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Midyear Changes

Introduction Questions surrounding the topic of midyear changes to enrollments have consistently been the most common questions posed by employers. We hope that after reading this issue brief you’ll come away with a better understanding of the rules to make mid-year enrollment changes. If Adding Coverage: Is the Employer Required to Allow the Change? If […]

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Tackling the High Cost of Alaskan Healthcare

Greg Loudon Principal, Account Executive Alaskan healthcare insurance costs never seem to stop increasing, and are impeding organizations’ abilities to make investments or fuel growth. In response, Parker, Smith & Feek partners with the nonprofit Pacific Health Coalition creating solutions to help provide lower costs, increased flexibility, and better healthcare access to Alaskan businesses. Read […]

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How to Build Cost Effective Senior Living Facilities

The senior living industry continues to build out and refurbish its footprint throughout the United States…

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Tobacco Surcharges

Many employers provide incentives to employees (and sometimes their family members) for not smoking or using tobacco products to encourage them to adopt healthier lifestyles and to potentially cut down on medical costs. However, some employers don’t realize that putting such incentives in place may be considered a wellness program and subject to HIPAA and EEOC wellness rules.

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Addressing Project Site Security With Active Monitoring Systems

Buildings under construction have a greater potential for significant property damage from fire than occupied buildings.

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HHS Proposes to Rescind Adoption of HDIP

On December 19, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed regulations to rescind the requirement that employers and plan sponors obtain and use a unique health plan identifier (HPID).

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Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave

Reminder! Premiums for the new Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance begin on January 1, 2019!

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Texas Judge Issues Controversial ACA Ruling

A Texas district court judge has issued a decision in Texas v. Azar, ruling that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional.

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Incorporating Telehealth into Your Employee Benefit Offering

With employer and employee healthcare costs continuing to increase each year (Health Research Institute predicts the medical cost trend for 2019 will be 6 percent ), companies are looking for ways to help mitigate that rising cost with a variety of technologies.

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The State of Massachusetts has Introduced a New Employer Reporting Requirement

Massachusetts has introduced a new employer reporting requirement. The Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form must be completed annually by all employers, even those located outside the state, that have six or more employees working in Massachusetts.

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IRS Extends Due Date for Employers to Provide Form 1095 to Employees and Participants

Similar to the last couple years, the IRS announced in Notice 2018-94 that it has extended the due date for employers and insurance companies to provide 2018 Form 1095s to individuals.

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‘Tis the Season – HB 79 Alaska’s 2018 Workers’ Compensation Legislation

Let’s take a minute to understand how last year’s workers’ compensation legislation will affect your business and what you have to look forward to down the road.

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