurance coverage without you having to break the bank. Here’s how a PEO can help you get better group health coverage.

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Four Things You Should Ask Your Health Insurance Provider About

by Tim AustinMay 10, 2016 8:00 AM

Healthcare is an important part of any small business. That’s why it’s important that you ask your medical insurance company about their services. It can be easy to turn a blind eye to what your insurance company is doing, but you should get a better understanding of how they’re serving you so that you can evaluate what they’re doing to help you. Here are four healthcare topics you should ask about.

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5 Little Known Ways a TPA Can Help Save on Your Healthcare Costs

by Tim AustinOctober 29, 2013 12:35 PM

With the waters of healthcare becoming murkier every day, employers and employees abdicate many of the cost-auditing responsibilities regarding their healthcare to their insurance company. Unfortunately, placing this level of trust in your company’s health insurance carrier leaves the proverbial fox to mind the hen house.

Those who purchase health coverage through a commercial provider mistakenly believe their insurance company is actively advocating for them and monitoring the costs incurred for healthcare services. While this is far from the case, the shocking part of this reality is that the insurance companies are forcing you to pay more than you should for your company's coverage.  

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