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AssuredPartners Town Hall Webinar | State Reopening Orders & Employee Return to Work Measures

AssuredPartners is pleased to continue our Town Hall meeting series this week with a focus on State Reopening Orders and Employee Return to Work Measures. Based on significant demand from our customers, we will cover the following topics for discussion with our presenters: Recent DOL and IRS Changes for COBRA, Special Enrollments, and Claims Deadlines State […]

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Proposed Rules May Allow More Wellness Data

The EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) just released its latest proposed strategy for allowing wellness plan managers access to covered spouses’ medical data while still complying with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Currently, regulations say that a wellness program cannot require* employees to provide their genetic information as a condition of […]

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2013 Revised Healthcare Reform Timelines, Version 11

If you want to see 10 pages of health reform in a 1 page timeline (well, 1 page for Employers and 1 page for Employees) then please visit our website (www.apbenefitadvisors.com/news). But, if you are looking for details specific to just a certain year or plan, then you can’t do better than this implementation timeline […]

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Final Wellness Rules Expand Protections and Incentives

For a background on the subject of HIPAA Wellness programs and how PPACA modified their offerings, please see our November 20, 2012 article called “DOL Wellness Program Guidance under PPACA” Recently, HHS, DOL and the IRS (Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury) issued final rules on employment-based wellness programs. The final […]

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DOL – PPACA Implementation FAQs Part 14 and 15

The month of April saw two more sets of PPACA-related FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) from the Department of Labor. Part 14 / Part XIV This part deals with the new SBC requirements.  As we look to the 2nd year of applicability (that is for plans beginning on or after January 1, 2014 and before January […]

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DOL Wellness Program Guidance under PPACA

Consistent with what we’ve known about PPACA, when 2014 arrives, nondiscriminatory wellness programs will have the ability to increase the maximum permissible rewards from 20% to 30% of the cost of coverage.  Further, today’s proposed regulations from HHS/IRS/DOL allow for an increase to 50% for wellness programs designed to “prevent or reduce tobacco use.” As […]

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Businesses honored by FMH for employee wellness programs

By: Ed Waters Jr. News-Post Staff Three Frederick businesses were honored Wednesday night for their efforts to keep employees well and productive. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Legal and General America, and the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick were presented the honors from Frederick Memorial Hospital. Ken Coffey, chief development officer and vice […]

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Pressured to Reduce Costs, Employers Raise the Bar on Incentives

By Rhonda Willingham, RN, BSN EVP Health Improvement, Alere Health More than 70 percent of the nation’s employers have put their faith in wellness initiatives to improve health and reduce costs, yet they continue to be challenged with disappointing participation rates in their worksite wellness programs. This belief in improving wellness has been so strong that […]

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Top Benefits Administration and Group Health Blogs

We’ve been blogging profusely at AP Benefit Advisors about benefits administration, the healthcare industry, group health and employee wellness strategies, and other important issues. Here are a few of the most popular recent blogs: Guidance on Essential Health Benefits from HHS/CMS An Ounce of Prevention Getting on the Path to Better Employee Communications

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Getting on the Path to Better Employee Communications

By Mary Frank, RHU, GBA Manager, Health Benefits, Stryker How many times have you immediately deleted an email you thought was spam or perused a poster and then immediately forgot what you read? Communicating effectively with employees may sound easy, but inspiring them to actually read and retain the information in your wellness program newsletters and […]

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