COBRA rules to be altered to allow for ACA notification

In early May 2014 the current administration published proposed rules to require employers to alter COBRA notification to employees. Currently COBRA notification must be given to any employee covered by a group health insurance policy the day before a “qualifying” event. This notification must be sent to the employee or beneficiary within 14 days of …

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Offshoring your Grandparents

  We have for years heard about offshoring jobs, sending work overseas in order to cut costs. What if you had an opportunity to offshore your grandparents care when they become too infirmed to be on their own? It is happening in Germany Due to the rising cost of eldercare, combined with the ever increasing …

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Required W-2 Reporting Required by the PPACA: Are You Ready?

  The first issue from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) also known as the Health Care Act, requires employers to report the cost of provided healthcare on W-2s issued this January 31st. Are you ready? Who must comply? Companies that have issued 250 or more W-2s in 2012 must make this reporting. …

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Incentives and Healthcare

  It is funny sometimes how two different events end up having a connection. My wife and I were driving and listening to the radio when a story about weight loss programs played. One of the comments made was that although programs such as WeightWatchers work health insurance does not pay for them. My wife …

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Two Major Facts about Small Company Healthcare

As the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) moves along and deadlines approach it is important to understand two major facts about small company healthcare. First Fact According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, by my addition, there were about 143 million people who worked for companies with fewer than 20 employees. You …

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Exposing Breasts in the Workplace: Part of Healthcare!

Ok now that I have your attention, get your mind out of the gutter. This has to deal with the Healthcare bill. The Healthcare Bill, officially, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the “fix-it” bill being signed today, contains a broad spectrum of issues to which we must pay attention. The items are …

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Want to Improve HR: View HR As A "System"

Yesterday consumer advocate and radio and TV personality Clark Howard had a show segment on a hospital (I believe it was Geisinger Health System and their ProvenCare system) in which he discussed their system approach to providing healthcare. He talked about how they have a protocol for ensuring that patients get the proper treatment, which …

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Employee's Perceptions of Benefits: Good or Bad

The results of a Fidelity Investments’ Consulting Services survey were posted on Talent Management on Monday. The survey dealt with perceptions employees have of the benefit packages their employees provide. The good news was that the “…study that found that 72 percent of people believe that the benefits they receive at work are better than …

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