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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

New Vaccine and Testing Mandates; Some Answers and More Questions

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On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a multipronged plan to combat the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic. Many parts of this plan will require further action on the part of...


Benefit Notices for Open Enrollment 2022

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Employers should be providing certain benefit notices to their employees at open enrollment time, such as the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC). Other notices must be...

2022 Affordability Percentages Will Decrease

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The IRS recently announced that the contribution percentages used to determine affordability for an employer’s health plan under the Affordable Care Act will decrease. For plan...

Strategies for Reducing Health Benefits Costs in 2022

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Health costs have increased steadily year after year. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports that medical costs are projected to increase 6.5% in 2022. So, it’s no surprise that...


Medicare Part D Notices Due

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Employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals need to provide the annual disclosure notice to those individuals before...

Protecting Employees from Delta Variant

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The Delta variant of coronavirus has quickly become the dominant strain in the U.S. Delta can cause a more severe form of COVID-19, spreading more efficiently than the original...

FAQ Issued Regarding Contraceptive Coverage Rules

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury Departments issued an FAQ about the enforcement of the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable...

COBRA Subsidy Expiration Notice Due

.5 minute read

The American Rescue Plan Act provides COBRA premium assistance to eligible individuals. One requirement is that plans must notify individuals about when their premium assistance...

Pfizer Vaccine Approved by FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. It is the first full approval of a coronavirus vaccine. The other vaccines are still...

FAQs Issued Regarding No Surprises Act and Transparency Rule

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The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury issued FAQs about the implementation of the No Surprises Act and transparency provisions of the Consolidated...