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Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Rules for 2019

On December 20, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated key provisions of the EEOC’s final rules for employer-sponsored wellness plans. Primarily, these provisions allow employers to offer wellness incentives of up to 30 percent of the cost of health plan coverage. To prevent immediate disruption to employers, the court stayed [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for January 2018

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the January 2018 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. This month’s edition focuses on topics regarding safety, nutrition, and fitness. The specific articles within the January 2018 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” are: Winter Sports Safety Tips [...]

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Massachusetts Employers Face New EMAC Health Assessment Fee

Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Massachusetts will be subject to the new Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) supplement fee. This fee generally applies to employers with 6 or more employees in Massachusetts. It primarily targets employers with employees who are enrolled in MassHealth or in subsidized ConnectorCare coverage. In November 2017, proposed regulations were released. These regulations: [...]

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ACA Reporting for 2017: Furnishing Deadline Delayed

On December 22, 2017, the IRS issued a notice that primarily impacts applicable large employers. Specifically, the notice: Extends the due date for furnishing Form 1095-C for 2017 to individuals from Jan. 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018 Extends good-faith transition relief from penalties related to 2017 information reporting under Section 6056 The notice does [...]

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Introduces a SmartShopper Program

Effective January 1, 2018, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is rolling out a new SmartShopper program. It will be available to employer groups that self-fund their health insurance benefits. Under the program, employees can earn up to $250 in cash rewards per procedure when they shop for and get care from lower cost, quality [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for December 2017

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the December 2017 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. This month’s edition focuses on topics regarding safety, nutrition, and charitable giving. The specific articles within the December 2017 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: 3 Charitable Giving [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for September 2017

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the September 2017 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. This month’s edition focuses on topics regarding preparedness and safety, drug addiction, nutrition, and more. The specific articles within the September 2017 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: [...]

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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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