Health Care Executives Say Health Care Reform Is Not Going Anywhere

U.S. health care executives say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is likely here to stay, despite repeated calls from Republican lawmakers for repeal of the 2010 law aimed at providing health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

Top executives who gathered in San Francisco this week for Continue reading

Health Care Reform Keeping 72 Percent of CEOs from Hiring

Unemployment numbers remain consistently high and CEOs are wary of future business conditions. In fact, chief executives are so pessimistic that over 66 percent expect that the size of their workforce will either stay the same or decrease over the next year according to Chief Executive magazine’s CEO Confidence Index for August 2011.

Of those who plan to hire, most will do so in a limited way; 74 percent of hiring CEOs will increase their workforce by less than 10 percent. This does not bode well for the 9.1% of US workers who were unemployed in July.

So what will it take for CEOs to start hiring?

Many challenges in the business climate Continue reading

Health Care Reform Keeping 72 Percent of CEOs from Hiring

Unemployment numbers remain consistently high and CEOs are wary of future business conditions. In fact, chief executives are so pessimistic that over 66 percent expect that the size of their workforce will either stay the same or decrease over the next year according to Chief Executive magazine’s CEO Confidence Index for August 2011.

Of those who plan to hire, most will do so in a limited way; 74 percent of hiring CEOs will increase their workforce by less than 10 percent. This does not bode well for the 9.1% of US workers who were unemployed in July.

So what will it take for CEOs to start hiring?

Many challenges in the business climate Continue reading

Health Care Reform: It’s a Mistake to Dial Down the Messages to Employees

This year’s been a quiet in terms of health care reform.

There aren’t major changes as there were last year or as there will be in 2014. Because of that, many employers are turning down the dial on health care reform messages and information.

That’s a mistake.

With annual enrollment about to steamroll us, employers have a brilliant opportunity to introduce what’s coming down the pike — which will be dramatic, no matter the company size. Employers are facing decisions about whether to continue offering benefits and how rich to keep their benefits plans.

4 rules you should be focusing on

What’s driving these decisions is the health care reform timeline. In 2014, employers will face a number of new requirements, possible penalties and a potential exit hatch: health insurance exchanges.

Despite some startling projections and thoughtful rejoinders, our magic 8 ball’s been dreadfully unwilling to deliver concrete answers  Continue reading