April 21, 2015

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Attention Missouri Employers! The maximum fee for administering a garnishment has changed!

At one time, Missouri Revised Statute 525.230 allowed employers to charge employees who had a garnishment (other than child support) being deducted from their payroll checks a fee of  each check of eight dollars or two percent of the garnishment amount.  Effective January 15, 2015, Missouri Revised Statute 525.230 has changed to only allow a […]

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April 15, 2015

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Level Funding

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance carriers to use adjusted community rating to establish medical premiums each year.  Group medical plans with 2 to 50 employees experienced this change in 2014.  Adjusted community rating will be required for medical plans with 51 to 99 employees beginning in 2016. Community Rated means that all insured pay […]

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April 14, 2015

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Wellness Getting Legislative Support

The Senate and House of Representatives have introduced bills that would clarify rules related to employer wellness programs. Recently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against three employers alleging that their wellness programs violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by imposing penalties on employees […]

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April 6, 2015

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Final FMLA Spousal Definition

Did you know that something as simple as a change of a definition could affect the way employers handle their leave practices?   The new definition of a “spouse” has done just that for purposes of FMLA leave. As you may know, last year in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court determined that section 3 […]

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April 6, 2015

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NLRB’s Take on Employer Rules

“I don’t get no respect!” – Rodney Dangerfield, It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect But Plenty of Sex and Drugs. Employers should channel their inner Rodney Dangerfield when reviewing and revising their employee handbooks.  I’m exaggerating, but only slightly. In a Memorandum released March 18, 2015, the NLRB General Counsel Richard […]

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April 2, 2015

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World Health Day

April 7th is World Health Day. This year’s theme is food safety and what we can do to avoid the risk of food poisoning and foodborne diseases. Food safety is not something that most Americans worry about on a daily basis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keep […]

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April 1, 2015

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UnitedHealth Group to Buy PBM Catamaran

OptumRx, UnitedHealth Groups free standing pharmacy benefits manager and Catamaran announced on March 30th that they have agreed to merge. The deal has UnitedHealth Group acquiring Catamaran for around $12.8 billion in cash. Catamaran is the fourth largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in the U.S. by volume of prescriptions and OptumRx is the country’s third […]

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March 25, 2015

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Another Insurance Carrier Data Breach

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, a health insurance company in operating primarily in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, announced this week it discovered a data breach of its system.  Premera said it discovered the breach on January 29, 2015, the same date of the Anthem data breach, but just announced the breach to the public on […]

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March 10, 2015

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Preparing for the ICD-10 Transition

As the October 1, 2015 deadline quickly approaches, health care providers, payers, clearinghouses, and billing services are in the final stages of transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10.  ICD is the abbreviated term for “International Classification of Diseases” and 10 representing the tenth revision. ICD Codes identify the diagnosis on the billing; ICD-9 codes uses 3 […]

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March 10, 2015

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COBRA and Medicare: Know the Rules

If we’re working for an employer that has twenty or more full time employees, Medicare A & B pays on a secondary basis to our employer group health plan.  Thus, for many seniors with employer group coverage there’s no need to take Medicare when first available at age 65.  However, when employment ends and we […]

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