Be Prepared for the Next Big Storm

Storm preparation, whether for a hurricane, blizzard, or other natural disaster is critical for surviving the event with minimal impact.

Proposed Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule Released

Federal agencies have released the proposed rule for the 2017 Benefit Payment and Parameters. Among other items, it provides updates and annual provisions relating to risk adjustments, reinsurance, and risk corridors programs; cost-sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; user fees for Federally-Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs); the standards for open enrollment for the individual market for the 2017 benefit year; updates to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP); definitions of large and small employer; guaranteed availability; and the medical loss ratio (MLR) program.

Access Denied

We’ve become a very connected society, but that doesn’t mean we want to share everything with everybody.

When the C-Suite Gets Seriously Sick

Someone in the C-Suite of a company gets sick. I’m not talking about a cold or flu; I’m talking about a major, possibly even terminal, illness.

IRS Play or Pay Reporting: The Final Countdown

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) reporting requirements are rapidly approaching for employers with group health plans or with 50 or more full time or full time equivalent employees. During 2015, the IRS released a variety of FAQs. as well as draft and then final instructions for employers who are preparing to file. This webinar will provide an overview of all the information reporting guidance and instructions.

The Security of Smart Gadgets

If you’re Inspector Gadget, you might say, “Go-go gadget security!” but for the rest of us we’re stuck with the task of keeping our smartphones, tablets, wearable technology, and any other connected devices (collectively known as the “Internet of Things”) secure.

ACA’s Auto-Enrollment Requirement Repealed

Following delays in the DOL regulation, the "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015" which was signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, repealed the auto-enrollment requirement. Employers are still free to use default or negative elections for employee enrollment.

DOL Issues FAQ on Mental Health Parity and ACA Market Reform Provisions

In October 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) provided an informational FAQ relating to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reform provisions.

I Like Wellness. Yes, I do! I Like Wellness. How ‘Bout You?

With apologies to the rock band Queen, we are the champions (of wellness), my friends.