2008 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

Department of Labor’s Final Rule on Family and Medical Leave

Department of Labor’s Final Rule on Family and Medical Leave Phelps Dunbar LLP Highlights of the New FMLA Regulatory Changes Military Family Leave: On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) of 2008. Section 585(a) of the NDAA amended the FMLA to provide two new leave entitlements relating […]

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Massachusetts Issues Final Guidance on Minimum Creditable Coverage

Massachusetts Issues Final Guidance on Minimum Creditable Coverage Patrick C. Haynes, Jr., Esq., LL.M. On Friday, October 17, 2008, the Massachusetts Connector released final regulations regarding minimum creditable coverage (MCC) requirements under the Massachusetts health care reform law. These requirements are effective January 1, 2009. Should an employer’s health/Rx plan not satisfy the MCC requirements […]

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EBRI Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey

Findings From the 2008 Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey EBRI Issue Brief #323, Employee Benefit Research Institute© 2008 Enrollment low but growing: In 2008, 3 percent of the population was enrolled in a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP), up from 2 percent in 2007 and 1 percent in 2006. Enrollment […]

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America's Best Health Insurance Plans

America’s Best Health Insurance Plans By Michelle Andrews U.S. News & World Report For years, workers have watched their healthcare outlays rise and benefits shrink, and for some, whether they will have benefits at all suddenly is in doubt. As Wall Street’s turmoil sloshes over Main Street, it seems that every day another trusted company […]

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Onsite Health Facilities: Watch Out for Regulatory Pitfalls

Onsite Health Facilities: Watch Out for Regulatory Pitfalls Watson Wyatt Today’s onsite health care facilities usually go beyond dispensing bandages and aspirin. Many provide comprehensive medical services to employees and sometimes to spouses and other family members. Yet the employers implementing and paying for these facilities — commonly through a third-party vendor — are often […]

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Sununu, Gregg Announce Signing of "Michelle's Law"

Sununu, Gregg Announce Signing of “Michelle’s Law” The law is named for the late Michelle Morse, a 20-year-old college student at Plymouth State University (New Hampshire) who died in 2005. Michelle had remained a full-time student while being treated for advanced colon cancer because, due to existing law at the time, her parents’ insurance would […]

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Adoption Act Amends Tax Code Definition of Qualifying Child

Adoption Act Amends Tax Code Definition of Qualifying Child Watson Wyatt The definition is used to determine eligibility for certain tax benefits, such as the dependency exemption, the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit and the dependent care tax credit. In addition, it is referenced by many employer-sponsored health care and dependent care […]

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Benefits Communication Gap Between Employers and Employees

Survey Finds Benefits Communication Gap Between Employers and Employees Colonial Life COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Nine out of 10 employers think that it is important for their employees to understand and appreciate their benefits, but most employees don’t, according to a survey conducted by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. Colonial Life surveyed […]

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More Employers Committing to Wellness Initiatives

More Employers Committing to Wellness Initiatives Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) From health risk appraisals to weight management programs to providing health coaches, employer wellness programs and strategies continue to rise, according to a National Business Group on Health (NBGH) report released July 14, 2008. “We have seen a sea change” among employers in […]

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