Monthly Archives: October 2013

Roll over up to $500 of unused FSA funds

October 31st, 2013

Earlier today, the Department of Treasury issued Notice 2013.71 that modifies the FSA “use-it-or-lose-it” provision to allow a limited rollover of FSA funds.  This is GREAT NEWS for participants and employers who sponsor an FSA plan, and a positive improvement to a rule that has been opposed for many years. The highlights:   Effective immediately,...

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Federal Workers Must Repay Jobless Benefits from Shutdown

October 28th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor says federal workers who collected unemployment insurance during the 16-day government shutdown must  return the money because workers will receive back pay. Of the 400,000 federal employees furloughed during the shutdown, about 70,000 applied for jobless benefits with a smaller number actually taking the steps required to receive them. Continue...

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Per-Employee Health Benefit Costs up Slightly in 2014

October 23rd, 2013

Employers expect health benefit costs per employee will rise by 4.8% on average in 2014, based on early responses from an annual survey conducted by Mercer. Cost growth slowed to 4.1% in 2012, a 15-year low. The projected increase for 2014, while still relatively low, represents a slight uptick in the rate of growth. Employer...

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10 Tips for Communicating the ACA to Employees

October 21st, 2013

Information concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is piling up in your employees’ inbox and dominating their news feeds. Undoubtedly they are seeking your expertise to answer questions and clarify any lingering confusion. Below are 10 tips for communication with your employees on the ACA:   1. Explain ACA simply and concisely. The law and...

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How Healthcare Reform is Easing Cancer Patients’ Minds

October 21st, 2013

Every October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an annual campaign raising awareness of the disease and celebrating the 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This year, however, October also marked the opening of the health insurance marketplaces in each state which enables people with breast cancer and other forms of cancer...

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HHS Model HIPAA Privacy Notices

October 2nd, 2013

The Office for Civil Rights and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have collaborated to develop model Notices of Privacy Practices for health care providers and health plans to use to communicate with their patients and plan members. The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives individuals a fundamental right to be informed of the...

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