People with health insurance plans that don't comply with Affordable Care Act standards can keep them through October 2017 if their states allow it, as set in a series of final Obamacare rules that were announced this week. The extension now includes people in the small-group market, whose employers will start becoming subject to Obamacare's mandates in 2015. The rules also simplify the paperwork that larger employers will have to file under ACA. ASAE public policy SVP Jim Clarke, CAE, said for associations with their own plans, these new rules will have no impact, though the rules could help employees of associations who are in such plans. He advises associations seek guidance from their respective states for questions regarding the new rules.
In a new report called "The Day Off Dividend,” U.S. Travel Association has unveiled an initiative to get Americans to use their paid time off - just over three days per worker. Unused leave cost the U.S. economy $160 billion in spending that could support 1.2 million jobs in multiple industries, ranging from retail to manufacturing to transportation, according to the association. Over the next year, U.S. Travel intends to spark a national discussion by releasing a series of original research reports examining why American workers fail to use the time off they have earned and the negative impacts this creates.
Steven R. Graboff, M.D., prevailed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit against the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Graboff originally sued AAOS for defamation and false light invasion of privacy. The decision can be viewed here: http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/132229p.pdf.
Associated General Contractors of America will launch a new private insurance exchange with Willis North America. The new exchange will be called "The AGC Alternative," and is expected to be live this summer. The exchange is designed to allow the association's member firms to deliver better health insurance and related benefits to their employees at a lower cost. The association expects the private exchange to reduce costs and the administrative burden of providing insurance benefits for the 95 percent of member firms that report they already provide health insurance to their employees.
National Association of Surety Bond Producers and the U.S. Hispanic Construction Association have formalized an agreement to improve the business knowledge and capabilities of the construction business community through outreach and education, with the aim to enhance their ability to qualify for surety credit.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give the keynote speech at the 2014 Association of American Publishers general annual meeting, March 19 in New York. "Hillary Clinton's unprecedented public service has been marked by tireless commitment to improving learning, quality of life and opportunities for people worldwide. These are priorities shared by our member publishers and reflected in the high-quality works they produce," AAP CEO Tom Allen said.
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine will establish a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. “As a member of the ACGME, the AAMC believes that a strong unified system is critical to the nation's health in today's changing health care environment. As the system develops, we expect that it will continue to raise the quality of graduate medical education for new physicians, ensuring a consistently high quality health care workforce for the future,” AAMC CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said.
Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers launched a Membership Product Promotion Platform (M3P) online guide directory that will showcase the products and services of its members. M3P offers the combined functions of a membership directory, a product source guide, and an industry search portal. It works by using Cloud Search Portal technology to automatically crawl and index the websites of all AWFS member companies.
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, opposes the FY2015 White House budget proposal, which calls for an additional $4.2 billion in new and higher taxes on airlines and their customers. A4A urged Congress to reject the proposal, and recognize that commercial aviation is a key enabler of job growth and U.S. economic activity that could contribute at an even greater level, if not impeded by excessive taxes and regulations.
Profitable Association, an association sales company, sold-out the 40,000 net-sq.-ft. technology pavilion of Associated General Contractors, as part of CONEXPO-CON/AGG tradeshow, the largest in North America. Held every three years in Las Vegas, it is the largest construction industry show with 2,400 exhibitors covering 2.46 million sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor and more than 125,000 participants.
Emily Hoagland to research director, Plexus Consulting Group. She was a program manager at Weill Cornell School of Medical Sciences, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in sociology at Cornell. She succeeds Paul Duffy, PhD, who retired last year. Plexus currently is conducting its annual strategic monitor on the changing opportunities and concerns of association executives worldwide. Details, strategicmonitor.questionpro.com,
Engage, a company specializing in design and development of web and mobile solutions, has open-sourced its suite of DNN modules. All Engage modules are now available for free to the DNN community at large, licensed under the MIT open-source license.
Paul J. Sacco, CEO of the Massachusetts Lodging Association, has been named to the American Hotel & Lodging Association 2014 board, representing the Partner State Association segment.
Associations International was named one of Kentucky’s Best Places to Work by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and the Kentucky Chamber in the small sized employer category. AI employs nearly 100 association professionals at its Lexington-based headquarters. AI was formerly a division of Host Communications and IMG.