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Posted September 16th, 2020 in Producers

We are just about one month away from the start of a wave of open enrollment periods (OEPs). October 15th marks the start of the OEP season for Medicare with other OEPs in the individual and group markets following shortly thereafter. The below information summarizes some key dates and information as it relates to the upcoming OEPs.

Posted September 1st, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Each year employers must provide a written notice to Medicare-eligible employees who are covered under their group health plan. The notice must include information about the creditable coverage status of the prescription drug benefit. In other words, the notice tells employees if the prescription drug benefit on the group health plan is at least as good as the standard Medicare Part D plan.

Posted August 26th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

A date is finally set for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to once again rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Oral arguments are expected to be heard on November 10, 2020, just one week after the presidential election.

Posted August 13th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Technology has influenced employee behavior and changed expectations. They are no longer comparing good and services, but instead experiences. As a result, they are demanding innovation, engagement, and personalization across every aspect of thier lives, including healthcare.

Posted August 4th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Rev. Proc. 2020-36 which includes details on the minimum required contribution percentage in determining whether employer-sponsored health coverage is affordable. In 2021, employer-sponsored health coverage will be considered affordable if an employee has to pay no more than 9.83% (an increase of 0.05% from 2020) of their income for such coverage.

Posted July 30th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Do you remember the days when employers could change from a $500 deductible plan to a $5,000 deductible plan and save 40-50% on insurance premiums? Then those same employers would offer a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to cover most or all the deductible increase for employees who have chronic conditions or who experience unexpected medical events. The net result provided employers with significant savings while providing employees with substantially similar benefits. Those days still exist.

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