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Thursday, August 22, 2019
As technology advances, patients are becoming increasingly active partners in their care. The boost in sales of personal mobile health devices that deliver instant results, such as Apple watches and Fit Bits…
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
A healthcare facility is a place that most of us think of as safe when we are sick or injured. However, recent news of a local hospital shutting down all of its operating rooms due to mold contamination is a reminder that there are contamination and pollution risks associated with healthcare establishments.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
When we make changes in our busy lives, it’s easy to forget how they may affect our personal insurance. As a result, people often have important coverage gaps or pay more premium than they should.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Today’s employers are faced with the monumental task of offering competitive benefits to a very diverse workforce in an extremely tight labor market (while keeping costs in check), promoting wellness and consumerism to its participants, and helping employees balance their needs for health and wealth management now and in the future.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Make no mistake, automobile insurance rates have been increasing over the past few years and seem to be picking up steam. Average rate increases, even for policyholders with relatively good loss histories, have been around 5%-7%. For those with greater loss activity, the increases have been in the double digits.
Friday, July 26, 2019
In Washington State, workers’ compensation insurance is provided through the state (i.e. a monopolistic state fund). This is a relatively rare structure in the United States; Washington is one of only four states that pay workers’ compensation premiums to the state’s department of labor and industries (L&I), and not to a private insurance carrier.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
In Revenue Procedure 2019-29, the IRS decreased the affordability percentage from 9.86% to 9.78% for 2020. This percentage determines which applicable large employers may face penalties under §4980H(b) for failure to offer affordable coverage as well as which individuals may qualify for subsidized coverage through a public Exchange. Background Under §4980H, applicable large employers (50 Read More »
Monday, July 22, 2019
In IRS Notice 2019-45, the IRS expanded upon what is considered to be preventive coverage for purposes of determining eligibility to contribute to a health savings account (HSA). The guidance comes shortly after the issuance of President Trump’s executive order requesting that the agency provide further flexibility for those with chronic conditions to receive coverage Read More »
Monday, July 22, 2019
Washington employers have already begun paying premiums to the state under the new Paid Family Medical Leave law, but there is still more work to be done before benefits start paying out in 2020. Organizations should take the time to review their existing benefits plans and how PFML fits into that structure.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final Notice of Benefit & Payment Parameters for 2020.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Up until 2018, companies have enjoyed the fruits of a “soft” commercial insurance market. A soft market is generally characterized by declining insurance rates and increased availability of generous coverage enhancements. Many things contribute to a soft market…
Monday, July 1, 2019
President Trump issued an executive order last week directing the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Department of the Treasury (IRS), and the Department of Labor (DOL) to take various actions related to health care over the next two to six months. The executive order instructs the regulatory agencies to develop new rules Read More »