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About W. Hunter Walton

Principal, Health & Welfare Consultant - Hunter provides advice and guidance to clients on the design, implementation and management of corporate benefit strategies. Hunter’s time spent consulting for the federal government in Washington, D.C., provides HCW and our clients with unique perspective and solid insight regarding healthcare reform.
13 04, 2017

House GOP Looking for Alternates to Health Replacement

By |April 13th, 2017|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on House GOP Looking for Alternates to Health Replacement

House GOP Looking for Alternates to Health ReplacementWhen leaders in the House of Representatives cancelled a scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act in late March, both President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated that the [...]

10 02, 2017

What Will Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Mean For Employers?

By |February 10th, 2017|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on What Will Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Mean For Employers?

What Will Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Mean for Employers_When former President Obama left office in January, President Trump inherited a Supreme Court vacancy that he would need to fill. After providing a list of candidates during the campaign, [...]

11 01, 2017

NC Healthcare Benefits & Cost Survey Now Open

By |January 11th, 2017|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on NC Healthcare Benefits & Cost Survey Now Open

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As the Obama era comes to a close, employers are looking ahead to the Trump Administration and trying to anticipate what changes will come down the road that will affect their benefit offerings. In order to evaluate all of the [...]

20 12, 2016

FSA Use On The Decline: Use It, Don’t Lose It!

By |December 20th, 2016|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on FSA Use On The Decline: Use It, Don’t Lose It!

fsa-use-on-the-declineA recent study by Aon Hewitt, shows that Flexible Spending Account (FSA) adoption by employees is declining. According to the study, the average FSA contribution per participant fell to $1,342 in 2015, down from $1,405 in 2014, while [...]

20 09, 2016

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Pays Record Fine

By |September 20th, 2016|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Pays Record Fine

bcbsnc-pays-record-fineOn September 15, 2016, the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NC DOI) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) announced a voluntary settlement in an ongoing investigation into a long string of complaints against BCBSNC. [...]

6 07, 2016

Is The GOP’s ACA Replacement Really “A Better Way”?

By |July 6th, 2016|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on Is The GOP’s ACA Replacement Really “A Better Way”?

Is The GOP's ACA Replacement ReallyThe Republican Majority in the House of Representatives recently unveiled their latest proposal, dubbed "A Better Way," to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Though the House has voted to repeal [...]

16 05, 2016

Be Prepared: Phase Two HIPAA Audits Are Coming

By |May 16th, 2016|HIPAA|Comments Off on Be Prepared: Phase Two HIPAA Audits Are Coming

be preparedThe Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on March 21, 2016, that it has officially begun Phase 2 of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [...]

10 02, 2016

Cooper, McCrory and Medicaid: The Race for North Carolina’s Governor

By |February 10th, 2016|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on Cooper, McCrory and Medicaid: The Race for North Carolina’s Governor

Cooper, McCrory and MedicaidWhile most of the conversation around the 2016 elections has been on the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, it’s important to remember that North Carolina will be one of 12 states electing a governor in [...]

9 09, 2015

Prescription Nonadherence Costs More Than Money

By |September 9th, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off on Prescription Nonadherence Costs More Than Money

As Americans continue to wrestle with increased healthcare costs, most of the focus has been on wasted dollars on unnecessary procedures, excessive markups on materials, and lack of competition in the marketplace. But one area that has been [...]

20 04, 2015

On-Call Scheduling And The ACA | Do You Comply?

By |April 20th, 2015|Compliance|Comments Off on On-Call Scheduling And The ACA | Do You Comply?

????????????????????????????Recently, New York made news when Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began investigating several national retailers for their practice of on-call scheduling. This is where employees must be prepared to work a shift, then call, text, [...]

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