Entries for February 2013

HR 100: Health Care Reform On January 10, 2013, Jim Beatrice, Vice President and Benefits Advisor of Business Benefits Insurance Solutions, made a presentation to the Northern Kentucky Chamber's HR 100 Group on Health Care Reform: Be Prepared, Not Shocked. The attendees were made up of about 35 HR Specialist, from local companies, most with 50 or more full time employees. Jim's presentation focused on three main areas of concern for employers, Compliance & Reporti... Read more
We are excited to announce the partnership of Remke bigg's and the Kenton County Public Library to provide a Tobacco Cessation program. The program will be provided to their employees and to the public at no cost (except for the purchase of nicotine replacement products when needed). The 13-week program based on the Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking, is offering a location in Northern Kentucky at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library as well as two ... Read more
HIPAA prohibits a group health plan from discriminating against individuals based on a "health factor" and requires such plans to meet five standards in order to comply with the nondiscrimination rules. Proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act update these rules and increase the reward maximum. See the attached document for more information. Read more
For health plans beginning in 2014 employers will need to limit new-hire waiting periods, for employees reasonably expected to work full time, to no more than 90 days. If the employer prefers the effective date of coverage to start on the first of the month following the waiting period then the waiting period can be no longer then 60 days. Read more
Employers with an average of 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTE) in the preceding calendar year must provide minimum essential coverage, which meets minimum value and is considered "affordable", to "substantially" all its full-time employees or be subject to penalties. Although some employers may have less than 50 full-time employees, they may be subject to this mandate if they have enough other employees. Additionally all employees of a controlled group or affiliat... Read more
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