August 2015 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

Preventive Items and Services – Final Rules Clarify Matters

The Affordable Care Act requires non-grandfathered group health plans to cover certain mandated preventive care services at no cost. On July 14, 2015, the Departments of Labor, the Treasury and Health & Human Services (the “Departments”) issued final regulations. These regulations are effective for plan years beginning on or after October 1, 2015. Background The […]

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Webinar: Medicaid Expansion & Medicaid Migration – Increasing Coverages While Reducing Employer Premiums – HRCI Preapproved*

Join us for this one hour, HRCI pre-approved webinar* and learn about ACA Medicaid Expansion and the potential impact on employee coverages and employer plans. Most employers are unaware of the benefits available to help lower-wage employees and their families, who might not be able to afford health insurance. Medicaid can provide these employees access […]

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ACA Compliance: A bswift FAQ

From bswift.com We received a number of thoughtful questions during our July webcast, “Compliance 101: The Risks and Practical Realities of Producing Form 1095,” and we’d like to share our responses to some of them. What effect does smoking status have on affordability standards for the employer? Affordability standards for employers compare the employee’s cost […]

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New Affordable Care Act Guide Now Available for Employers

As the implementation and ramifications continue to roll out in 2015 and beyond, AP Benefit Advisors has released a new Affordable Care Act Guide for Employers to cover a variety of important ACA-related issues. Failing to prepare for ACA policy shifts, failing to understand the significance of regulatory compliance, and failing to anticipate the costs […]

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Guardian Workplace Benefits Study

This year’s Guardian Workplace Benefits Study confirms employees continue to value and rely on the benefits their employer offers. The average Benefits Value Index (BVI) score is 7.1, consistent with last year and up from 6.8 when the Index was established in 2013. Employees believe their benefits positively impact their financial security, and they feel they need help. […]

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