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How the Largest Companies in the U.S. Buy Health Insurance

May 1, 2017

This story originally appeared on www.businessjournaldaily.com BOARDMAN, Ohio – May 1, 2017 What do Marriott, Verizon, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, American Express and Coca-Cola have in common? For starters, two years ago they joined forces with 35 of the largest employers in the United States in purchasing health insurance. This coalition represents 6.5 million insured employees…

DCW Group Surveys Local Businesses About HR, Benefits Amid Healthcare Reform Debate

April 6, 2017

BOARDMAN, Ohio (April 6, 2017) – DCW Group, a local employee benefits consultant, has launched a survey among Mahoning Valley businesses to gauge the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Business owners and human resources professionals are encouraged to take the 5-10 minute online survey, found at dcwgrp.com/survey before June 1, 2017. Results will be…

What in the healthcare is going on in Washington?

March 30, 2017

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Speaker Paul Ryan pulled from the floor the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), once it was clear that the bill was short on votes to pass.  Effectively, this means the AHCA will not…

HHS Extends Transitional Relief through 2018

February 24, 2017

In a February 23, 2017 bulletin the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced another extension of the transitional relief period. This extension would allow the renewal of transitional (grandmothered) plans for policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2018 and allow grandmothered plan coverage to continue through December 31, 2018. States can choose…

DCW Group’s Gearhart speaks at national employee benefits conference

February 17, 2017

BOARDMAN, Ohio (Feb. 17, 2017) – DCW Group partner Bob Gearhart, Jr., spoke as a panelist to a collection of industry peers at a national employee benefits conference in Nashville last week. Gearhart was among an Innovation Panel at ASCEND, The Agency Growth and Leadership Summit, and was chosen to speak about how his firm…

10 Actions Brokers want from the Trump Administration

January 26, 2017

This article first appeared on www.employeebenefitsadviser.com 1) Trust in market forces “The prospect of decreased regulation and increased competition is a thrilling outlook as compared to sloshing through a highly regulated and rapidly shrinking marketplace under the ACA,” says Bob Gearhart Jr., partner at Boardman, Ohio-based DCW Group. “Rather than focusing on policies to dictate…

President Trump Issues Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act

January 24, 2017

President Trump moved swiftly after taking office on Friday, issuing an Executive Order intended to minimize the economic and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  The order is somewhat symbolic and has no immediate effect on employers, many of whom are in the process of complying with the ACA’s onerous reporting requirements (Forms…

Trump and Healthcare: what’s next for Ohio’s patients, hospitals and taxpayers

January 16, 2017

This story originally appeared on www.wfmj.com Written by: Lindsay McCoy, Reporter YOUNGSTOWN Ohio As Republicans take their first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, many across the valley are bracing for the potential ripple effect such a maneuver could mean. Health systems are among some of the largest employers across Northeast Ohio. “We’re not…

Insurance experts encourage Americans to hold tight as Congress works to repeal Affordable Care Act

January 4, 2017

This story originally appeared on www.wfmj.com Written by: Kate Keller, Healthy Living Reporter BOARDMAN, Ohio – January 4, 2017 While Republicans have made it clear they’ll repeal the Affordable Care Act, they admit their replacement plan is far from ready. “The repeal could take a matter of months.  The replacement of the other hand is…

Federal court blocks expansion of overtime

November 22, 2016

On Tuesday the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Labor from implementing a rule imposed by President Barack Obama‘s administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1. The injunction will delay…