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Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS: March 1, 2018 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, 2018, this year’s deadline is [...]

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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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2018 Employee Benefits Cost-Sharing Limits Released

On December 16, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018. This rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable for the 2018 benefit year. This includes details regarding the annual limitations on cost-sharing. The ACA requires the [...]

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Proposed Regulations Issued on Summary of Benefits and Coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act, group health plans and issuers are required to provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document to applicants and enrollees. To help ensure that the SBC document truly makes it easier for consumers to access important health care information and understand their plan options, a set of proposed regulations [...]

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Health Care Reform: Year-End Checklist for 2015 Compliance

In 2015, a number of key reforms under the Affordable Care Act will become effective. To help your company assess what it may need to do to meet these compliance requirements, CBG Benefits is pleased to provide an updated compliance checklist. Entitled “Health Care Reform: Year-End Checklist for 2015 Compliance“, this document provides insight and [...]

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Massachusetts Finalizes Repeal of State-Specific Health Care Reform “Pay or Play” Rules

To avoid duplication with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Massachusetts officially repealed the state’s own employer health care coverage rules on June 12th, 2014. Initially established in 2006, Massachusetts employers faced “pay or play” rules under the state’s Health Care Reform Act. Under the Fair Share Contribution rule, certain employers faced a penalty of up [...]

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DOL Updates Model COBRA Notices

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) released information that may impact your company’s compliance requirements regarding COBRA and the Affordable Care Act. The primary change involves making those who lose their group health insurance coverage and are eligible for COBRA aware of the Exchanges/Marketplaces that were established by the ACA. As a result, the DOL [...]

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4 Benefits of Promoting Workplace Wellness Programs

With springtime in full bloom here in New England, the warmer weather has caused many companies to think about their workplace wellness efforts. To help you successfully address some of the concerns that may be raised as you seek to promote a formal wellness program, here are 4 benefits that you can promote: Wellness programs [...]

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3 Key Issues to Consider Regarding Disability Insurance

Disability insurance has become a valuable part of a comprehensive employee benefits package. Along with filling in financial gaps for employees, it is an essential component for employers that need a competitive benefits package that attracts and retains talented employees. In addition, tools supplied by disability insurers can deliver significant savings to employers. It can mitigate [...]

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