Top 10 Milliman blog items for 2013


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Milliman publishes blog content addressing complex issues with broad social importance. Our actuaries and consultants offer their perspective on healthcare, retirement plans, regulatory compliance, and more. The list below highlights Milliman’s top 10 blogs in 2013 based on total page views:

10. In their blog, “Five keys to writing a successful qualified health plan application,” Maureen Tressel Lewis and Bonnie Benson highlight several best practices insurers should consider when submitting a qualified health plan application to the exchanges.

9. “Understanding ACA’s subsidies and their effect on premiums” offers perspective into the relationship between healthcare premiums and Federal subsidies for low-income individuals.

8. Funding for future Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) was eliminated as a result of the fiscal deal that was signed in December 2012. Tom Snook takes a look at how the deal affects CO-OPs in his blog, “CO-OPs: An endangered species?

7. Robert Schmidt discusses why the methodology used to determine COBRA premium rates is essential in his blog, “The growing importance of COBRA rate methodologies.”

6. A blog by Maureen Tressel Lewis and Mary Schlaphoff entitled “Five critical success factors for participation in exchange markets” highlights tactics that insurers offering qualified health plans may benefit from implementing.

5. “Pension plans: Key dates and deadlines for 2013” offers Milliman’s three retirement plan calendars (defined benefit, defined contribution, and multiemployer) with key administrative dates and deadlines throughout the year.

4. In her blog, “Fee leveling in DC plans: Disclosure is just the beginning,” Genny Sedgwick explains how investment expenses and revenue sharing affect the fees paid by definedcontribution plan participants.

3. Another blog from Maureen Tressel Lewis and Mary Schlaphoff, “Five common gaps for exchange readiness” describes items issuers of qualified health plans have to resolve before their plans can besold on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

2. In the lead up to implementation of the ACA, debate often centered on how the law would affect healthcare premiums. Our “ACA premium rate reading list” offers perspective on how rates may be affected.

1. In his blog, “Retiring early under ACA: An unexpected outcome for employers?,” Jeff Bradley discusses the impact that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on both early retirees and plan sponsors.

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