Magazine article Government Finance Review

Health-Care Update

Magazine article Government Finance Review

Health-Care Update

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Health-care benefits remain a major source of budgetary stress, and most state and local governments are searching for ways to bring down their costs while still providing an excellent employee benefit--and complying with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This issue of Government Finance Review provides useful tips on how it can be done.

In "Managing Public-Sector Retiree Health-Care Benefits under the Affordable Care Act," Michael Nadol, Jim Link, and Adam Benson consider some of the early initiatives for navigating the ACA, focusing on possibilities for shaping more affordable and sustainable retiree benefit programs within the public sector.

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act have been subject to numerous delays. In "ACA Action Steps for 2014; Another Look at the ACA's Shared Responsibility Provisions," Christopher S. Sears provides detailed instructions for complying with the act's shared responsibility obligations.

Governments are still developing aspects of their ACA strategy. In "Making Sure You're Really Ready: Compliance and Costs," Charlie DeWitt explains the importance of examining any existing processes or systems that could create a challenge to the organization's compliance effort.

For years, employers have been pursuing wellness programs as a way to decrease health-care costs by improving employee health. …

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