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With open enrollment fast approaching for many employers, it is a good time to review what materials are necessary for open enrollment and what employer notices are required to distribute and when. Some employer notices are provided when participants first become covered under a health and welfare plan and others have an annual distribution requirement.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Employer Notice , SPD , SMM , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , Wellness , Grandfathered Status , WHCRA , Michelle's Law , ADA
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming 2019 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health FSA , HRA , Health Savings Account , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , HSA Headaches , Disqualifying Coverage , Qualified HDHP , HDHP , Rollover , Grace Period , HSA eligibility

Employer Plan Notices Are Now in Season!

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With open enrollment fast-approaching for many employers, it is also a good time for employers to take stock of whether they have provided all necessary documents and notices for their health and welfare benefit plans to their employees and plan participants this year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Notice , Compliance , Benefits , SPD , SMM , SBC , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , WHCRA , Wellness , ADA , Grandfathered Plan , MIchelle's Law
On August 22, 2017, a U.S. District Court remanded final wellness regulations back to the EEOC for further review and reconsideration, finding that the current rules were "arbitrary and capricious."
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Categories: | Tags: AARP , EEOC , wellness , ADA , GINA , Americans With Disabilities Act , Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act , American Association of Retired Persons , Equal Employment Opporunity Commission , arbitrary , capricious , regulations

EEOC Issues Sample Notice for Wellness Plans

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The EEOC recently provided a sample notice to help employers comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to their wellness plans. The notice describes what medical information will be collected as part of the wellness program, who will receive the information, how it will be used and how it will be kept confidential. The requirement that employers provide the notice will take effect on or after January 1, 2017, on the first day of the plan year for the health plan that the empl...
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: wellness , wellness plan , wellness program , EEOC , notice , ADA , disabilities , health questions , biometric screening , employer
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released final rules on May 17, 2016 amending both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) to further clarify the effect of those laws on workplace wellness programs. This guidance provides welcome assistance to the increasing number of employers that are offering wellness programs to promote health and reduce health care costs for their employees.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HHS , Wellness , EEOC , ADA , GINA