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  • The New Health Care Law: What We Know So Far

    As we collectively hold our breath to see what the proposed new health care law will have in store for all of us, we want to keep you in the loop regarding what we know so far. On March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership introduced Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement budget reconciliation bills in the Ways and Means (W&M) (summary) and Energy and Commerce (E&C) (summary) committee...

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  • Sometimes Forgotten: The Importance of Dental Care

    Many businesses, employee benefits consultants, and more keep discussing population health management, yet they leave out an important part of the healthcare delivery system. Preventative care might be emphasized more than ever, with wellness rewards programs incentivizing individuals for healthy actions. Though they provide critical preventive services that have wide-ranging impacts on i...

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  • Eye on Your Benefits: Looking Out For 2017 Employee Benefits Trends

    We are looking out for you. Open enrollment for employee benefits has pretty much wrapped up at many companies across the country, and as you probably noticed, health care costs continue to rise. To keep costs in check, many employers are gravitating towards high-deductible health plans. The new presidential administration could bring major changes to health care, though it's unclear wha...

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  • December is Quit Smoking Month

    When it comes to smoking, be a quitter Quitting smoking is the most important thing smokers can do to live a longer, healthier life. Yet almost one in every five American adults smoke. You’re not weak, you’re addicted If you’ve tried to stop smoking and always seem to pick it up again, you’re not alone. Nicotine, the drug in tobacco, is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. When you breathe in ci...

  • Workers Compensation and Opioid Abuse: A $1.5 Billion Issue

    Some of the most innovative approaches for fighting painkiller addiction among employees come from an unlikely source: the workers-compensation industry. Workplace injury is one of the main reasons doctors prescribe opioids, and dependence has become an expensive problem for those paying workers’ comp claims. Workers’ compensation payers spent $1.54 billion on opioids in 2015, or 13% of total ...

  • 4 Ways to Help Your Employee Benefits Strategy

    As premium costs increase, many small business owners are looking for ways to save money on their health insurance. Large companies often benefit from scale, but small businesses do not have the same bargaining power with so few employees. Experiencing sticker shock from your renewal notice? Here are a few things you can do to prepare for the upcoming benefit year and build a strong strategy ...

  • Four Things To Know About Opioid Abuse

    Seventy-eight Americans die every day due to opioid overdoses – more daily fatalities than car accidents. In 2014, the United States hit a record number of deaths due to reported drug overdoses from prescription pain relievers and heroin. Why does there continue to be an upward growth curve for these statistics? For starters, opioids and opiates are found in illegal drugs such as heroin, b...

  • Legislative Update: IRS Releases 2016 Updated Forms 1094 and 1095 ACA Reporting

    In 2015, new Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) employer reporting requirements relating to the PPACA went into effect. The IRS recently released updated and modified Forms for the 2016 filings that are due in 2017. You may recall from last year, that there are two separate types of IRS PPACA required filings. The Forms 1094-B and 1095-B are designed to enforce the individual mandate. The Fo...

  • Five Current Topics You Need To Know About Wage and Safety Laws for Workers

      In the news recently, stories of exploitation of immigrant workers in the construction business generated widespread reaction from readers who are very interested in the issues facing workers these days, especially with new wage laws and other legislation. While opinions range widely on US policies around immigration, there are a number of state and federal laws that make clear an emp...

  • Change Your Lifestyle to Fight Heart Disease

    HEALTHY EATING, EXERCISE, QUITTING SMOKING, MANAGING STRESS — they can all have a profound impact on combating heart disease. Making all of these a priority may seem overwhelming. But every small positive step you take can help improve your health. Following a healthy diet — what does that mean? To lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack, you and your family should follow a diet that...

  • Winter Safety: Preventing Slips and Falls

    It’s that time of year again, and the cold, strange, weather patterns are affecting much of the country. Keeping your business and employees well-equipped to handle potentially dangerous conditions is key to any strong safety program. Slips and falls continue to be a loss leader within any Workers Compensation program. Stay proactive and deal with potential hazards in a timely fashion. Re...

  • What’s New For Businesses in 2017? Health Care, Taxes, and More

    In a time of uncertainty, you can always be certain you’ll be paying taxes, and several rules and regulations will change every year. For 2017, small businesses are getting a bigger deduction for equipment purchases, and those that aren't required to provide health insurance will have an option to help staffers pay for coverage. Many companies have new filing deadlines for their tax return...

  • Change to Health Insurance Is Coming: 4 Issues You Should Consider

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been one of the most disputed (and largest) sets of regulations set forth by the government in recent history. With a new President taking office this week, we are certain there will be major changes to the health care law, but nobody really knows which parts of the ACA will stay, and which pieces of legislation will be repealed. Here are several issues t...

  • Weight Loss: One Step Towards Better Health

    Every January, many people make resolutions to try and take steps towards better health; whether it’s a weight loss goal, fitness challenge, and more. If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s important to focus on your overall health rather than just your pants size. Here are some tips on getting active and making healthy changes in your life. And always talk to your doctor before starting a...

  • State Minimum Wage Rates Set to Increase

    2017 is underway, and the minimum wage will rise in a number of states. Unless otherwise noted, the following minimum wage rates (per hour) are scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2017: Alaska: $9.80 Arizona: $10.00 Arkansas: $8.50 for employers with 4 or more employees California: $10.50 for employers with 26 or more employees (for smaller employers, the rate remains ...

  • Employee Benefits Strategy: Sleep Better and Take Control of Your Health Insurance Costs

    As health insurance deductibles rise, employers are offering workers special policies to help cover out-of-pocket costs. For many workers, paying for health care has become such a difficult budgeting exercise that the insurance industry is marketing additional products to help. So-called gap insurance, also known as supplemental or voluntary insurance, provides extra coverage for things like h...

  • Legislative Update: Congress Eliminates IRS Penalty on Employer Reimbursements for Health Insurance

    You’re safe. For now. From this particular piece of legislation. 2017 is rapidly coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more legislative news pertaining to the Affordable Care Act and your taxes and potential penalties. However, there is some good news. The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday, December 7th, eliminating a tax penalty on employers who reimburse employees for th...

  • Security Alert: Email Targets Employees of HIPAA Covered Entities & Their Business Associates

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has become aware of a phishing email that is being circulated on mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of the Office of Civil Rights' Director, Jocelyn Samuels. The email appears to be an official government communication, and targets employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates. The email prompts r...

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  • Employer–Sponsored Health Insurance Is Not Going Anywhere For Awhile

    Some small companies that dropped group health insurance for their employees are reversing course, driven by a tightening labor market and rising costs and fewer choices for individual coverage. Retaining employees means employers have to provide them with compensation packages including a strong benefits offering. For example, we spoke with a small business owner with 10 employees who dro...

AWANE Inc

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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  • ACA Update: Top 4 Changes to “Pay or Play” for 2016 Filings

    This year, more pieces of the Affordable Care Act came into play, and here are several things you need to know as you are closing out 2016. Transition Relief Expiration, Penalty Increases Among Notable Items As employers continue to receive Health Insurance Marketplace notices and file appeals based on the 2015 pay or play compliance season, it is never too early for applicable large em...

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