The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk of infection in the U.S. for the general population is currently thought to be low.  As with any public health issue, the insurance carriers work with and follow the guidance and protocols issued by the CDC as well as state and local public health departments in supporting the needs of members.   What to do if you have symptoms? The CDC and health care providers ask that you c... Read more
The Affordable Care Act established the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to explore the effectiveness, risks and benefits of medical treatments. The fees were originally scheduled to be collected for plan years and policy years that end after September 30, 2012 and before October 1, 2019.  In a bill recently signed by the President, the PCORI  fee has been extended through fiscal year 2029.  All non-excepted employer sponsored health pl... Read more
As reported by National Association of Health Underwriters, Congress has voted to fully repeal the Cadillac (excise) Tax and the Health Insurance Tax. The legislation fully repeals the Cadillac Tax and repeals the HIT effective January 1, 2021, which means the HIT will still be in place for 2020. According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the Cadillac Tax will save consumers $197 billion, and the HIT repeal will save consumers $150 billion! Busines... Read more
Depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses carry a workplace stigma that cause many employees to suffer in silence rather than to seek help. Many employees struggling with mental health issues have expressed anxiety about the possibility of losing their jobs due to productivity loss. One in five adults in the United States has a mental illness and have experienced symptoms at work, and according to a study done by the World Heath Organization, depression can be link... Read more
Employer reporting requirements and penalties for non-compliance have largely remained the same even though the individual penalty payment is no longer applicable. Forms 1094/1095-B (B Forms) and Forms 1094/1095-C (C Forms), and related instructions, for the 2019 tax year have been released and are provided below. Employers Subject to Reporting Applicable large employers (ALEs), who are in general, entities that employed 50 or more full-time and full-time-equiva... Read more