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DOL Finalizes 90-Day Delay of New Disability Benefit Claims Procedures

Posted on November 27, 2017 06:23 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized a 90-day delay of the applicability of a final rule requiring employee benefit plans offering disability benefits to provide additional procedural protections for disability benefit claims.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

San Francisco: HCSO Waiver Form Recently Updated

Posted on November 20, 2017 09:55 PM

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has published a new Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) Employee Voluntary Waiver Form.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Reporting and Recordkeeping

San Francisco Releases 2018 HCSO Rates and Final Rules

Posted on October 10, 2017 05:20 PM

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has released the 2018 health care expenditure rates and final rules for the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO).

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, State Employment Laws

DOL Proposes 90-Day Delay of New Disability Benefit Claims Procedures

Posted on October 10, 2017 04:27 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a 90-day delay of the applicability of a final rule requiring employee benefit plans offering disability benefits to provide additional procedural protections for disability benefit claims.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

Medicare Announces Special Enrollment Period for Individuals Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

Posted on October 3, 2017 05:44 PM

As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available a special enrollment period for all Medicare beneficiaries to enroll, dis-enroll, or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans.

Categories: Health Insurance, Medicare

Reminder: Summary Annual Reports Due September 30

Posted on September 19, 2017 05:08 PM

As a reminder, health plans with 100 or more plan participants at the beginning of a plan year are generally required to furnish a Summary Annual Report (SAR) to each health plan participant within 9 months after the end of a plan year. As a result, the deadline for most calendar year plans to satisfy the SAR requirement for plan year 2016 is September 30, 2017.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

MA: New Law Raises Certain Employer Health Care Costs

Posted on September 6, 2017 05:25 PM

A new law in Massachusetts raises the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution Rate and creates a new employer assessment if employees meet certain criteria.

Categories: Health Insurance, State Employment Laws

Top 3 Emerging Benefits

Posted on August 25, 2017 04:36 PM

Benefits are a key factor in attracting and holding onto the best and brightest people for your organization. To make sure you're keeping up with the competition, consider offering these emerging popular benefits to your employees.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Fringe Benefits, Health Insurance, Recruitment and Hiring

DOL Releases Updated Model CHIP Notice

Posted on August 14, 2017 04:05 PM

An updated model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now available for download.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

IRS: Health FSAs Cannot be Used for Insurance Premiums

Posted on August 11, 2017 02:33 PM

A recently released IRS letter reaffirms the agency's view that funds from a health flexible spending arrangement (health FSA) may not be used to reimburse health insurance premium payments or Medicare premium expenses.

Categories: Health Insurance, HSAs, FSAs and Other Tax-Favored Accounts