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AIS Newsletter Finds Four Key Reasons for Lack of Interest in Small Business Health Options Program

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

Since the beginning of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services has offered regular enrollment updates for federally facilitated exchanges, but has been silent about the state of its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Some industry observers contacted by Atlantic Information Services, Inc.’s (AIS) Inside Health Insurance Exchanges (HEX) wonder if SHOP will ever attract interest. For its April issue, HEX identified four key barriers that could have led to limited participation in SHOP.

(1) The small-business tax credit isn’t attractive enough. The maximum credit is available only to the smallest small businesses (10 or less) with lower average annual wages per worker ($ 25,000 or less), and without real financial incentives, private insurance exchanges will appear to be the better option.

(2) There’s a lack of employee choice when it comes to choosing a plan in SHOP. In most states with federally facilitated exchanges, employers aren’t given the choice to choose a plan on the program, due largely to calls for a delay from state regulators who worried that a poorly functioning employee choice program would lead to delayed payments to carriers, misinformation, consumer confusion and adverse selection, HEX says. Chris Condeluci, a principal at CC Law & Policy in Washington, D.C., who worked for the Senate Finance Committee during the crafting of the health reform law, told HEX that SHOP is “clunky” and “glitch-riddled.”

(3) SHOP faces competition from private exchanges. For most small businesses, private exchanges offer more options and better features, such as decision-support systems, education tools and end-to-end transactional services, Condeluci tells HEX. They also offer full employee choice for medical coverage, and offer ancillary products and services such as vision, dental, life, financial and payroll, increasing their attractiveness.

(4) Once employers have to give up their grandfathered, non-ACA compliant plans, enrollment on SHOP is expected to increase slightly, HEX says, but the majority of employers are expected to explore their options with a broker or move to a private exchange.

“The underlying market isn’t so broken that employers are crying out for a solution,” Rosemarie Day, president of Day Health Strategies and former chief operating officer of the Massachusetts exchange, told HEX. “What they want is dramatically lower premiums, and that’s not what SHOP offers.”

Condeluci worries that more tax dollars will be funneled into SHOP “until we come to the realization that we spent billions of dollars on SHOP, which was a failing exercise.”

Visit http://aishealth.com/archive/nhex0415-01 to read the article in its entirety, which also reviews some of the most successful state-based exchanges in Utah, California and New Mexico.

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Inside Health Insurance Exchanges provides hard-hitting news and strategies on public and private health insurance exchanges, written for business leaders with health plans, pharma companies, hospitals and health systems, brokers and agents, and exchange managers and vendors. The newsletter delivers reliable intelligence on this critical cornerstone of health reform — the players and their partners, product designs and enrollment results, employer perspectives and much more. Visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/inside-health-insurance-exchanges for more information.

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Seattle-area Seniors Show Great Interest in Naturopathic Solutions


SEATTLE (PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Bastyr University and Era Living are collaborating to enhance the health and well-being of older adults with a year of free workshop offerings at Era Living communities located throughout the Seattle metro-area.

Topics range from nutrition and supplementation to movement and alternative therapies to combat inflammation, stress, pain, moodiness, weigh issues and more with the desired result of a more educated older population.

“Part of the goal of naturopathic medicine is to prevent problems from happening before they start,” says Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “Studies have shown that by taking a proactive approach to one’s own health can lead to not only a longer life but one filled with better quality as well.”

This collaboration is savvy for both Era Living and Bastyr; seniors are the fastest growing segment of the American population, yet often have little knowledge of natural medicine and its benefits. Since the partnership began one year ago the presentations have been welcomed by seniors from throughout the Seattle area.

“Lectures by Bastyr professors at Era Living communities have received some of the highest attendance of all the classes offered as part of our lifelong learning program,” says Era Living Programs Development Manager, Tina Hall. “Era Living residents, their families, friends and neighbors all want to learn more about natural ways to be and stay healthy. Bastyr and its team of wellness focused practitioners are helping our residents feel great in mind, body and spirit.”

Dates, times, lecture titles and locations include:

Thursday, March 19, 10:30am – 12noon

Just Breathe (tips to reduce stress) with Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB

Ida Culver House Ravenna

2315 NE 65th Street

Seattle, WA 98115

RSVP: 206-523-7315

Friday, April 7, 2pm – 3:30pm    

Herbs for Immune Health with Dr. Natalie Walsh, ND, MS    

Aljoya Thornton Place

450 100th Street

Seattle, WA 98125

RSVP: 206-306-7920

Tuesday, May 5, 2pm – 3:30pm     

Better Health at Any Age (Say Yes – tips for better nutrition and exercise) with Dr. June Kloubec, PhD

Aljoya Thornton Place

450 100th Street

Seattle, WA 98125

RSVP: 206-306-7920

Tuesday, September 15, 2pm – 3:30pm

Survivor Nutrition (tips for diabetics, cancer survivors, kidney health) with Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD    

Ida Culver House Broadview

12505 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle WA 98133

RSVP: 206-361-1989

Thursday, October 15, 2pm – 3:30pm

Acupuncture for Aching Joints with Dr. Kathleen Lumiere, LAOM, MAc, LAc

Ida Culver House Broadview

12505 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle WA 98133

RSVP: 206-361-1989

Tuesday, November 3

Survivor Nutrition (tips for diabetics, cancer survivors, kidney health) with Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD    

University House Wallingford

4400 N. Stone Way

Seattle, WA 98103

RSVP: 206-545-8400

Tuesday, December 8, 10:30am – 12noon

Just Breathe (tips to reduce stress) with Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB

University House Wallingford

4400 N. Stone Way

Seattle, WA 98103

RSVP: 206-545-8400

Since 1987, Era Living has been dedicated to fostering a healthy and engaging environment of whole body wellness, culture, warmth, and social fulfillment – providing premier healthcare services and enriching activities at all eight of its communities. Era Living communities are Aljoya Mercer Island, Aljoya Thornton Place, Ida Culver House Broadview, Ida Culver House Ravenna, The Gardens at Town Square, The Lakeshore, University House Issaquah, and University House Wallingford.

Bastyr University is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr’s campus located near Seattle, Washington, offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, ranked as one of the Puget Sound’s top medical facilities for patient experience in 2013. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California opened in San Diego, in fall 2012, becoming California’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.

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