The Scoop on Wellness Regulations: Vendor Edition

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As if HR didn’t have enough to keep track of already, in walked the EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) with more important regulations to take into account. Recently, the EEOC provided additional guidance on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) as they relate to wellness programs, as we covered… [Read More]

Repealing ACA… but What About the Replace?

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With the Congressional transition now complete, true to their word, Republican leadership is taking up the repeal of the Affordable Care Act as their initial agenda item. And the first hurdle has been cleared in a 51-48 Senate vote with Rand Paul the only senator to break ranks. Political jockeying is filling the airwaves with… [Read More]

Justice Department Finally Turns Attention to Pharmacy Collusion

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One of the biggest frustrations echoing from our postings over the last couple of years has been the covert, if not outright overt, collusion in the pharmacy market between drug manufacturers and in many instances the PBMs—pushing up the list cost of pharmaceuticals. This has been an issue hitting our clients’ wallets hard because although… [Read More]

An Open Letter to the Trump Administration

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As your transition team morphs into your operations group, I thought I would take a moment to give my thoughts on ACA as a seasoned consultant to this industry. While I hear the blustering about repeal and replace, it is my strong belief that any successful bi-partisan remake of healthcare will need to build from… [Read More]

21st Century Cures Act: Welcome Versatility in the Small Group Market

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Reversing prior IRS and DOL guidance, the newly-signed 21st Century Cures Act allows small employers to use a new Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) to give employees money that will pay for an individual health insurance policy. Under the law, employers can provide up to $4,950 for single employees and $10,000 for family… [Read More]

Donald Trump is Coming to Town

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A musical and seasonal spin on U.S. healthcare and politics as we get ready to close out 2016. Set to the tune of Bing Crosby’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

It’s That Time of Year – Use It or Lose It!

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5 scary words for FSA participants – “use it or lose it.” Are your employees scrambling for some last-minute ideas on how to spend their FSA money? Fortunately, for plan sponsors who have implemented either the 2½-month grace period or the $500 rollover features, these 5 words are a bit less intimidating than they used to… [Read More]