News & Notes – December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012

Authored by: Chris Rylands

If you’re reading this, it must mean the Mayans were wrong, so since the world is continuing, why not check out our list of recent News & Notes items?

  • A recent study by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans found that 84% of employers plan to keep offering coverage in 2014.
  • But even if its offered, an Employee Benefits Research Institute study found some employees might not take it if it Congress decides to tax insurance as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations (if you can call them that).
  • The Commonwealth Fund has put together an interactive map, and additional information, about various States’ decisions on implementing the PPACA exchanges.
  •  Since we have so often talked about Hurricane Sandy relief in this column, we would be remiss if we did not point out the additional chart and FAQs that the IRS has released.  These are included, among other items, in the most recent IRS Retirement News for Employers, as well.
  • We have noted that employers are considering private exchanges and some of the issues around that.  This Employee Benefits News guest post suggests that a private exchange might not make the best economic sense.  Do you agree?
  • Finally, in honor of the holiday season, we all know that co-workers sometimes push the boundaries of appropriate gift-giving.  We promise not to give you a harpoon.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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