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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Online Wellness and Insurance Needs Increase Due to Pandemic

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In the past year, 34% of U.S. consumers reported mental health deterioration and 24% reported a decline in physical health. According to a global survey report from Swiss Re, these...

Over 100 Million Americans Have Medical Debt

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According to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, over 100 million Americans have medical debt, most of which comes in the form of family loans, credit card balances, or payment plans...

Tips on Choosing the Right Third-Party Administrator

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Finding the right third-party administrator (TPA) can be challenging. Many organizations use a TPA to outsource their administrative and operational services. This is quite popular...

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Investigated by FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will investigate the six largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the U.S. PBMs are the middlemen who negotiate with drugmakers for rebates and...

Many Americans Face Student Loan Debt and Repayment

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In March of 2020, student loan payments were paused in response to the large-scale economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This pause has been extended six times and the...

How to Mitigate Rising Benefits Costs Due to Inflation

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Consumer goods, as well as employee benefits, have seen significant price increases due to the rising inflation rate. One-third of U.S. employees have already seen an increase in...

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Machine-Readable Files to Be Posted by July 1, 2022

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The Transparency in Coverage Final Rules require health insurance issuers and plans to disclose detailed pricing information on a public website. The three machine-readable files...

COBRA Notice Lawsuits Increasing

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There has been a recent rise in lawsuits from former employees alleging deficient COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) election notices. Most have been class action...

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Price Comparison Tool for 2023

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Group health plans and issuers will need to provide an internet-based price comparison tool available to participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees. The tool will provide consumers with...

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New Guidance on FMLA and Mental Health Conditions

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The Department of Labor has released new resources on workers’ rights to leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for mental health conditions. The new guidance...