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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Valerie Ortiz

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Over the past 20 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

Natural Immunity and COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

2 minute read

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...

Vaccine Mandate for Federal and Large Employers

1.5 minute read

President Biden recently signed executive orders that will require federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. These new rules come after the Pfizer vaccine...

EEOC Updates Guidance and Issues New FAQs about ADA

2 minute read

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has added new and updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disability Act...

Premium Tax Credit FAQs

1 minute read

The IRS has released a fact sheet with FAQs which addresses legislative changes for the premium tax credit due to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The fact sheet discusses how to...

Pay or Play Penalties Increase for 2021

1.5 minute read

The IRS updated the frequently asked questions on the pay or play penalties to include the increased penalty amounts for the 2021 calendar year. The pay or play rules, also referred...


Reminder: Don’t Forget to Submit an Annual Census!

3.5 minute read

Updated August 23, 2022

Public sector organizations with life and/or disability coverage should send an annual census to their insurance carrier at least once a year. Employers want...


2019 Vision Insurance Trends for Public Sector Employers

1.5 minute read

Taking care of your health also means taking care of your eyes. That’s what a teacher from a Nebraska school district discovered when her optometrist found something unusual during a...


Best Practice: Review Your Covered Dependents

1.5 minute read

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.


For Every $1 Invested in this Benefit*, You Could See a $1.45 ROI

What if you could offer your employees a free service that would help you reduce your healthcare claims and help them detect disease early, when it’s more treatable and less costly? In fact, a study...