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8 Tips for Effective 2023 Open Enrollment Communication

8 Tips for Effective 2023 Open Enrollment Communication

Now more than ever, employees are looking to their employers for guidance on navigating their available benefits and how to stretch their dollars further. As such, effective open enrollment communication is critical this year. According to a Voya Financial survey, nearly one-third of American workers (31%) eligible for benefits admitted they don’t fully understand any […]

California Announces $15.50 Minimum Wage Rate for 2023

California Announces $15.50 Minimum Wage Rate for 2023

The California Department of Industrial Relations has announced that the state hourly minimum wage will increase to $15.50 an hour on Jan. 1, 2023. The new rate will apply to all employers, regardless of how many individuals they employ. California’s Minimum Wage Rate In 2016, California decided to increase the state’s hourly minimum wage rate […]

Health Plan Enrollment Rules

Health Plan Enrollment Rules

Employers that sponsor group health plans have some different options available to them for designing their plans’ enrollment process. When it comes to enrollment, health plan sponsors should have rules in place regarding: When employees can enroll in the health plan; When employees’ elections for group health plan coverage take effect; and What method is […]

Price Comparison Tool Required for 2023 Plan Years

Price Comparison Tool Required for 2023 Plan Years

Effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2023, group health plans and health insurance issuers must make an internet-based price comparison tool available to participants, beneficiaries and enrollees. This requirement comes from final rules regarding transparency in coverage (TiC Final Rules) that were issued by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human […]

Resources to Help Find Infant Formula During the Shortage

Resources to Help Find Infant Formula During the Shortage

To address the infant formula shortage amid medical device and health care company Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas, the Biden administration is working to ensure that formula is safe and available for families across the country. President Biden spoke with several retailers and manufacturers—including Walmart, Target, Reckitt and Gerber—to discuss ways […]

4 Steps to Managing Mental Health at Your Organization

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An organization that is dedicated to preserving employee mental health and fostering a stigma-free environment is one that will succeed in its efforts to support employee mental health. Make sure that any mental health initiatives are aligned with core values, goals and ethics. An organization that focuses its mental health initiatives and efforts on normalizing […]

COBRA Continuation Coverage

COBRA Continuation Coverage

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) allows individuals to continue their group health plan coverage in certain situations. Specifically, COBRA requires group health plans to offer continuation coverage to covered employees and dependents when coverage would otherwise be lost due to certain specific events. These events include the death of a covered employee, termination […]

Reporting Requirements for Employers and Health Plans

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a number of federal reporting requirements for employers and health plans. The additional reporting is intended to promote transparency with respect to health plan coverage and costs. It will also provide the government with information to administer other ACA mandates, such as the large employer shared responsibility penalty and […]

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