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Thursday, October 18, 2018
In the technology industry, where turnover is high – especially within the millennial generation – companies are forced to alter and adapt their benefit packages to attract and retain quality employees.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Setting the correct COBRA premium for a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) can be challenging. COBRA defines “applicable premium” as the cost to the plan of providing coverage to similarly situated beneficiaries who have not experienced a qualifying event.
Monday, October 15, 2018
With the implementation of recent tariffs, the manufacturing community has been faced with developing innovative plans on how to prepare and adjust for the challenges ahead.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
I have been accused of being very fond of wine. Guilty as charged – though only consumed at appropriate times and in reasonable volumes.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
It’s that time of year again. Employers who sponsor a fully-insured group health plan may be receiving a Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rebate from their insurers. Self-insured medical benefit plans are not subject to these requirements. The rebates raise several fundamental questions for employers, including: How much (if any) of the rebate must be distributed […]
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Say that you are a healthcare provider (either a physician or facility) who recently treated a patient. By all accounts, the interaction with this patient was uneventful and routine.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The IRS has released draft forms and instructions for the 2018 calendar year. Not surprisingly, the 2018 forms and instructions are almost identical to those provided for 2017. The only notable change is a small increase in the penalties for failure to report correctly and on time. Previously, the penalty was $260 per form (capped […]
Monday, September 24, 2018
As the real estate cycle in the Puget Sound continues to move forward, condo conversions from existing apartment buildings are becoming more and more popular.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D must comply with certain disclosure requirements. Group health plan sponsors must disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D whether their prescription drug coverage is at least as good as the Medicare Part D […]
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Domestic Partner Benefits The legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide has made it easier for employers to administer the tax impact of health benefits provided to same-sex spouses of employees. Federal tax treatment of benefits applies equally to legally married same-sex and to opposite-sex couples. However, some employers continue to provide employer sponsored benefits to domestic […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Workplace violence occurs in the healthcare industry at a rate of four times that of any other industry
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
It has been one year since Washington passed legislation in July 2017 to create a paid family and medical leave (PFML) program.