July 22, 2014

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Federal Court Ruling on Illegal Subsidies

Today the Halbig v. Burwell Court ruled that a major part of the 2010 health care law relating to tax subsidies in States with government run exchanges are illegal. However, employers should not take any action just yet. Facts of the Case Section 36 B of the Internal Revenue Code, part of the Affordable Care Act […]

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July 22, 2014

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Do You Have Your Health Plan Identifier (HPID)?

Brief Summary Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must create a series of rules over a five year period, designed to help streamline health care administrative transactions, prompt greater use of standard processes by health care providers and smooth current work processes. Because of this requirement, HHS […]

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July 18, 2014

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Pregnancy Discrimination Act – Update

On July 14, 2014 in its first major update of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) since 1983, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance on pregnancy discrimination.  The Commission added provisions explaining when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) might require reasonable accommodations for workers with pregnancy-related disabilities or […]

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July 15, 2014

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Sovaldi: Bane or Blessing?

In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new hepatitis C drug marketed under the brand name Sovaldi. This drug, developed by Gilead Sciences, is a specialty medication taken once-a-day along with other antiviral meds. Sovaldi is reportedly effective in curing 89% of patients infected with the hepatitis C virus in as little as […]

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July 8, 2014

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PCORI Fee Due July 31st – Final Reminder

One final reminder that PCORI fee payments are due no later than July 31, 2014. This fee was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act and will be used to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to provide research and information to assist patients and health care providers. Major medical, retiree plans, COBRA […]

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July 8, 2014

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Analytical Skills Importance in HR Today

Entering the human resources field is no longer merely based on the idea of liking to work with people, but it now requires firm analytical skills along with the soft people skills. In order to be successful in HR nowadays, it is extremely important that you are efficient when working with data, because ultimately HR […]

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July 8, 2014

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July is Park and Recreation Month

According to a national survey, 28% of adults spend little to no time participating in outside activities. Getting active and connecting with nature improves our mental health. The National Recreation and Park Association encourages individuals to enjoy their community parks. It has selected a theme for 2014: OUT is IN, making 2014 the year people […]

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July 1, 2014

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The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby

The contraceptive mandate requires non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurers to furnish “preventive care and screenings” for women without “any cost sharing requirements.” This includes the coverage of 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Religious employers, such as churches, are exempt and so are religious nonprofit organizations with religious […]

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July 1, 2014

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Pediatric Dental and Vision Requirements

The buzz about pediatric dental and vision coverage emerged during healthcare reform. The Affordable Care Act created 10 Essential Health Benefit (EHB) categories of services to be covered starting in 2014. Those 10 categories are: Ambulatory patient services Emergency Services Hospitalization Laboratory services Maternity and newborn care Mental health and substance abuse services, including behavior […]

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July 1, 2014

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How do you learn everything about the ACA?

No one can or will be denied health coverage ever again in the United States of America.  Healthcare reform is transforming many industries and spurring lots of change.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has forever altered the insurance industry.  In this new era of reform, there is so much to learn. I am a student, […]

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