Matt Schwartz

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How to Resist Those Holiday Food Cravings

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Nov 23, 2020 @ 09:11 AM

The holiday season is upon us - time for indulging in food that you may not normally eat. Whether you're anticipating the receipt of gift baskets at the office, or being tempted by all the holiday goodies in the supermarket, your mind is constantly being coerced into wanting sweets and treats. Don't give in to the cravings!

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Topics: Worksite Wellness

Compliance Recap - October 2020

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 19, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

October was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) renewed the public health emergency due to COVID-19 which took effect on October 23, 2020.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

How Charitable Acts Can Benefit Your Business

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Nov 17, 2020 @ 09:11 AM

Companies that engage in charitable acts don’t usually expect to receive anything in return; however, giving back to their community can benefit their business in the long run.

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Topics: Company Culture, Business Strategy

Updated: HRAs, HSAs and Health FSAs - What's the Difference?

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

10/26/20 Update: Updated for the 2021 EBHRA limit, 2021 Health FSA limit, and 2021 QSE HRA limit. Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), health savings accounts (HSAs) and health care flexible spending accounts (HFSAs) are generally referred to as account-based plans.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Meet Core Value Winner: Jackie Cordle - November 2020

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 10:11 AM

Every month, Schwartz Insurance Group selects a peer-nominated associate to receive a Core Value Award. The winner is chosen because they "lived" one of our agency's core values - typically an event or accomplishment above and beyond the call of duty in serving our customers. This month, Jackie Cordle has "lived" our core value of  "Consider it Done."

Here's her story:

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Topics: Core Value Winner, Personal Insurance

How Having a Regular Exercise Routine Can Benefit the Brain

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Nov 9, 2020 @ 09:11 AM

Ever wonder if your brain is benefiting from your daily workout routine? Recent studies show that exercise is just as good for those little gray cells as it is for the rest of your body.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness

Final Rules on Coverage Transparency

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 5, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

Part One

On October 29, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments), released final rules on coverage transparency.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

The Popularity of Pet-Friendly Perks

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Nov 3, 2020 @ 09:11 AM

Companies are well aware that in today’s competitive job market, it is necessary to offer employees healthcare and voluntary benefits to attract and retain talent. Not surprisingly, more and more employers over the last five years have been willing to offer their workers perks that extend to their family pets.   

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Oct 30, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

Part One

Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as President Trump’s third U.S. Supreme Court (Supreme Court) Justice on October 26, 2020, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Justice Barrett’s vote could be a deciding factor on whether the ACA remains law.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

The COVID-19 Effect: Reducing Burnout in Your Workforce

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 10:10 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an effect on employees - the extreme stress and fatigue is putting their mental and physical health at risk. According to a new report from employment platform Monster, there has been a 20% increase since May in workers who report they are feeling burned out.  

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Topics: Worksite Wellness