Matt Schwartz

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Final Rule on the Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants and Beneficiaries Due to COVID-19.

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Mar 4, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

3/2/2021 Update: The DOL issued EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 providing that the outbreak period relief noted below ends on the earlier of one year from the date an individual or plan was first eligible for relief (extension period) or the original outbreak period of 60 days after the announced end of the COVID-19 National Emergency. As of the date of this writing, the COVID-19 National Emergency has not ended.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

A Prescription Drug Warning for Drivers

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Mar 2, 2021 @ 09:03 AM

Everybody knows that you shouldn’t drink and get behind the wheel of a car. However, not everyone realizes that prescription drugs can also impair a person’s ability to drive or operate machinery.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Personal Insurance

Webinar: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Group Health Plan Considerations and COVID-19 Vaccine Wellness Programs

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Appropriations Act) was enacted. The Appropriations Act contains various provisions affecting group health plans including health FSA and DCAP relief, mental health and substance use disorder parity, and the No Surprises Act.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events, COVID-19

4 Positive Examples of Company Culture

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 10:02 AM

Creating an awards system for workers or celebrating an employee’s birthday are positive examples of company culture. The larger the company, the more perks a business will usually offer.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Company Culture, Employee Engagement, Business Strategy

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Advance EOB, Patient/Consumer Protections and Reporting

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Feb 22, 2021 @ 09:02 AM

On December 27, 2020, former President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Appropriations Act). The Appropriations Act amends Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), Part 7 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and Chapter 100 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

What Group Plan Sponsors Need to Know about ERISA - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Feb 18, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed in 1974. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is the agency responsible for administering and enforcing this law.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

4 Easy Ways to Burn Calories at Work

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 @ 09:02 AM

Sitting at a desk for eight plus hours every day can wreak havoc on your health and your waistline – even if you work out on a regular basis.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness

Compliance Recap - January 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Feb 12, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

January was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Biden issued a memorandum putting a regulatory freeze on new rules. President Biden also issued an executive order on strengthening Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the ACA

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Feb 10, 2021 @ 10:02 AM

On January 28, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Executive Order). The Executive Order instructs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider establishing a special open enrollment period (SEP) for individuals to enroll in or change their current coverage under federally facilitated health insurance marketplaces.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Meet Core Value Winner: Maureen Lippy - February 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Feb 8, 2021 @ 09:02 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, Maureen Lippy has "lived" our core value of "Quick to Smile."

Here's her story:

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Topics: Business Insurance, Core Value Winner, Personal Insurance