November 25, 2013 – Deadline for Jan. 1 health coverage extended by 8 days

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6 ways leaders can better engage workers | Deadline for Jan. 1 health coverage extended by 8 days | HealthCare.gov’s capacity to double by month’s end with tech enhancements
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November 25, 2013
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6 ways leaders can better engage workers
Offering constructive performance-based feedback, having consistent expectations and letting employees know the larger strategy are three keys to engaging workers, Steve Adubato writes. "Sometimes, as a leader, sharing a difficult question or challenge with employees and asking for their feedback will engage them in identifying a possible solution," he writes. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (11/24)

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Deadline for Jan. 1 health coverage extended by 8 days
The application deadline for consumers seeking insurance coverage by Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act was moved Friday by the White House from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23. "We want to give people time to make their decisions," CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille said. The change affects coverage that begins on Jan. 1, while the deadline for 2014 coverage is still March 31. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/22), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (11/22)

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HealthCare.gov’s capacity to double by month’s end with tech enhancements
Hardware and software additions this past weekend and this week will allow HealthCare.gov to handle 50,000 users simultaneously by Nov. 30, the tech team’s Jeff Zients said. The website, which can currently handle 25,000 users at a time, will be able to accommodate at least 800,000 users on a daily basis because of these additions, he estimated. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/22)

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§ CMS: Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov will be ready at end of November
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/24)

Annuities, hybrid products offer new options for long-term care
Clients searching for practical ways to pay for long-term care have a variety of new tools to meet their needs through innovative products that combine annuities or life insurance with long-term care insurance, write professors William H. Byrnes and Robert Bloink. Clients can even fund long-term care insurance with tax-deferred contributions already made to an IRA through the use of an IRA annuity, they note. National Underwriter Life & Health (11/21)

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Other News

§ Supreme Court considers taking case on corporate religious freedoms under ACA
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/24)

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Market Trends

Consumers see success with online brokers
Consumers have had better luck enrolling in health insurance plans through online brokerage sites than through the federal exchange, but the sites cannot yet process Affordable Care Act tax credits. For people who aren’t looking for credits, the sites provide a way to resolve coverage questions now, and they allow access to the expertise of insurance agents. USA Today (11/23)

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More patients pay greater attention to medical bills
A TransUnion poll showed 55% of patients reported paying greater attention to their medical bills in the past 12 months. Researchers also found the Affordable Care Act made 62% of patients more concerned about out-of-pocket costs and 60% more concerned about total medical expenses. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/21)

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