Matt Schwartz

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12 Tips for Preventing a Home Burglary

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

As noted in an informative HomeAdvisor.com article, a burglary takes place about every 18 seconds in the United States. That adds up to nearly 200 per hour and approximately 4,800 every day. These are startling statistics, but the good news is, the more you learn about burglary, the more effectively you can help protect your home and family.

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Topics: Personal Insurance

Patient-Centered Outcomes/Comparative Effectiveness (PCORI) Fee FAQ - Updated 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 @ 09:06 AM

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee initially applied from 2012 to 2019. However, in December 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 extended the fee to 2029.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Tips for Banishing Bad Workplace Eating Habits

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

You keep trying to change your bad eating habits, but being at the office all day makes it hard. If you feel sometimes like your wellness plan is being sabotaged at your workplace, you’re not alone.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness

2021 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 10, 2021 @ 08:06 AM

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee deadline is around the corner. In
Notice 2020-84, the IRS adjusted the applicable dollar amount to be multiplied by the average number of covered lives for purposes of calculating the fee for policy years and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - May 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Jun 9, 2021 @ 10:06 AM

May 2021 was a somewhat busy month in the benefits industry. The absence of a significant amount of agency guidance during the summer months is to be expected. However, the IRS finally issued guidance on the temporary 100% COBRA subsidy mandated by the American Plan Rescue Act of 2021, following guidance issued by the DOL.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Meet Core Value Winner: Markina Thompson - June 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 7, 2021 @ 11:06 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, Markina Thompson has "lived" our core value of "Success Will Come."

Here's her story:

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Topics: Business Insurance, Core Value Winner

9 Tips for Preventing Attached Garage Fires

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 3, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

Attached garage fires accounted for about 2% of all residential building fires reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System from 2009 to 2011. Overall, 2% might not seem like a lot, but it equates to 6,600 individual fires resulting in 30 deaths, 400 injuries and $457 million in property damage. 

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Topics: Personal Insurance

IRS Guidance on Reduction in Hours for COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 1, 2021 @ 09:06 AM

The IRS recently issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

8 Safety Tips for Grilling Out

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, May 27, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

'Tis the season for enjoying the outdoors and grilling out - and homeadvisor.com has shared a safety tip sheet that everyone would be wise to follow.

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Topics: Personal Insurance

Webinar: Complicated Issues Under the COBRA Subsidy Rules

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, May 25, 2021 @ 09:05 AM

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19