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While the legislative session in early 2019 included proposals in civil rights, economic security, and educational programs, there was also a large focus on healthcare initiatives. Coloradans continue to express concern about the affordability and access to quality healthcare coverage, and the state legislators believe they are making important strides toward addressing these challenges. 

Is your organization looking to implement a workplace wellness program? Has your company's wellness program faded or become stale? If so, now is the perfect time to design, reclaim and refresh your wellness program. As a part of our continued webinar series, we’ll be focusing on the challenges of implementing and sustaining powerful wellness programs.

When an employee’s Group Life insurance plan ends, due to termination from the company or for other reasons, they don’t have to be left unprotected. Ex-employees are usually able to convert and/or port their coverage with the same Life carrier, but employers often are unaware of their obligations to the participant.

Monday, 28 January 2019 12:14

Compete for Talent with Unique Benefits

Today’s job market is extremely competitive, and it can be difficult for employers to find the most talented workers. A company’s benefit package can make one employer stand out over another, and offering additional fringe benefits could be the crucial difference in attracting and retaining top talent.

The Trump Administration recently proposed a plan that could potentially cut pricing for pharmaceuticals through Medicare Part B. Attempts to lower these costs is nothing new, and the Obama administration had proposed something similar before he left office, with little success.  

On July 25, 2018, the House of Representatives passed two health care bills, H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311, that would make significant changes to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Republicans are pushing to expand HSA usage with a number of Democrats leaning toward supporting these bills as well. Both bills would still need at least 60 votes from the Senate to go into place, which may not be possible before the end of this Congressional session in December.

The expansion of Association Health Plans (AHPs) has arrived. The U.S. Department of Labor announced regulations that will allow these plans to become effective as early as September 2018. AHPs allow small business to band together to purchase health insurance. Continue reading to understand whether these Association Health Plans might be a fit for your organization. 

Reference Based Pricing (RBP) is a cost containment strategy that some larger employers have implemented to help place a cap on the cost of larger medical services.  It’s a savvy strategy that, in the past, has worked best with self-funded large employers but is gaining steam across employers of all sizes.

We all know that attracting and keeping the superior employees in your field is a constant challenge. Employers must stay ahead of the curve and anticipate the needs of the future. We all wish we could predict the future, but until that time comes, here’s a nice summary from Paylocity of the MetLife 2018 Trends Study to help to identify those future trends. Click here to learn what is worrying employees, what they are expecting, and how employees want to be educated surrounding their benefits. 
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:06

Individual mandate repealed for 2019

For starters, the individual mandate is still in effect for 2018, meaning that employees may have to pay a sharp tax penalty of 2.5% of their income if they do not have health insurance. Early reports that this is no longer in place are false.

Even after the individual mandate is eliminated in 2019, the individual market, federal subsidies and Medicaid expansion (32 states and the District of Columbia implemented this) will all still be in place, barring further congressional action.

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