Obama Care Rollout Problems Continue

The rollout of the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obama Care continues to have significant difficulties with its initial launch, as do Obama administration officials running the program.  This week, two different Congressional Committees – one in the House and one in the Senate – heard HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius describe the…

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Maryland Releases Health Exchange Numbers From 1st Week

Despite the absence of solid participation numbers being reported by the Obama administration after the first week of open enrollments in the health exchanges, the state of Maryland has bucked the trend and released the week’s activity through their health exchange.  The Maryland health exchange activity was reported in the Baltimore Business Journal.

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Glitches Continue, But You Should Stay Informed

With the provisions of Obama Care changing so regularly, you are well advised to sign up on one of the many websites that provide up to date information on Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.  DDIFO will certainly continue to fill that void as best we can, but there are a couple of sites that you…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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Employer Mandate Delayed, But Health Exchanges Start October 1

Although sighs of relief were heard when the Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, members should remember that the mandated state (or federally) run Health Exchanges are still required to be available come October 1, 2013.  The state of Maine just this week released a comparison of small…

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Shifting Costs

In still more news relating Obama Care, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported on a survey by a business group in Wisconsin that revealed 53% of employers are shifting more costs onto employees while 36% are advocating wellness and value-based health programs. Read more

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The Golden Rule of Profitability

Kent Bernhard, Jr. writes at Portfolio.com that a new study by Harvard finds that treating the people at the lowest rung of the corporate ladder right isn’t just a nice thing to do. It improves the bottom line.

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The New Health Care Law: Q&A For Franchisees

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed The Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) – the “fixes” bill which makes some amendments to the original health care bill. On March 30, President Obama signed the bill into law, completing the year-long process of passing health care reform. In an effort to inform and educate franchisees, the CFA Government Relations Department has provided below “Question and Answers” to help explain the details of the law to it’s association members.

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URGE YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE RECONCILIATION PACKAGE!

The Reconciliation Act of 2010 contains increased penalties for non-compliance and requires employers to include part-time workers when determining whether their company qualifies as a small business. The Senate is currently debating the bill and will begin considering amendments shortly before voting on the bill. As you may recall, the bill only needs 50 votes (with Vice-President Biden as the tie-breaker) for passage. Take Action Now!

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