MLR Rebate Considerations - Private Plans

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 @ 08:07 AM

Updated July 2019

Insurers with medical loss ratios (MLRs) that were below the prescribed levels on their blocks of business must issue rebates to policyholders. Since 2015, insurers must pay rebates to policyholders by September 30 following the reporting year.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Are Higher Standards Needed for Wellness Programs?

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 @ 09:07 AM

The popularity of wellness programs has been steadily increasing over the last several years; however, along with the pros, there are also cons to consider.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Employee Benefits

Webinar: What's Driving Claim Costs and Employer Solutions

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 08:07 AM

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT

Join Symetra Life Insurance Company for a webinar hosted by Marien Diaz, VP of Stop Loss Claims, and Todd Dzen, Director of Product Management for Group Life, Disability, and Select Benefits.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Learning Events

How to Keep Shift Workers Healthy

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 10:07 AM

Companies that don’t have normal business hours generally find many positives with regards to allowing shift work. Healthcare facilities, call centers, and manufacturing warehouses are some of the most common industries that use this type of scheduling.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Business Strategy

Compliance Recap - June 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 @ 08:07 AM

June was a relatively busy month in the employee benefits world. The Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Treasury published final rules that removed the prohibition against integrating a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) with individual health insurance coverage and recognized certain HRAs as limited excepted benefits.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Ignoring Workers' Mental Health Proving Costly for Employers

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Workplace stress and high job demands are costing employees their lives. However, employers have the ability to help workers by offering them the right kinds of benefits.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Business Strategy

Contraception Mandate Rolled Back for Employers - 2019 Updates

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 @ 08:06 AM

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) released two final rules on November 7, 2018, regarding contraceptive coverage exemptions.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Benefits for a Caregiving Population

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 @ 09:06 AM

Work-Life balance continues to be a challenge for many employees; consequently, more and more of them are looking to their employers for help with personal needs – especially when it comes to caregiving.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement

Tri-Agency Final Rules on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 14:06 PM

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) released their final rules regarding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Webinar (An Overview - Part Two): What Employers Need to Know about Handling Benefits when Employees Are on Leave

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 08:06 AM

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

This webinar is Part Two of our two-part series and will cover how an employer should handle health benefits when employees are on leave.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Learning Events