Critical Illness Insurance - Facts You Need to Know

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 @ 10:07 AM

As pointed out in an Employee Benefit News article, critical illness insurance has been around for three decades, but it’s still growing and evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of employees.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Personal Insurance

Anthem - Important Kentucky Small Group COVID-19 Updates

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 29, 2020 @ 09:06 AM

Recently, Anthem made some important updates related to COVID-19 timeframes.  

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Employers - Should You Change Your Vacation Policy?

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 @ 11:06 AM

Summer is finally here, and odds are many of your employees are planning their vacations. As pointed out in an article in Employee Benefit News, in recent years employers came to the realization that they need to offer more time off to compete for talented workers.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Company Culture, Employee Engagement

Update on Nondiscrimination Regulations Relating to Sex, Gender, Age and More

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 @ 08:06 AM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Low-Cost Perks to Help You Stay Competitive

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 @ 09:06 AM

It’s a fact that small companies need to compete for talented workers just like the big ones do – but they don’t have the necessary funds to provide employees with lavish benefits. However, if you own a small business, you don’t have to break the bank to offer worthy options.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Company Culture, Employee Engagement

Compliance Recap - May 2020

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 8, 2020 @ 08:06 AM

May was a busy month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

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

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 @ 08:06 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, Employee Benefits

Anthem Issues Premium Credits to Employer Groups

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 @ 17:06 PM

Shelter-in-place orders across the country have caused significant disruption to traditional patterns of care. As a response to these challenges, Anthem is supporting customers by issuing premium credits to Fully Insured employer groups based on their April 2020 invoices.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

IRS Extension of Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 @ 08:06 AM

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Webinar: Leave Policies and Handling Health Plan Benefits When Employees Return from Leave Due to COVID-19

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, May 28, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

Join this webinar for help with best practices for leave policies, handling group health plan benefits for employees that are taking leave, and handling group health plan benefits when employees return from leave.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Learning Events