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Business & Industry
4:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

Although the federal health insurance Marketplace for small businesses has been delayed until next month, employers still have some obligations that they must meet this week under the Affordable Care Act. 

That includes telling employees about the  launch of the individual Marketplace, where employees MAY find coverage options through the approved plans. 

All employers must distribute a U.S. Labor document that informs employees of the Marketplace and options. 

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Health Insurance Exchanges
12:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Rolls Out

While Virginia Republicans are demanding a delay of the Affordable Care Act, the White House moved forward with its plan to open up health insurance exchanges today.
 

The political fight in Washington over so-called Obamacare has not delayed the rollout of a signature feature of the law: health exchanges where people can compare prices and tailor insurance plans for their needs. Still, Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, are doing just about all they can to fight its implementation.

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Health & Medicine
5:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Navigating the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Enrollment is set to begin October 1st for Virginia’s new health insurance marketplace, which will be operated by the federal government.

The exchange that opens this week is for individuals, while the small business program—known as “SHOP”—will open on November 1st.  But not every plan will be available everywhere in the Commonwealth.

 

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UVA Education Study
1:53 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

On the Minds of Middle-Schoolers.....

With regular reports these days about school shootings, you might expect kids to be somewhat nervous, but a new survey shows students in 453 middle schools around the state feel safe - and most like school.

University of Virginia Professor Dewey Cornell polled about 40,000 kids in 7th and 8th grades.  He found more than two thirds like school, feel comfortable asking teachers for help with school work, and feel safe.  Cornell says two elements were key to those positive findings - structure and support.
 

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Government & Politics
8:50 am
Mon September 30, 2013

VaNews for 09.30.13

The drive across Afton Mountain on Interstate-64 can be one of the most dangerous in Virginia when the weather turns nasty. But it may soon become a little less risky. And there’s been a  dustup over chickens in Spotsylvania County. Stories about both were among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.  

 

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