FMLA Expansion Under Coronavirus Response Act


When President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law in mid-March, employers with fewer than 500 employees became responsible for providing paid leave to certain employees through Dec. 31, 2020. The benefit extends to employees unable to work or telework due to the need for leave to care for a son or [...]

FMLA Expansion Under Coronavirus Response Act2020-07-02T13:42:06+00:00

No-Deductible COVID-19 Care


Uninsured people needing medical treatment for the coronavirus will be able to get that treatment without concerns about out-of-pocket costs or unexpected charges. Thanks to the federal stimulus package passed by Congress in early April, hospitals and healthcare providers that treat these folks will be paid for unreimbursed care at current Medicare rates. While the [...]

No-Deductible COVID-19 Care2020-06-11T14:37:24+00:00

Family Coverage Exceeds $20,000


The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that annual premiums for employer-based, family coverage increased to $20,576 in 2019. This represents a one year increase of about 5 percent and a pattern of similar increases each year throughout the past decade, significantly outpacing the rate of annual inflation over the same period.  

Family Coverage Exceeds $20,0002020-06-04T14:52:30+00:00

Supporting Behavioral Health


Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness. Since it has become virtually impossible to avoid a condition at work, here are some of the factors involved. First, professionals tell us that multiple cycles can impact health and productivity in different ways. Conditions can trigger at any time and while early symptoms [...]

Supporting Behavioral Health2020-05-15T14:05:37+00:00

What Makes a Health Plan “High Quality”?


A recent survey by a data analytics firm found that benefits objectives often vary based on company size. Results showed that while smaller companies were focused on increasing employee productivity, mid-range employers were more concerned with employee satisfaction levels. Very large employers identified employee health and well-being as their main objective. One interesting finding was [...]

What Makes a Health Plan “High Quality”?2020-05-07T14:22:38+00:00

Too Many Generics in Waiting


Record numbers of generic drugs that could provide much needed relief for Americans with serious medical conditions are failing to come to market because of litigation and the filing of additional patents by brand-name drug manufacturers. The number of generic approvals has set records during each of the past 3 years. In fact, the FDA [...]

Too Many Generics in Waiting2020-04-16T14:28:00+00:00

Prescription Drugs from Vending Machines


If Florida House Bill HB59 becomes law, Floridians will be able to use video conferencing technology to speak with a pharmacist and obtain prescription drugs dispensed by automated pharmacy systems or vending machines. The systems, manufactured by Canadian company MedAvail, are currently in use in hospitals located in Jacksonville and Miami, Florida. [...]

Prescription Drugs from Vending Machines2020-04-02T14:47:22+00:00

ACA exchange warns of 40% or more premium increase in 2021 due to COVID-19


This article was published on March 25, 2020, written by Katie Kuehner-Hebert. Photo source Covered California's actuarial/policy brief recommends that Congress consider three actions now to mitigate impact. Congress needs to mitigate what could be substantial cost increases for both insurers and their members due to the COVID-19 pandemic, warns Covered California, the [...]

ACA exchange warns of 40% or more premium increase in 2021 due to COVID-192020-03-27T15:23:52+00:00

DG Compliance Update: Handling Benefits During a Furlough or Temporary Layoff


In light of the nation's response to COVID-19 and the resultant economic downturn, employers of all sizes face a dilemma of evaluating employee head counts. Many employers are considering furloughs or temporary layoffs to reduce immediate payroll, hoping the downturn lasts for a period of a few weeks instead of months. Below is a list [...]

DG Compliance Update: Handling Benefits During a Furlough or Temporary Layoff2020-04-09T17:06:17+00:00

Cost Increases Outpace Wages


The Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey for 2019 shows that the cost of annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance plans have reached $20,576. While there are differences between small and large employer groups, costs are rising faster than wages for both and average contributions by employees have reached $1,242 for single coverage and [...]

Cost Increases Outpace Wages2020-02-20T17:36:13+00:00