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Jan 17, 2021

A Message From the Editor

Advisors and their employer clients are keeping a close eye on a few key pieces of regulation. There’s plenty of uncertainty around the new hospital price transparency rules set to go into effect beginning this year. Will hospitals comply with the regulation right away? How can brokers and employers prepare for the implementation of new rules in 2022 and 2023? Meanwhile, how will the incoming Biden administration impact U.S. health care policies? We’ll continue to keep a close eye on Biden and his team as they decide whether to tweak, add to, or eliminate Trump policies.

Also, be sure to register for the 2021 BenefitsPRO Broker Expo. And check out our call for presenters if you'd like to join us as a speaker.

– Paul Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, BenefitsPro

News

How benefits brokers are preparing for new health care transparency rules

By Michael Popke

They say now is the time for employers to boost their health care literacy and ask plenty of questions. Read More

Commentary

5 areas the health care industry must improve in 2021

By Bird Blitch

The pandemic has sown us what happens to health care providers that have been laggards in digital transformation efforts. Read More

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Analysis

CDC: U.S. 2020 deaths total will be at least 12% higher than expected

By Allison Bell

The preliminary numbers include about 28,000 excess deaths not classified as involving COVID-19. Read More

News

Tennessee gets approval for first Medicaid block grant

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

Instead of the open-ended federal funding that rises with higher enrollment and health costs, Tennessee will instead... Read More

News

AHA asks HHS for leniency in enforcing transparency rules

By Alan Goforth

In a letter, the American Hospital Association outlines the burden created by COVID and vaccination efforts. Read More

Analysis

Study finds the ACA reduces income inequality, warns against repeal

By Scott Wooldridge

Repealing the ACA would disproportionally burden low-income American families, researchers say. Read More

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News

Dems take the Senate: What does it mean for health care?

By Alan Goforth

Even with Democratic takeover of Senate, experts predict incremental changes to health care policy. Here's what to watch. Read More

News

Biden's first challenge: Undoing Trump administration health care policies

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News

The incoming administration will also have to decide whether it wants to tweak or add to Trump policies rather than... Read More

Save the Date

BenefitsPRO 2021 Call For Speakers Now Open

BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2021 – AUGUST 16-18, 2021 | We are currently accepting speaker submissions for the 2021 in-person event, taking place in August at The OMNI LA COSTA in San Diego. Showcase your industry expertise in front of more than 1,000 brokers, agents, and consultants by submitting your topic(s) for speaking consideration. Simply click the learn more link to begin. The deadline for speaker submissions Friday, January 15, 2021. Learn More

Resources

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