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Medicare Part D Notice: October 14, 2017 Deadline Reminder

In preparation for the Medicare fall open enrollment period, employers that sponsor group health plans that include prescription drug coverage are required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable. This year, plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals by October 14, 2017. The creditable coverage disclosure notice must [...]

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Senate Releases the Better Care Reconciliation Act

On June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposal is being called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Debate is currently occurring that will impact whether and when a vote may be taken regarding this Act. While some [...]

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House Passes ACA ‘Repeal and Replace’ Bill; Senate to Begin Deliberations

In a first step toward potentially repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4, 2017. The bill will now be sent to the Senate. It is likely that the Senate will make changes to the proposed legislation before taking a vote. Until [...]

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Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS: March 1, 2017 Deadline Reminder

Each year, applicable employers are required to complete an online disclosure with CMS and report whether their health plan’s prescription drug coverage is Medicare Part D creditable or non-creditable. Plan sponsors are required to report 60 days after the start of the plan year. Thus, if you renewed January 1, 2017, this year’s deadline is [...]

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ACA Reporting for 2016: Deadline Extension Announced for Form 1095-C Distribution

On November 18th, 2016, the IRS announced a deadline extension that may benefit employers that need to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Reporting Requirements. Here are the main two changes that were announced: The due date for distributing Form 1095-C documents to employees has been extended from January 31, 2017 to March 2, [...]

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New Hampshire Law Prohibits Retaliation Based on Flexible Work Schedule Requests

Under a new law in New Hampshire, an employer may not retaliate against an employee solely because he or she requests a flexible work schedule. This law will is effective September 1, 2016. The law does not require an employer to accommodate a flexible work schedule, nor does it create a cause of action for [...]

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Harvard Pilgrim Partners with Doctor on Demand to Offer Telemedicine Services

Effective July 1st, 2016, employers that work with Harvard Pilgrim to provide health insurance to their employees may now further promote the option of using telemedicine to receive health care. Harvard Pilgrim announced that they have partnered with Doctor on Demand, a national telemedicine provider group. Through DOD’s technology, members have the option to see a [...]

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Overview of Proposed Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemption Rules

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would overhaul overtime wage payment in the United States. Currently, the salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility under the white collar exemptions is $23,660 a year. The proposed rule would more than double the salary threshold to $50,440 per year or [...]

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Animated Employee Benefits Video: Moving to a High Deductible Health Plan

Is your company looking for new ways to educate employees about high-deductible health plan options that may be available to them? If so, we are excited to announce that we have a new animated video available for our clients to put to use. Entitled “Moving to a High Deductible Health Plan“, this video explains how [...]

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Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS: Deadline Reminder

Each year, employers with health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D are subject to certain disclosure requirements. Plan sponsors must complete an online disclosure form with CMS within 60 days after the start of the plan year. For calendar year plans, the deadline this year is [...]

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