November BenefitsBuzz

On October 23, 2015 By Tevis

ACA Small Group Market Rule Repealed On Oct. 7, 2015, President Obama signed into law legislation that repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that every state‚Äôs small group market be expanded to include businesses with 51-100 employees. Previously, most … Continue reading


Medicare Part-D Sample Notices and 2016 Annual Legal Notice Packets

On September 22, 2015 By Tevis

Health care plan sponsors whose plans contain prescription drug coverage must distribute an Annual Notice by October 15th to plan participants who are or who might be eligible for Medicare Part-D coverage or have covered family members who may be … Continue reading


August BenefitsBuzz

On July 24, 2015 By Tevis

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies in Federal Exchanges On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in King v. Burwell. The case challenged the availability of health insurance Exchange subsidies in every state, including states with … Continue reading


Same Sex Marriage Ruling: Its Impact on Employee Benefits

On July 13, 2015 By Tevis

On June 26, 2015, among a series of U.S. Supreme Court (USSCT) rulings, the USSCT, in a 5/4 split, ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to … Continue reading


June BenefitBuzz

On May 27, 2014 By Tevis

COBRA and Exchange Rules Clarified The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires covered employers to provide employees and dependents who lose group health benefits with an opportunity to continue their coverage. Individuals who are eligible for health coverage under … Continue reading


August 2013 BenefitsBuzz

On August 2, 2013 By Tevis

Employer Mandate Delayed The Obama Administration has postponed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) large employer mandate penalties for one year, until 2015. The Department of the Treasury announced the delay on July 2, 2013, along with a similar delay for … Continue reading


March 2013 BenefitsBuzz

On March 1, 2013 By Tevis

Final Rule Issued on HIPAA Privacy and Security Protections On Jan. 17, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules. The final rule is intended to … Continue reading


Medicare Part-D: Plan Sponsor Obligations

On February 22, 2013 By Tevis

The purpose of this Memorandum is to discuss plan sponsor obligations with regard to prescription drug benefits when health plans include prescription drug coverage and provide such coverage to Medicare-eligible participants (individuals who have coverage under Parts A and or … Continue reading


The Exchanges: A Discussion

On February 1, 2013 By Tevis

On January 24, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the employer-provided notice (regarding the existence of the Exchanges, the availability of premium tax credits, and related matters) has been postponed until it issues supporting regulations. It anticipates issuing … Continue reading


Health Care Reform: Be Prepared, It’s Later than You Think

On February 1, 2013 By Tevis

Most employers must prepare now to greet the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its related guidance (Health Care Reform). Employers with more than 50 employees must develop their strategies regarding future hires, choice of plans, and … Continue reading