DOL Report Flunks a Major Test
In its short life, the report, which was released April 15th, has collected its share of criticism. Trade groups and lobbyist have termed it "irrelevant" and "minimalist." There are complaints that the information is skewed toward the benefits offered by large employers and has little application to small employers and individuals.
In the DOL's defense I'll say that anyone who has ever tried to decipher their own health benefits plan knows that the documents are often less than clear. But you know what I do when I'm confused by my benefits? I pick up the phone and ask the benefits manager.
The DOL was charged with identifying benefits that are typically covered. It's an important piece of the healthcare puzzle and could affect coverage for years to come. Who knows, lives may even depend on the benefits selected.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- CEO Exchange: Preparing for Population Health
- Advocate, NorthShore Deal Would Create 16-Hospital System
- Better HCAHPS Scores Protect Revenue
- 3 Strategies for Retaining Millennial Employees
- Narrow Networks Cut Costs, Not Quality, Economists Say
- Power of price: In South FL and the nation, healthcare costs often are shrouded in secrecy
- Hospital mergers may lead to higher prices
- Healthcare data of 1 million NJ patients compromised since 2009
- CEO Exchange: Pressure is On to Partner, Drive Quality