Category Archives: Employee Benefits

Workplace Wellness Compliance Event for Employers

Join our Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist and Compliance Officer on August 11 as they help HR professionals and executive leadership navigate the often choppy waters of wellness compliance.  During this session, they will provide an overview of the current regulations surrounding worksite wellness programs and case study some of the typical programs, detailing specific compliance […]

Wellness Program Compliance – Required Notice

There have been recent publications from EEOC/ADA regarding workplace wellness programs that collect employee health information. This month the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a sample notice to inform employees on what information will be collected, how it will be used, who will receive it, and what will be done to keep it confidential. […]

Stroke Prevention

Strokes rank as the third leading killer in the United States according to A stroke is a life-changing event that can affect your emotional well-being as much as your physical function.  You can help prevent strokes by making healthy lifestyle choices. The CDC recommends the following: Eat a healthy diet. High cholesterol can be prevented […]

Skin Cancer Prevention & Treatment

Most people describe sun-tanned skin as a “healthy glow,” but it’s not exactly the truth. There is no such thing as a healthy tan.  Any type of suntan is the result of sun damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.  The easiest way to prevent skin damage and lessen your chances […]

Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Instead of issuing an opinion and ruling on the merits of the cases surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate, the U.S. Supreme Court sent seven related cases challenging said mandate back to the lower courts to be reconsidered. In all of the related cases, nonprofit religious employers challenged the self-certification requirement under […]

Departments Finalize SBC Template

Under the Affordable Care Act, group health plans, grandfathered and non-grandfathered, and health insurance issuers are required to provide a written Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) to plan participants and beneficiaries at specified times during the enrollment process and upon request. The SBC provides a summary of what the plan covers and the cost […]

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight and obesity. However, a large body of evidence now shows that healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity can help people achieve and maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease […]

Understanding the New ACA Tax Forms

You may have already received or will soon receive a new tax form related to the health care insurance coverage you had during 2015. Much like IRS Form W-2 and Form 1099, these new forms provide information that you may need for filing your individual income tax return.  The IRS has issued three new forms […]

Implementing a Compliant Wellness Program

Employers who offer health benefits to their employees may decide to implement wellness plans as a way to help control health plan costs and encourage healthy lifestyles. There are a number of legal compliance issues that are involved with designing workplace wellness plans. Wellness plans must be carefully structured to comply with both state and […]

Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS

Each year, employers whose health plans provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals must disclose to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether that coverage is creditable or non-creditable. This process is referred to as “Disclosure to CMS.”   Disclosure to CMS is required whether the entity’s coverage is primary or secondary to Medicare.   […]

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