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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Battling Healthcare Affordability

4.5 minute read

Healthcare expenses have a significant impact on both employers and employees, leading to larger care gaps and rising costs. Employers have the opportunity to enhance plan designs to...

HIPAA FAQs Updated Regarding Recent Cybersecurity Incident

1 minute read

On May 31, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) updated its FAQs regarding HIPAA and the recent cybersecurity incident involving...

Paid Time Off: Employees' Happiness and Their Utilization

1.5 minute read

A recent Harris Poll survey found that most employed Americans are satisfied with their company's paid time off (PTO) policy, but 3 in 4 didn't use the maximum allowed days. On...

State Pharmacy Benefit Manager Regulations

1.5 minute read

In 2021, prescription drug spending by private health plans nearly reached $152 billion, an 18% increase since 2016. Some researchers and stakeholders are scrutinizing certain...

2024 PCORI Fees

1.5 minute read

The Affordable Care Act imposes a fee on health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors to fund comparative effectiveness research. These fees are called PCORI fees and are...

2024 Resources for Gag Clause Attestation

1 minute read

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued resources to help health plans and insurers submit their annual compliance attestation for the Consolidated Appropriation Act’s (CAA)...

The Advantages and Disadvantages of ICHRAs

3 minute read

An individual coverage health reimbursement arrangement (ICHRA) is an employer-funded healthcare account that provides an alternative to traditional group health plans. Employers can...

Prioritizing the Mental Health of Educators

2.5 minute read

Amid education reform, curriculum updates and assessments, educational institutions can overlook the well-being of educators. Recognizing and addressing educators' mental health needs...

Final Rule Issued on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

1.5 minute read

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. It prohibits discrimination...

Reproductive Health Care Privacy Strengthened

2 minute read

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule which strengthens HIPAA Privacy Rule by prohibiting PHI disclosure related to lawful reproductive health care...