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We Asked People What They Know About Obamacare. See If You Know The Answers

On January 16, 2017
The Affordable Care Act brought the rate of uninsured Americans to a record low 9 percent in 2015.

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Health Care Priorities for 2017

On January 12, 2017
The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that health care is among the top issues, with the economy and jobs and immigration, Americans want President-elect Donald Trump and the next Congress to address in 2017.

US Sen. Rand Paul casts protest vote as Senate takes first step toward ACA repeal

On January 12, 2017
Republican Sen. Rand Paul, MD, of Kentucky, on Wednesday voted against legislation designed to aid in the repeal of the ACA, reports USA Today.

100-year-old doctor still working at Mass General Hospital

On January 5, 2017
After decades of work at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Walter Guralnick cut back.

AMA to Congress: Lay out ACA replacement before repeal

On January 5, 2017
The American Medical Association called on Congressional leaders to outline an ACA replacement plan before repealing the healthcare reform law.

FACT CHECK: Once Again, Lawmakers Are Stretching The Facts On Obamacare

On January 5, 2017
President Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were both on Capitol Hill, making competing cases for and against Obama’s signature health care law.

The Stacks - 4th quarter 2016

On January 3, 2017
This is "The Stacks" from The Phia Group's 4th Quarter 2016 newsletter.

The Phia Group Appoints Tim Callender, Esq. as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

On January 3, 2017
Braintree, MA – The Phia Group, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Tim Callender to the role of Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Opinion: I’m a former health insurance CEO and this is what Obamacare repeal will do

On January 3, 2017
There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do — take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business!

List of Self-Funded Industry Acronyms

On December 15, 2016
By popular demand, The Phia Group has published a list of common or helpful industry acronyms. This list has historically been used this as a training tool for The Phia Group's own employees, but it is being provided here in the hopes that it is found informative. The Phia Group thanks you for sharing its common goal of reducing health care costs and helping the self-funded industry grow.

2017 Phia Forecast

On December 13, 2016
2016 has been another huge year for self-funding, and a year of significant change for healthcare in general – and with the results of the recent presidential election, 2017 is slated to be an exciting year as well. 2016 has played host to all sorts of new federal regulations, state laws, market trends, and cost-containment options, and we expect 2017 to be even more unpredictable…but still great for self-funding.

Independent Consultation & Evaluation

On November 22, 2016
The Phia Group has for more than a decade been a source of document review, claim analysis, and regulatory compliance consultation for the health benefits industry. Today, statutory changes are occurring with greater frequency, and the industry needs objective analysis and expert consultation now more than ever before. With an ICE subscription fee, clients can preemptively budget for and share the cost of this invaluable resource – allowing The Phia Group and their clients to focus on what is really important – results.

The First 100 Days: President-elect Donald Trump, Healthcare, and Self-Funding

On November 21, 2016
The election is behind us, and no matter who you supported, it was one of the most divisive in recent history. Regarding the contentious topic of healthcare, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a better, more efficient system. The future of our industry is sure to change.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Ethics: Simple Mistakes vs. Breach

On November 15, 2016
As the Department of Labor hones in on what is ethical (or unethical) and what constitutes fiduciary liability, plan administrators, third party administrators, brokers, and various advisors who service self-funded plans must make a renewed effort to ensure that their actions are in compliance with current legal and ethical standards. All self-funded entities must take steps to avoid actions that may be deemed unethical or in violation of their considerable responsibilities - and even when exercising good faith, it is still possible to act unethically.

How Low Can You Go? Managing Specialty Drugs, Reducing Overall Pharmacy Spend, and Unraveling the Mystery Behind PBMs

On October 27, 2016
Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs, are an important factor in the cost and value of self-funding - yet many TPAs, brokers, and plan sponsors feel it is impractical to even look into changing the status quo. Self-funded plans and those who service them, however, should be constantly on the lookout for effective alternatives to their current procedures - especially in this aggressive economic and legal climate.