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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Valerie Ortiz

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Over the past 15+ years, Valerie Ortiz has worn many hats at National Insurance Services. She currently heads up NIS’ Marketing Team where she helps to create and execute employee benefit communications based upon our public sector clients’ needs. Valerie brings order to the chaos and has a zeal for detail and a talent for organization.

Recent Articles by Valerie Ortiz

Civil Penalty Amounts Increased

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Effective November 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has increased the following key penalties affecting group health plans.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS Penalties

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) has specific measures that the employer must implement....

Natural Immunity and COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

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President Biden recently announced sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Federal employees must now be vaccinated as a condition of employment. Private employers with 100 or more...

Are employers required to accommodate medical marijuana use?

In SHRM’s article, Weed at Work: Must Employers Accommodate Medical Use?” they examine workplace accommodations for medical marijuana use.

Reducing Healthcare Cost through Physician Quality Data: Prescribed Anxiety Meds Have a Substantial Impact on Health Care Utilization

National Insurance Services has partnered with Grand Rounds to help our clients reduce their health insurance claims. In this article, Grand Rounds discusses how high-quality physicians are less...

Are Your Employees Getting Their Recommended Colon Cancer Screenings?

National Insurance Services has partnered with Grand Rounds to help our clients reduce their health insurance claims. In this article, Grand Rounds discusses that high-quality physicians are more...

Grand Rounds Helps Employees Avoid Opioid Abuse

National Insurance Services has partnered with Grand Rounds to help our clients reduce their health insurance claims. In this article, Grand Rounds discusses how they are helping to reverse the...

The Generational Divide: Millennials and Health Insurance

Millennial workers (defined as born 1977-2000) view and use health benefits very differently than their baby boomer (1946-1965) and gen X (1966-1976) colleagues.

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Millennials in School, City, and County Jobs

As baby boomers retire, vacant spots will be filled by the next generation of workers – millennials. It is projected that millennials will be 50% of the labor force by 2020 and 75% by 2025. This...

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The Proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA): A First Look at ACA Repeal and Replace

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee proposed legislation on March 6, 2017 intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American...