Health insurance plans for employees, and generally including their dependents, usually on a cost-sharing basis with the employer paying a percentage of the premium.
Insurance providing for payment of services rendered by the pharmacist. Services include the preparation and distribution of medical products.
A 1974 Federal act which preempts states' rights with regard to workers' pension benefits and employee benefits. It does not affect the benefits and rights of employees whose employer is self-insured. (From Slee & Slee, Health Care Reform Terms, 1993)
Organizations which assume the financial responsibility for the risks of policyholders.
Provisions of an insurance policy that require the insured to pay some portion of covered expenses. Several forms of sharing are in use, e.g., deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. Cost sharing does not refer to or include amounts paid in premiums for the coverage. (From Dictionary of Health Services Management, 2d ed)
Works about lists of drugs or collections of recipes, formulas, and prescriptions for the compounding of medicinal preparations. Formularies differ from PHARMACOPOEIAS in that they are less complete, lacking full descriptions of the drugs, their formulations, analytic composition, chemical properties, etc. In hospitals, formularies list all drugs commonly stocked in the hospital pharmacy.
Drugs whose drug name is not protected by a trademark. They may be manufactured by several companies.
The amount that a health care institution or organization pays for its drugs. It is one component of the final price that is charged to the consumer (FEES, PHARMACEUTICAL or PRESCRIPTION FEES).
Health insurance plans intended to reduce unnecessary health care costs through a variety of mechanisms, including: economic incentives for physicians and patients to select less costly forms of care; programs for reviewing the medical necessity of specific services; increased beneficiary cost sharing; controls on inpatient admissions and lengths of stay; the establishment of cost-sharing incentives for outpatient surgery; selective contracting with health care providers; and the intensive management of high-cost health care cases. The programs may be provided in a variety of settings, such as HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS and PREFERRED PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS.
The level of health of the individual, group, or population as subjectively assessed by the individual or by more objective measures.
Branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and control of disease and disability, and the promotion of physical and mental health of the population on the international, national, state, or municipal level.
The promotion and maintenance of physical and mental health in the work environment.
The concept concerned with all aspects of providing and distributing health services to a patient population.
Encouraging consumer behaviors most likely to optimize health potentials (physical and psychosocial) through health information, preventive programs, and access to medical care.
Decisions, usually developed by government policymakers, for determining present and future objectives pertaining to the health care system.
Payments or services provided under stated circumstances under the terms of an insurance policy. In prepayment programs, benefits are the services the programs will provide at defined locations and to the extent needed.
Innovation and improvement of the health care system by reappraisal, amendment of services, and removal of faults and abuses in providing and distributing health services to patients. It includes a re-alignment of health services and health insurance to maximum demographic elements (the unemployed, indigent, uninsured, elderly, inner cities, rural areas) with reference to coverage, hospitalization, pricing and cost containment, insurers' and employers' costs, pre-existing medical conditions, prescribed drugs, equipment, and services.
A systematic collection of factual data pertaining to health and disease in a human population within a given geographic area.
The state of the organism when it functions optimally without evidence of disease.
Health services for employees, usually provided by the employer at the place of work.
The state wherein the person is well adjusted.
That portion of total HEALTH CARE COSTS borne by an individual's or group's employing organization.
Insurance providing coverage of medical, surgical, or hospital care in general or for which there is no specific heading.
Behaviors expressed by individuals to protect, maintain or promote their health status. For example, proper diet, and appropriate exercise are activities perceived to influence health status. Life style is closely associated with health behavior and factors influencing life style are socioeconomic, educational, and cultural.
Place or physical location of work or employment.
Public attitudes toward health, disease, and the medical care system.
Statistical measures of utilization and other aspects of the provision of health care services including hospitalization and ambulatory care.
The degree to which individuals are inhibited or facilitated in their ability to gain entry to and to receive care and services from the health care system. Factors influencing this ability include geographic, architectural, transportational, and financial considerations, among others.
Planning for needed health and/or welfare services and facilities.
The amounts spent by individuals, groups, nations, or private or public organizations for total health care and/or its various components. These amounts may or may not be equivalent to the actual costs (HEALTH CARE COSTS) and may or may not be shared among the patient, insurers, and/or employers.
Services for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.
The levels of excellence which characterize the health service or health care provided based on accepted standards of quality.
Care which provides integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. (JAMA 1995;273(3):192)
Men and women working in the provision of health services, whether as individual practitioners or employees of health institutions and programs, whether or not professionally trained, and whether or not subject to public regulation. (From A Discursive Dictionary of Health Care, 1976)
The integration of epidemiologic, sociological, economic, and other analytic sciences in the study of health services. Health services research is usually concerned with relationships between need, demand, supply, use, and outcome of health services. The aim of the research is evaluation, particularly in terms of structure, process, output, and outcome. (From Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology, 2d ed)
Knowledge, attitudes, and associated behaviors which pertain to health-related topics such as PATHOLOGIC PROCESSES or diseases, their prevention, and treatment. This term refers to non-health workers and health workers (HEALTH PERSONNEL).
Health services required by a population or community as well as the health services that the population or community is able and willing to pay for.
Education that increases the awareness and favorably influences the attitudes and knowledge relating to the improvement of health on a personal or community basis.
The concept pertaining to the health status of inhabitants of the world.
The level of governmental organization and function at the national or country-wide level.
The state of being engaged in an activity or service for wages or salary.
Components of a national health care system which administer specific services, e.g., national health insurance.
Diseases caused by factors involved in one's employment.
Preferentially rated health-related activities or functions to be used in establishing health planning goals. This may refer specifically to PL93-641.
Generally refers to the amount of protection available and the kind of loss which would be paid for under an insurance contract with an insurer. (Slee & Slee, Health Care Terms, 2d ed)
Organized services to provide mental health care.
A method of comparing the cost of a program with its expected benefits in dollars (or other currency). The benefit-to-cost ratio is a measure of total return expected per unit of money spent. This analysis generally excludes consideration of factors that are not measured ultimately in economic terms. Cost effectiveness compares alternative ways to achieve a specific set of results.
The science of controlling or modifying those conditions, influences, or forces surrounding man which relate to promoting, establishing, and maintaining health.
Management of public health organizations or agencies.
The optimal state of the mouth and normal functioning of the organs of the mouth without evidence of disease.
Planning, organizing, and administering all activities related to personnel.
Studies in which the presence or absence of disease or other health-related variables are determined in each member of the study population or in a representative sample at one particular time. This contrasts with LONGITUDINAL STUDIES which are followed over a period of time.
The state of being retired from one's position or occupation.
A non-medical term defined by the lay public as a food that has little or no preservatives, which has not undergone major processing, enrichment or refinement and which may be grown without pesticides. (from Segen, The Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)
Predetermined sets of questions used to collect data - clinical data, social status, occupational group, etc. The term is often applied to a self-completed survey instrument.
Social and economic factors that characterize the individual or group within the social structure.
The seeking and acceptance by patients of health service.
The organization and administration of health services dedicated to the delivery of health care.
Economic sector concerned with the provision, distribution, and consumption of health care services and related products.
An absence from work permitted because of illness or the number of days per year for which an employer agrees to pay employees who are sick. (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1981)
Research aimed at assessing the quality and effectiveness of health care as measured by the attainment of a specified end result or outcome. Measures include parameters such as improved health, lowered morbidity or mortality, and improvement of abnormal states (such as elevated blood pressure).
Variation in rates of disease occurrence and disabilities between population groups defined by socioeconomic characteristics such as age, ethnicity, economic resources, or gender and populations identified geographically or similar measures.
Adverse or favorable selection bias exhibited by insurers or enrollees resulting in disproportionate enrollment of certain groups of people.
Tax-exempt trusts or custodial accounts established by individuals with financial institutions for saving money for future medical expenses.
The status of health in urban populations.
Alternative health care delivery mechanisms, such as PREFERRED PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS or other health insurance services or prepaid plans (other than HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS), that meet Medicare qualifications for a risk-sharing contract. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988)
Planning for the equitable allocation, apportionment, or distribution of available health resources.
Attitudes of personnel toward their patients, other professionals, toward the medical care system, etc.
Diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health services provided for individuals in the community.
Organized systems for providing comprehensive prepaid health care that have five basic attributes: (1) provide care in a defined geographic area; (2) provide or ensure delivery of an agreed-upon set of basic and supplemental health maintenance and treatment services; (3) provide care to a voluntarily enrolled group of persons; (4) require their enrollees to use the services of designated providers; and (5) receive reimbursement through a predetermined, fixed, periodic prepayment made by the enrollee without regard to the degree of services provided. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988)
The concept covering the physical and mental conditions of women.
The individuals employed by the hospital.
A health care system which combines physicians, hospitals, and other medical services with a health plan to provide the complete spectrum of medical care for its customers. In a fully integrated system, the three key elements - physicians, hospital, and health plan membership - are in balance in terms of matching medical resources with the needs of purchasers and patients. (Coddington et al., Integrated Health Care: Reorganizing the Physician, Hospital and Health Plan Relationship, 1994, p7)
Programs designed by management to motivate employees to work more efficiently with increased productivity, and greater employee satisfaction.
Administrative units of government responsible for policy making and management of governmental activities.
Community or individual involvement in the decision-making process.
Organized services to provide health care for children.
The activities and endeavors of the public health services in a community on any level.
Chronic absence from work or other duty.
Cost-sharing mechanisms that provide for payment by the insured of some portion of covered expenses. Deductibles are the amounts paid by the insured under a health insurance contract before benefits become payable; coinsurance is the provision under which the insured pays part of the medical bill, usually according to a fixed percentage, when benefits become payable.
Any enterprise centered on the processing, assembly, production, or marketing of a line of products, services, commodities, or merchandise, in a particular field often named after its principal product. Examples include the automobile, fishing, music, publishing, insurance, and textile industries.
The exposure to potentially harmful chemical, physical, or biological agents that occurs as a result of one's occupation.
The status of health in rural populations.
State plans prepared by the State Health Planning and Development Agencies which are made up from plans submitted by the Health Systems Agencies and subject to review and revision by the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.
That distinct portion of the institutional, industrial, or economic structure of a country that is controlled or owned by non-governmental, private interests.
Contracts between an insurer and a subscriber or a group of subscribers whereby a specified set of health benefits is provided in return for a periodic premium.
The process by which decisions are made in an institution or other organization.
Studies designed to assess the efficacy of programs. They may include the evaluation of cost-effectiveness, the extent to which objectives are met, or impact.
Degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.
A specialized agency of the United Nations designed as a coordinating authority on international health work; its aim is to promote the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all peoples.
Activities and programs intended to assure or improve the quality of care in either a defined medical setting or a program. The concept includes the assessment or evaluation of the quality of care; identification of problems or shortcomings in the delivery of care; designing activities to overcome these deficiencies; and follow-up monitoring to ensure effectiveness of corrective steps.
Conversations with an individual or individuals held in order to obtain information about their background and other personal biographical data, their attitudes and opinions, etc. It includes school admission or job interviews.
Planning that has the goals of improving health, improving accessibility to health services, and promoting efficiency in the provision of services and resources on a comprehensive basis for a whole community. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988, p299)
Programs in which participation is required.
Institutions which provide medical or health-related services.
Services designed for HEALTH PROMOTION and prevention of disease.
Health services, public or private, in rural areas. The services include the promotion of health and the delivery of health care.
Amounts charged to the patient as payer for health care services.
The area of a nation's economy that is tax-supported and under government control.
Prepaid health and hospital insurance plan.
The total number of cases of a given disease in a specified population at a designated time. It is differentiated from INCIDENCE, which refers to the number of new cases in the population at a given time.
Planning for health resources at a regional or multi-state level.
Elements of limited time intervals, contributing to particular results or situations.
Customer satisfaction or dissatisfaction with a benefit or service received.
The availability of HEALTH PERSONNEL. It includes the demand and recruitment of both professional and allied health personnel, their present and future supply and distribution, and their assignment and utilization.
The application of mathematical formulas and statistical techniques to the testing and quantifying of economic theories and the solution of economic problems.
Ratio of output to effort, or the ratio of effort produced to energy expended.
Stress wherein emotional factors predominate.
The containment, regulation, or restraint of costs. Costs are said to be contained when the value of resources committed to an activity is not considered excessive. This determination is frequently subjective and dependent upon the specific geographic area of the activity being measured. (From Dictionary of Health Services Management, 2d ed)
Physical activity which is usually regular and done with the intention of improving or maintaining PHYSICAL FITNESS or HEALTH. Contrast with PHYSICAL EXERTION which is concerned largely with the physiologic and metabolic response to energy expenditure.
Evaluation undertaken to assess the results or consequences of management and procedures used in combating disease in order to determine the efficacy, effectiveness, safety, and practicability of these interventions in individual cases or series.
Studies in which subsets of a defined population are identified. These groups may or may not be exposed to factors hypothesized to influence the probability of the occurrence of a particular disease or other outcome. Cohorts are defined populations which, as a whole, are followed in an attempt to determine distinguishing subgroup characteristics.
A shared service which combines the purchasing power of individual organizations or facilities in order to obtain lower prices for equipment and supplies. (From Health Care Terms, 2nd ed)
Absolute, comparative, or differential costs pertaining to services, institutions, resources, etc., or the analysis and study of these costs.
Status not subject to taxation; as the income of a philanthropic organization. Tax-exempt organizations may also qualify to receive tax-deductible donations if they are considered to be nonprofit corporations under Section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
Application of marketing principles and techniques to maximize the use of health care resources.
Age as a constituent element or influence contributing to the production of a result. It may be applicable to the cause or the effect of a circumstance. It is used with human or animal concepts but should be differentiated from AGING, a physiological process, and TIME FACTORS which refers only to the passage of time.
Facilities which administer the delivery of health care services to people living in a community or neighborhood.
Available manpower, facilities, revenue, equipment, and supplies to produce requisite health care and services.
The level of governmental organization and function below that of the national or country-wide government.
A course or method of action selected, usually by an organization, institution, university, society, etc., from among alternatives to guide and determine present and future decisions and positions on matters of public interest or social concern. It does not include internal policy relating to organization and administration within the corporate body, for which ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION is available.
Statistical models which describe the relationship between a qualitative dependent variable (that is, one which can take only certain discrete values, such as the presence or absence of a disease) and an independent variable. A common application is in epidemiology for estimating an individual's risk (probability of a disease) as a function of a given risk factor.
Programs and activities sponsored or administered by local, state, or national governments.
Regular course of eating and drinking adopted by a person or animal.
Maleness or femaleness as a constituent element or influence contributing to the production of a result. It may be applicable to the cause or effect of a circumstance. It is used with human or animal concepts but should be differentiated from SEX CHARACTERISTICS, anatomical or physiological manifestations of sex, and from SEX DISTRIBUTION, the number of males and females in given circumstances.
Criteria to determine eligibility of patients for medical care programs and services.
Psychiatric illness or diseases manifested by breakdowns in the adaptational process expressed primarily as abnormalities of thought, feeling, and behavior producing either distress or impairment of function.
A generic concept reflecting concern with the modification and enhancement of life attributes, e.g., physical, political, moral and social environment; the overall condition of a human life.
Organizations comprising wage and salary workers in health-related fields for the purpose of improving their status and conditions. The concept includes labor union activities toward providing health services to members.
Studies in which individuals or populations are followed to assess the outcome of exposures, procedures, or effects of a characteristic, e.g., occurrence of disease.
Payment by individuals or their family for health care services which are not covered by a third-party payer, either insurance or medical assistance.
Activities concerned with governmental policies, functions, etc.
Diseases which have one or more of the following characteristics: they are permanent, leave residual disability, are caused by nonreversible pathological alteration, require special training of the patient for rehabilitation, or may be expected to require a long period of supervision, observation, or care. (Dictionary of Health Services Management, 2d ed)
An Act prohibiting a health plan from establishing lifetime limits or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits for any participant or beneficiary after January 1, 2014. It permits a restricted annual limit for plan years beginning prior to January 1, 2014. It provides that a health plan shall not be prevented from placing annual or lifetime per-beneficiary limits on covered benefits. The Act sets up a competitive health insurance market.
The planned upgrading of a deteriorating urban area, involving rebuilding, renovation, or restoration. It frequently refers to programs of major demolition and rebuilding of blighted areas.
Crafts, trades, professions, or other means of earning a living.
The decision process by which individuals, groups or institutions establish policies pertaining to plans, programs or procedures.
Inhaling and exhaling the smoke of burning TOBACCO.
The total amount of work to be performed by an individual, a department, or other group of workers in a period of time.
Personal satisfaction relative to the work situation.
A situation in which the level of living of an individual, family, or group is below the standard of the community. It is often related to a specific income level.
The aggregate enterprise of manufacturing and technically producing chemicals. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
Formal procedures whereby the employee expresses any dissatisfaction or feeling of injustice regarding the work situation.
The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 establishes a Medicare+Choice program under part C of Title XVIII, Section 4001, of the Social Security Act. Under this program, an eligible individual may elect to receive Medicare benefits through enrollment in a Medicare+Choice plan. Beneficiaries may choose to use private pay options, establish medical savings accounts, use managed care plans, or join provider-sponsored plans.
The interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale, between different countries or between populations within the same country. It includes trade (the buying, selling, or exchanging of commodities, whether wholesale or retail) and business (the purchase and sale of goods to make a profit). (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, p411, p2005 & p283)
A measurement index derived from a modification of standard life-table procedures and designed to take account of the quality as well as the duration of survival. This index can be used in assessing the outcome of health care procedures or services. (BIOETHICS Thesaurus, 1994)
The process of formulating, improving, and expanding educational, managerial, or service-oriented work plans (excluding computer program development).
Observation of a population for a sufficient number of persons over a sufficient number of years to generate incidence or mortality rates subsequent to the selection of the study group.
A course or method of action selected, usually by a government, from among alternatives to guide and determine present and future decisions.
Those actions designed to carry out recommendations pertaining to health plans or programs.
Country located in EUROPE. It is bordered by the NORTH SEA, BELGIUM, and GERMANY. Constituent areas are Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, formerly included in the NETHERLANDS ANTILLES.
An infant during the first month after birth.
Components of the usual diet that may provide health benefits beyond basic nutrients. Examples of functional foods include soy, nuts, chocolate, and cranberries (From NCCAM Backgrounder, March 2004, p3).
Federal, state, or local government organized methods of financial assistance.
Media that facilitate transportability of pertinent information concerning patient's illness across varied providers and geographic locations. Some versions include direct linkages to online consumer health information that is relevant to the health conditions and treatments related to a specific patient.
Insurance providing benefits to cover part or all of the psychiatric care.
Any type of research that employs nonnumeric information to explore individual or group characteristics, producing findings not arrived at by statistical procedures or other quantitative means. (Qualitative Inquiry: A Dictionary of Terms Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997)
Typical way of life or manner of living characteristic of an individual or group. (From APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed)
Studies in which variables relating to an individual or group of individuals are assessed over a period of time.
The actual costs of providing services related to the delivery of health care, including the costs of procedures, therapies, and medications. It is differentiated from HEALTH EXPENDITURES, which refers to the amount of money paid for the services, and from fees, which refers to the amount charged, regardless of cost.
Voluntary groups of people representing diverse interests in the community such as hospitals, businesses, physicians, and insurers, with the principal objective to improve health care cost effectiveness.
Assessment of physiological capacities in relation to job requirements. It is usually done by measuring certain physiological (e.g., circulatory and respiratory) variables during a gradually increasing workload until specific limitations occur with respect to those variables.
The interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral and biomedical science, knowledge, and techniques relevant to health and illness and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Norms, criteria, standards, and other direct qualitative and quantitative measures used in determining the quality of health care.
Organized periodic procedures performed on large groups of people for the purpose of detecting disease.
System of recording financial transactions.
Procedures for finding the mathematical function which best describes the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables. In linear regression (see LINEAR MODELS) the relationship is constrained to be a straight line and LEAST-SQUARES ANALYSIS is used to determine the best fit. In logistic regression (see LOGISTIC MODELS) the dependent variable is qualitative rather than continuously variable and LIKELIHOOD FUNCTIONS are used to find the best relationship. In multiple regression, the dependent variable is considered to depend on more than a single independent variable.
The smallest continent and an independent country, comprising six states and two territories. Its capital is Canberra.
The practice of nursing in the work environment.
Ongoing scrutiny of a population (general population, study population, target population, etc.), generally using methods distinguished by their practicability, uniformity, and frequently their rapidity, rather than by complete accuracy.
Organized services to provide health care to expectant and nursing mothers.
A nursing specialty concerned with promoting and protecting the health of populations, using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences to develop local, regional, state, and national health policy and research. It is population-focused and community-oriented, aimed at health promotion and disease prevention through educational, diagnostic, and preventive programs.
An aspect of personal behavior or lifestyle, environmental exposure, or inborn or inherited characteristic, which, on the basis of epidemiologic evidence, is known to be associated with a health-related condition considered important to prevent.
Professions or other business activities directed to the cure and prevention of disease. For occupations of medical personnel who are not physicians but who are working in the fields of medical technology, physical therapy, etc., ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS is available.
The fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a plant, enclosing the seed or seeds.
State-provided health insurance marketplaces established under the PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
Exercise of governmental authority to control conduct.
Combination of procedures, methods, and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population.
The physical condition of human reproductive systems.
A systematic statement of policy rules or principles. Guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, professional societies, governing boards, or by convening expert panels. The text may be cursive or in outline form but is generally a comprehensive guide to problems and approaches in any field of activity. For guidelines in the field of health care and clinical medicine, PRACTICE GUIDELINES AS TOPIC is available.
An interactive process whereby members of a community are concerned for the equality and rights of all.
Reducing staff to cut costs or to achieve greater efficiency.
Support systems that provide assistance and encouragement to individuals with physical or emotional disabilities in order that they may better cope. Informal social support is usually provided by friends, relatives, or peers, while formal assistance is provided by churches, groups, etc.
Arrangements negotiated between a third-party payer (often a self-insured company or union trust fund) and a group of health-care providers (hospitals and physicians) who furnish services at lower than usual fees, and, in return, receive prompt payment and an expectation of an increased volume of patients.
A stratum of people with similar position and prestige; includes social stratification. Social class is measured by criteria such as education, occupation, and income.
Reductions in all or any portion of the costs of providing goods or services. Savings may be incurred by the provider or the consumer.
Pathological conditions involving the CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM including the HEART; the BLOOD VESSELS; or the PERICARDIUM.
Live microbial DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS which beneficially affect the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance. Antibiotics and other related compounds are not included in this definition. In humans, lactobacilli are commonly used as probiotics, either as single species or in mixed culture with other bacteria. Other genera that have been used are bifidobacteria and streptococci. (J. Nutr. 1995;125:1401-12)
A plan for collecting and utilizing data so that desired information can be obtained with sufficient precision or so that an hypothesis can be tested properly.
Method of charging whereby a physician or other practitioner bills for each encounter or service rendered. In addition to physicians, other health care professionals are reimbursed via this mechanism. Fee-for-service plans contrast with salary, per capita, and prepayment systems, where the payment does not change with the number of services actually used or if none are used. (From Discursive Dictionary of Health Care, 1976)
Smallest political subdivisions within a country at which general governmental functions are carried-out.
New abnormal growth of tissue. Malignant neoplasms show a greater degree of anaplasia and have the properties of invasion and metastasis, compared to benign neoplasms.
Elements of residence that characterize a population. They are applicable in determining need for and utilization of health services.
Studies used to test etiologic hypotheses in which inferences about an exposure to putative causal factors are derived from data relating to characteristics of persons under study or to events or experiences in their past. The essential feature is that some of the persons under study have the disease or outcome of interest and their characteristics are compared with those of unaffected persons.
An approach of practicing medicine with the goal to improve and evaluate patient care. It requires the judicious integration of best research evidence with the patient's values to make decisions about medical care. This method is to help physicians make proper diagnosis, devise best testing plan, choose best treatment and methods of disease prevention, as well as develop guidelines for large groups of patients with the same disease. (from JAMA 296 (9), 2006)
Evaluation procedures that focus on both the outcome or status (OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT) of the patient at the end of an episode of care - presence of symptoms, level of activity, and mortality; and the process (ASSESSMENT, PROCESS) - what is done for the patient diagnostically and therapeutically.
An increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods resulting in a substantial and continuing rise in the general price level.
Services for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the aged and the maintenance of health in the elderly.

Explaining the decline in health insurance coverage, 1979-1995. (1/623)

The decline in health insurance coverage among workers from 1979 to 1995 can be accounted for almost entirely by the fact that per capita health care spending rose much more rapidly than personal income during this time period. We simulate health insurance coverage levels for 1996-2005 under alternative assumptions concerning the rate of growth of spending. We conclude that reduction in spending growth creates measurable increases in health insurance coverage for low-income workers and that the rapid increase in health care spending over the past fifteen years has created a large pool of low-income workers for whom health insurance is unaffordable.  (+info)

Behavioral health benefits in employer-sponsored health plans, 1997. (2/623)

Data for 1997 show that three-quarters or more of employer-sponsored health plans continue to place greater restrictions on behavioral health coverage than on general medical coverage. The nature of these restrictions varies by plan type. Some improvement in the treatment of mental health/substance abuse (MH/SA) benefits in employer plans may be occurring, however. Comparisons with data from 1996 show that the proportion of plans with benefits for "alternative" types of MH/SA services, such as nonhospital residential care, has increased. Further, the proportion with special limitations on these benefits shows a modest decrease.  (+info)

Raising the bar: the use of performance guarantees by the Pacific Business Group on Health. (3/623)

In 1996 the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) negotiated more than two dozen performance guarantees with thirteen of California's largest health maintenance organizations (HMOs) on behalf the seventeen large employers in its Negotiating Alliance. The negotiations put more than $8 million at risk for meeting performance targets with the goal of improving the performance of all health plans. Nearly $2 million, or 23 percent of the premium at risk, was refunded to the PBGH by the HMOs for missed targets. The majority of plans met their targets for satisfaction with the health plan and physicians, as well as cesarean section, mammography, Pap smear, and prenatal care rates. However, eight of the thirteen plans missed their targets for childhood immunizations, refunding 86 percent of the premium at risk.  (+info)

Cost of tax-exempt health benefits in 1998. (4/623)

The tax expenditure for health benefits is the amount of revenues that the federal government forgoes by exempting the following from the federal income and Social Security taxes: (1) employer health benefits contribution, (2) health spending under flexible spending plans, and (3) the tax deduction for health expenses. The health tax expenditure was $111.2 billion in 1998. This figure varied from $2,357 per family among those with annual incomes of $100,000 or more to $71 per family among those with annual incomes of less than $15,000. Families with incomes of $100,000 or more (10 percent of the population) accounted for 23.6 percent of all tax expenditures.  (+info)

Why are workers uninsured? Employer-sponsored health insurance in 1997. (5/623)

This study examines the number of workers in firms offering employee health plans, the number of workers eligible for such plans, and participation in employer-sponsored insurance. Data from the February 1997 Contingent Worker Supplement to the Current Population Survey indicate that 10.1 million workers are employed by firms offering insurance but are not eligible. Not all of these workers are eligible for coverage, most often because of hours of work. Our results indicate that 11.4 million workers rejected coverage when it was offered. Of those, 2.5 million workers were uninsured. Workers cited high cost of insurance most often as the primary factor for refusing coverage.  (+info)

Employer's willingness to pay: the case for compulsory health insurance in Tanzania. (6/623)

This article documents employers' expenditure on the arrangements for the health care of their employees in one of the least developed countries; Tanzania. The case for compulsory health insurance is considered in the light of the fact that only 3% of the population is employed in the formal sector and could be covered at first. It is shown from a survey of larger employers, outside government, that they were spending on average 11% of payroll on health care for their employees. This demonstrated their lack of satisfaction with the government health services. Nevertheless, those who could readily be covered by insurance were making considerable use of the more expensive government hospital services. It is argued that a compulsory health insurance scheme could be introduced for the formal sector of employment which would cover a wider range of health services at lower cost. The scheme would also have the desirable economic effect of lowering employers' labour costs while making it possible to improve the standards of the government health services.  (+info)

Changes in benefit payments and health insurance premiums among firms switching health insurance carriers. (7/623)

Employer-purchased group health insurance is a major source of funding in the US healthcare system, accounting for approximately one third of each healthcare dollar spent. Surprisingly, little is known about employers' behavior in purchasing health insurance or the circumstances leading employers to switch health insurance carriers. We descriptively analyzed data for a cohort of 95 insured groups between 1985 and 1991 to determine the frequency with which employers switch health insurance carriers and the growth pattern in premiums and benefit payments before the switch was made. Thirty-seven percent of groups switched carriers during the study period, with at least five groups switching each year from 1987 through 1991. The groups that switched insurance carriers experienced higher average annual rates of growth in benefit payments than those that did not switch (18% versus 11%). Groups that switched did not have significantly higher observed premium growth rates than those that did not switch, suggesting that employers decided to switch insurers before absorbing an increase in premiums. However, some firms that switched experienced below average increases in both benefit payments and premiums, indicating that premiums and anticipated premium increases are not solely responsible for the decision to switch health insurance carriers.  (+info)

Does competition by health maintenance organizations affect the adoption of cost-containment measures by fee-for-service plans? (8/623)

How groups insured by fee-for-service health plans react to increased competition from health maintenance organizations (HMOs) is an unresolved question. We investigated whether groups insured by indemnity plans respond to HMO market competition by changing selected health insurance features, such as deductible amounts, stop loss levels, and coinsurance rates, or by adopting utilization management or preferred provider organization (PPO) benefit options. We collected benefit design data for the years 1985 through 1992 from 95 insured groups in 62 US metropolitan statistical areas. Multivariate hazard analysis showed that groups located in markets with higher rates of change in HMO enrollment were less likely to increase deductibles or stop loss levels. Groups located in markets with higher HMO enrollment were more likely to adopt utilization management or PPO benefit options. A group located in a market with an HMO penetration rate of 20% was 65% more likely to have included a PPO option as part of its insurance benefit plan than a group located in a market with an HMO penetration rate of 15% (p < 0.05). Concern about possible adverse selection effects may deter some fee-for-service groups from changing their health insurance coverage. Under some conditions, however, groups insured under fee-for-service plans do respond to managed care competition by changing their insurance benefits to achieve greater cost containment.  (+info)

The rate of employment-based health insurance coverage declined from 64.4 percent in 1997 to 56.5 percent in 2010, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, Employment-Based Health Insurance: 2010.
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Adults started to realize gains in employment-based health insurance between 1997 and 1998. Between 1994 and 1997, the percentage of working adults with employment-based health insurance coverage held steady at roughly 72.3 percent. During this period, health care cost inflation was essentially nonexistent. However, between 1997 and 1998, the percentage of working adults with employment-based health insurance increased from 72.2 percent to 72.8 percent, despite the apparent return of health care cost inflation in 1998. It is likely that the changing composition of the labor force accounted for some of the increase in employment-based coverage ...
Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Employee benefits administration company, Clarity Benefit Solutions, discusses trending employee benefits for 2018.
Non-elderly adults have not been so fortunate. Those between ages 18 and 64 experienced a 4.6 percentage-point increase in the share uninsured from 2000 to 2012. Unlike children, their ESI losses were not fully offset by increasing public coverage.. For young adults, health reform played a key role in preventing a decline in workplace coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes provisions that allow young adults up to age 26 to secure health insurance coverage through their parents employer-sponsored health insurance policies. Looking closely at changes in employer-sponsored insurance since the young adult provision took effect in mid-2010, it is clear that young adults are benefiting.. Figure E illustrates the change in employer-sponsored health insurance and the change in employment rates by age group from 2009 and 2012. Young adults, ages 19-25, are the only age group to see increases in employer-sponsored health insurance since 2009. One explanation for this outcome ...
Employment-based health benefit programs have existed in the United States for more than 100 years. In the 1870s, for example, railroad, mining, and other industries began to provide the services of company doctors to workers. In 1910, Montgomery Ward entered into one of the earliest group insurance contracts. Prior to World War II, few Americans had health insurance, and most policies covered only hospital room, board, and ancillary services. During World War II, the number of persons with employment-based health insurance coverage started to increase for several reasons. When wages were frozen by the National War Labor Board and a shortage of workers occurred, employers sought ways to get around the wage controls in order to attract scarce workers, and offering health insurance was one option. Health insurance was an attractive means to recruit and retain workers during a labor shortage for two reasons: Unions supported employment-based health insurance, and workers health benefits were not ...
|p title=temporary paragraph, click here to add a new paragraph|October 21, 2011 ( - Since 1995, the percentage of workers both with and without health insurance coverage has tracked closely with the unemployment rate, according to a new analysis of monthly data by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).|!--EndFragment--| |/p|
Workplace stress, sickness absence management and the cost of healthcare benefits have been major concerns for employers in the past year.. Employee Benefits has perused the past years health and wellbeing research to pull out the top issues that employers and employees are facing around workplace health.. Mounting workplace stress, absence management and the affordability of healthcare benefits have been some of the biggest concerns in 2012 and early 2013.. The Employee Benefits/Cigna UK HB Healthcare research 2012, published in June 2012, found that employers were putting the squeeze on providers and brokers to get a better deal. Some 40% of respondents reviewed their healthcare benefits providers for this reason, 39% rebroked their insurance benefits and 24% reviewed the fees or commission they paid to brokers, advisers or providers.. Laing and Buisson, which published its annual report, Health cover UK market report 2012, in August 2012, also found that employers were determined to get the ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Antidepressant medication management and health plan employer data information set (HEDIS) criteria. T2 - Reasons for nonadherence. AU - Kobak, Kenneth A.. AU - Taylor, Leslie V.H.. AU - Katzelnick, David J.. AU - Olson, Nevin. AU - Clagnaz, Peter. AU - Henk, Henry J.. PY - 2002/8. Y1 - 2002/8. N2 - Background: While nationwide data have found that many patients do not meet the National Committee for Quality Assurance uniform standards for successful antidepressant treatment, reasons for this failure are not well understood. We examined the reasons for this failure through a systematic chart review. Method: A chart review was conducted on a random sample of 249 health maintenance organization patients who failed 1 or more of the 3 Health Plan Employer Data Information Set criteria (i.e., 3 follow-up visits or adequate duration of acute or continuation phase treatment). Results: The most common reason for visits failure (N = 192) was that the patient restarted a previously ...
Disengaged workers could cost UK businesses £44 billion in lost productivity according to Nita Clarke, deputy chair of the UK Governments Review on Employee Engagement.. Addressing delegates in the opening session of Employee Benefits Summit, held in Monte Carlo, Clarke, who is the co-author of the MacLeod review on employee engagement, urged employers to unlock employees potential at work by ensuring they are engaged.. Clarke, who is also director of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA), said: The world of work has changed. The new generations of workers are not simply prepared to live on command and control. They have different expectations and are not prepared to hang their brains on the door when they come to work.. She argued that employers with engaged workforces were more profitable, highlighting that between 2000 and 2005 the stock market performance of The Times 100 best companies was ten times higher than that of FTSE 100 firms collectively.. Engagement, said ...
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ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 21, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Suzannah Gill has joined the firms Employee Benefits Consulting team in Atlanta. - News from EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, issued by Send2Press Newswire
This week, the headlines have been filled with angst over the increase in premium prices for 2017 insurance plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act. Here in the Golden State, premiums for Covered California plans are increasing an average of 13.2 percent.. But nationwide, most people get their insurance through their jobs, not through a state or federal exchange, and prices in the employer-sponsored insurance market tell a different story.. A new report from the Commonwealth Fund finds that if youre a single person in California and you get your health plan through your job, your health insurance costs have increased at a much slower pace in the five years after the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, compared with the five years before it.. Consider this: In California between 2006 and 2010, single employees contributions to their premiums increased an average of about 12 percent each year. But between 2010 and 2015, employees share of their premiums increased by an average of ...
Employee Benefit Plans: In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ( FASB ) issued SFAS No. 158, Employers Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans ( SFAS No. 158 ). SFAS No. 158 requires us to measure plan assets and benefit obligations as of the balance sheet date beginning in 2008. We previously measured our non-U.S. pension plans (other than certain Canadian and French pension plans) at September 30 of each year. On December 31, 2008, we recorded an after-tax decrease of $8 million to retained earnings using the 15-month approach to proportionally allocate the transition adjustment required upon adoption of the measurement provision of SFAS No. 158. The plan assets and benefit obligations of our pension plans and the benefit obligations of our postretirement plans are now all measured at year-end. We provide a range of benefits to our employees and retired employees. These include pension plans, postretirement health care benefits and ... is for people and companies involved in providing employer-sponsored employee benefit plans, including for-profit, non-profit and governmental plan sponsors, whether or not regulated by ERISA.
Amy Gordon, Jeffrey Holdvogt, Susan Nash and Mary Samsa wrote this bylined article on health system employee benefit opportunities and challenges in 2017. The a
Health insurance premiums have risen rapidly, straining the pocketbooks of American families and businesses for more than a decade. Since 1999, the cost of coverage for a family of four has climbed 131 percent. These increases have forced families and employers to spend more money, often for less coverage. Many times, insurance companies have been able to raise rates without explaining their actions to regulators or the public or justifying the reasons for their high premiums. In most cases, consumers receive little or no information about proposed premium increases, andarent told why companies want to raise rates.
Employer-paid premiums for health insurance are exempt from federal income and payroll taxes. Additionally, the portion of premiums paid by employees is typically excluded from...
For the 14th straight year, the average cost of job-based family health insurance grew faster than overall inflation and employee wages, according to a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 businesses released on Tuesday.
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As employee benefit budgets remain tight, employers are adopting plan design changes that reduce drug benefit coverage and improve pricing according to findings from the 2011-2012 Prescription Drug Benefit Cost and Plan Design Report published by the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI). The 2011 survey was completed by 274 employers and other plans representing…
Employee Benefit Options Guide Plan Year 2012 January 1 through December 31, 2012 Health Dental Life Vision or State Bird, Scissortailed Flycatcher State Animal, Buffalo State Wild Flower, Indian Blanket State Reptile, Mountain Boomer Update to Printed Version of This Guide Update to the HMO ZIP Code List on pages 13 and 15: CommunityCare HMO is available in ZIP Code areas 73141 and 74464. Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board A Division of the Office of State Finance Monthly Premiums for Current Employees Plan Year January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012 HEALTH PLANS MEMBER SPOUSE CHILD CHILDREN HealthChoice High $$449.48 $$ 668.10 $$228.20 $$352.08 HealthChoice High Alternative $$449.48 $$ 668.10 $$228.20 $$352.08 HealthChoice Basic $$391.64 $$ 571.84 $$201.82 $$310.80 HealthChoice Basic Alternative $$391.64 $$ 571.84 $$201.82 $$310.80 HealthChoice S-Account $$382.56 $$ 542.52 $$190.18 $$291.90 HealthChoice USA $$688.82 $$ 688.82 ...
Employee Benefit Options Guide Plan Year 2012 January 1 through December 31, 2012 Health Dental Life Vision or State Bird, Scissortailed Flycatcher State Animal, Buffalo State Wild Flower, Indian Blanket State Reptile, Mountain Boomer Update to Printed Version of This Guide Update to the HMO ZIP Code List on pages 13 and 15: CommunityCare HMO is available in ZIP Code areas 73141 and 74464. Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board A Division of the Office of State Finance Monthly Premiums for Current Employees Plan Year January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012 HEALTH PLANS MEMBER SPOUSE CHILD CHILDREN HealthChoice High $$449.48 $$ 668.10 $$228.20 $$352.08 HealthChoice High Alternative $$449.48 $$ 668.10 $$228.20 $$352.08 HealthChoice Basic $$391.64 $$ 571.84 $$201.82 $$310.80 HealthChoice Basic Alternative $$391.64 $$ 571.84 $$201.82 $$310.80 HealthChoice S-Account $$382.56 $$ 542.52 $$190.18 $$291.90 HealthChoice USA $$688.82 $$ 688.82 ...
Employee Benefit Options Guide Plan Year 2012 January 1 through December 31, 2012 Health Dental Life Vision or State Bird, Scissortailed Flycatcher State Animal, Buffalo State Wild Flower, Indian Blanket State Reptile, Mountain Boomer Update to Printed Version of This Guide Update to the HMO ZIP Code List on pages 13 and 15: CommunityCare HMO is available in ZIP Code areas 73141 and 74464. Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board A Division of the Office of State Finance Monthly Premiums for Current Employees Plan Year January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012 HEALTH PLANS MEMBER SPOUSE CHILD CHILDREN HealthChoice High $$449.48 $$ 668.10 $$228.20 $$352.08 HealthChoice High Alternative $$449.48 $$ 668.10 $$228.20 $$352.08 HealthChoice Basic $$391.64 $$ 571.84 $$201.82 $$310.80 HealthChoice Basic Alternative $$391.64 $$ 571.84 $$201.82 $$310.80 HealthChoice S-Account $$382.56 $$ 542.52 $$190.18 $$291.90 HealthChoice USA $$688.82 $$ 688.82 ...
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This Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One provision of health reform for which we see immediate and positive effects is the stipulation allowing young adults up to age 26 to stay on or join their parents employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) policies.. The figure below compares changes in employment rates and health insurance rates for various age groups. Young adults did not fare well in the job market from 2009-10; their employment rate fell further than any other age group. Given the close relationship between labor market outcomes and employer-sponsored insurance, we would expect declines in coverage for all groups. Instead, ESI actually increased among young adults. It rose particularly dramatically among those who received health care coverage through a family members policy, most likely that of a parents.. ... is the leading source of employee benefits news, trends, opinions, and sales tips for benefit brokers, managers, and retirement advisors. is the leading source of employee benefits news, trends, opinions, and sales tips for benefit brokers, managers, and retirement advisors.
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Mixed reaction to Toronto eaterys surcharge for employee health benefits TORONTO - Increasingly tight profit margins have restaurant owners seeking creative ways to compensate staff, but one Toronto eaterys small surcharge to help pay for health and dental benefits has customers split.. The owners of Emmas Country Kitchen recently announced they would include an optional three per cent surcharge on customers cheques to go toward benefits for full-time workers. They argued the fee - which would amount to less than 50 cents on the average bill - would be more transparent than raising prices.. Instead of taking responsibility they are just downloading it to their customers, Karen Hanna wrote on the restaurants Facebook page, while Jeff Herrle countered, Wow, truly remarkable commitment to a laudable ideal … and for this to happen in a time when many employers are contributing to the problem of precarious work under the auspices of savings and competitiveness. Well done!!!. Server ...
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) (Pub.L. 93-406, 88 Stat. 829, enacted September 2, 1974, codified in part at 29 U.S.C. ch. 18) is a federal United States tax and labor law that establishes minimum standards for pension plans in private industry. It contains rules on the federal income tax effects of transactions associated with employee benefit plans. ERISA was enacted to protect the interests of employee benefit plan participants and their beneficiaries by: Requiring the disclosure of financial and other information concerning the plan to beneficiaries; Establishing standards of conduct for plan fiduciaries; Providing for appropriate remedies and access to the federal courts. ERISA is sometimes used to refer to the full body of laws that regulate employee benefit plans, which are mainly in the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA itself. Responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of ERISA is divided among the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury ...
To Amend Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to Modernize Such Title and Such Code to Take Into Account the Evolution of Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans. by United States Congress House of Represen, 9781240969685, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
Legal definition of Employee Retirement Income Security Act: provided for the regulation of private pension plans. The law stipulated capitalization, membership, and operating requirements and altered vestment formulas to include, for example, mandatory employee vestment after a certain period of time. The law also required pension-fund operators to make periodic reports on the conditions and activities of the fund. Oversight of the Acts provisions was assigned to the newly created Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The law also provided for regulation of employee welfare benefit plans, such as group health plans, disability insurance plans, or other plans, funds, or programs benefiting employees. Provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA), codified at 29 U.S.C. § 1161 et seq., provide for continuation of ERISA benefits under such a plan to eligible employees upon termination of employment..
We are proud to report yet another success story on behalf of a client whose long-term disability benefits were wrongfully denied. This long-term disability claim, governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and insured by Hartford, has now been approved through our efforts. Ms. P suffered from several conditions, including Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Migraines. She was…. ...
ERISA Primer. 1. INTRODUCTION. This is an introduction to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the law affecting employee benefits plans. 29 USC CHAPTER 18 (ERISA). Health care professionals and employees should have a basic understanding of ERISA fundamentals to understand and hopefully avoid, claims of negligent or wrongful administration of employee benefits. It will discuss the interrelationship between ERISA and various state laws relating to claims over employee benefits. It will cover the basic claims employees may make under ERISA and defenses to those claims, with an emphasis on claims avoidance and documentation. ERISA is a complex statute and this section is intended to provide a brief overview of the law, rather than a complete reference.. 2. DEFINITION OF AN EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN. Under ERISA, employee benefits plans include: 1) employee pension benefits plans, and; 2) employee welfare benefits plans. ERISA covers every employee benefit plan unless there is ...
Last fall, EBRI surveyed a cross-section of large employers to better understand their attitudes towards employment-based health benefits and the overall health care financing and delivery system. Benefit directors and vice presidents of human resources were included in the interviews, as was one chief financial officer. Collectively, these employers covered more than 650,000 workers. Combined employer/worker health benefits spending for these employers totaled over $4 billion in 2006. When asked what would cause an employer to stop offering health benefits, the employers provided mixed responses. They say the elimination of the employer tax deduction; movement to a universal system; and erosion and/or elimination of the federal pre-emption of state insurance regulation as provided by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) could mean the end of large employer self-funded employment-based health benefits as we know them. They also said that, if other employers dropped ...
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger Civil Action No. 15-cv-01651-MSK-KMT JULIE CHEN, Plaintiff, v. CENTURYLINK, as Sponsor and Administrator of the CenturyLink Employee Benefit Plan, Defendant. OPINION AND ORDER THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff, Julie Chens, request for judicial review of the decision made by the Defendant, CenturyLink, denying her long-term disability benefits under its Employee Benefit Plan. The Administrative Record (AR) is found at # 26, 27, 28, 29. Briefing on the Record is complete (# 34, 35, 36). I. Jurisdiction CenturyLinks Employee Benefit Plan is governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. § 1131, et seq. Section 1132 permits a person denied benefits under an employee benefit plan to challenge the denial in federal court. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Glenn, 554 U.S. 105, 108 (2008). The Court exercises jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ...
a) One-Year Extension of Authority- Subsection (a) of section 2808 of the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (division B of Public Law 108-136; 117 Stat. 1723), as amended by section 2810 of the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (division B of Public Law 108-375; 118 Stat. 2128), section 2809 of the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (division B of Public Law 109-163; 119 Stat. 3508), section 2802 of the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (division B of Public Law 109-364; 120 Stat. 2466), and section 2801 of the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (division B of Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 538), is further amended ...
H.R. 2578. To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the National Labor Relations Act to protect the health benefits of retirees, and for other purposes. In, a database of bills in the U.S. Congress.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has begun a review of its policy concerning the application of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to employer-sponsored retiree health benefit plans, such as those offering extended health care coverage in the form of a Medicare bridge (coverage until Medicare eligibility at age 65). That policy had provided that retiree health plans that are reduced or eliminated on the basis of age or Medicare-eligibility violate the ADEA.. The announcement came in the form of an official rescission of portions of the Commissions Compliance Manual Chapter on Employee Benefits that discuss the application of the ADEA to retiree health plans. The rescission was approved on August 17 by a unanimous vote of the Commission.. Explaining the decision to rescind and review the policy, the Commissions new Chair, Cari M. Dominguez, said: The Commission has heard from a wide range of stakeholders including ...
Sep 23, 2008. H.R. 6983 (110th). To amend section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans, and for other purposes. In, a database of bills in the U.S. Congress.
At a time when the number of employers planning to re-evaluate their long-term retiree health strategies is at an all-time high, a new survey by Aon Hewitt underscores the value and significant savings opportunities that retiree health exchanges can offer both plan sponsors and retirees.. A new Aon Hewitt survey of 550 companies covering almost 4 million retirees shows more than 60 percent of employers are reassessing their long-term retiree health strategy in response to rising health care costs and mandated changes from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Approximately 20 percent of employers currently offer guided access to the individual Medicare retiree plan market through an individual health exchange and another two-thirds are considering this strategy for the future. According to Aon Hewitt, employers can potentially reduce their gross retiree medical spend by 20 to 50 percent per year by transitioning retirees to this type of model.. The economics of providing ...
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Annual Review of Plans Funded Status. This measure requires the administrator of each defined benefit retirement plan for current employees to obtain an independent review of the plans assets and liabilities and determine the plans funding status each year. This independent review would have to follow potentially stricter standards than those currently used by Californias defined benefit public pension systems-specifically, the accounting standards and assumptions established by federal law for private-sector pension plans, including those established by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). If the independent review determines that a plans assets cover less than 80 percent of its liabilities, based on the standards included in the measure, the plan would be considered at risk. Once a plan is considered at risk, the public employer would be required to either (1) appropriate the funds necessary to fund the plan above the at-risk level or (2) find and declare that ...
This report focuses on the annual defense authorization process. It includes discussions of pay raises, insurance, social programs, and other personnel policy issues.
Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62% between 2003 and 2011, from $9,249 to $15,022 per year, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The report, which tracks state trends in employer health insurance coverage, finds that health insurance costs rose far faster than incomes in all states. Workers also are paying more out-of-pocket as employee payments for their share of health insurance premiums and deductibles have more than doubled. The report, State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003-2011: Eroding Protection and Rising Costs Underscore Need for Action, finds that total health insurance premiums now amount to 20% or more of annual median family incomes in 35 states, affecting 80% of the US working-age population. In 2011, average annual premiums for family plans ranged from about $12,400 to $13,500 in the lowest-cost states to more than $15,000 a year in 21 states. Premiums averaged from $16,000 to nearly $17,000 in Delaware, Alaska, ...
Claiming long-term disability through ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) requires the support your doctor or even the best ERISA disability attorney at law in Arkansas will have a hard time winning your case.
In Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association the Supreme Court will decide whether states attempts to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) drug-reimbursement rates are preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).. PBMs are an intermediary between health plans and pharmacies. Among other things, they set reimbursement rates to pharmacies dispensing generic drugs. Contracts between PBMs and pharmacies create pharmacy networks. According to the Eighth Circuit, [b]ased upon these contracts and in order to participate in a preferred network, some pharmacies choose to accept lower reimbursements for dispensed prescriptions. So, in some instance pharmacies lose money.. Arkansas passed a law requiring that pharmacies be reimbursed for generic drugs at a price equal to or higher than the pharmacies cost for the drug based on the invoice from the wholesaler.. ...
November is Mens Health Awareness Month and the Movember Foundation uses the month to bring awareness to and support of those tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide. June is Mens Health Month; the purpose is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The following are recommendations that are supported by evidence from scholarly journals and professional organizations and associations to improve mens health.. Throughout the world, women live longer than men, although this gap varies tremendously in less developed countries. According to the CIA World Factbook, in the United States, average longevity for women is 82.2 years for women and 77.2 years for men, a five-year gap. Many men have the mentality of if it isnt broke, dont fix it so if they cannot see or feel an external stimulus, they will think there is nothing ever wrong. A majority of men are just not aware of ...
Market-based Reforms. Rather than raise taxes or cut benefits, states could follow the lead of private-sector employers by moving their Medicaid programs in the direction of defined contributions. Each beneficiary would get a voucher worth a specific dollar amount, and then could use that voucher to choose, from a range of state-approved health plans, the coverage that best fits their individual needs. As a model, states should look to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which currently provides nine million federal employees with a choice of 188 private health plans.. Vermont took a step in this direction last year. The legislature authorized a demonstration project that would allow some beneficiaries to purchase private health insurance policies with the funds they otherwise would be eligible for through the traditional Medicaid program. The state would cover all or some portion of the insurance premiums, based on a beneficiarys income, and beneficiaries would also receive vouchers ...
A In 1974, after careful study of private retirement pension plans, Congress enacted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 88 Stat. 829, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. Among the principal purposes of this comprehensive and reticulated statute was to ensure that employees and their beneficiaries would not be deprived of anticipated retirement benefits by the termination of pension plans before sufficient funds have been accumulated in the plans. Nachman Corp. v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 446 U. S. 359, 446 U. S. 361-362, 446 U. S. 374-375 (1980). See Alessi v. Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc., 451 U. S. 504, 451 U. S. 510-511 (1981). Congress wanted to guarantee that,. if a worker has been promised a defined pension benefit upon retirement -- and if he has fulfilled whatever conditions are required to obtain a vested benefit -- he actually will receive it.. Nachman, supra, at 446 U. S. 375; Alessi, supra, at 451 U. S. 510.. Toward this end, Title IV of ERISA, 29 U.S.C. § 1301 et ...
Impact of Potential Changes to ERISA:Litigation and Appeal Experience of CalPERS, Other Large Public Employers and a Large California Health PlanJune 1998By Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P.Sandra Hunt, M.P.A.John Saari, M.A.A.A.Kelly Traw, J.D.BackgroundThe Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) currently preempts state law related to the wrongful denial or delay of…. Report Read More ...
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School districts face growing cost pressure related to the health benefits they provide for their retired employees. The first section of this post explains how districts structure their retiree health benefits, and the second section analyzes historical spending levels and future liabilities. We find that the unfunded liability-the total future cost of providing the retiree health benefits that employees have already earned, after subtracting the funds already set aside to cover those benefits-is about $24 billion across all districts. Some districts have taken steps to reduce their future costs, such as requiring employees to work longer before qualifying for these benefits. A few districts also are beginning to set aside additional funds now to cover future retiree health benefits, a practice that could yield significant long-term savings.
The U.S. Supreme Court justices are grappling with the question of whether pension plans maintained by religiously affiliated organizations-such as plans offered by some hospitals and schools-are exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ER
The Department of Labor (Department) in this document proposes amendments to the ``Investment duties regulation under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), to confirm that ERISA requires plan fiduciaries to select investments and investment courses...
NCSLs compilation of state employee health benefits, insurance costs, premium rates and links to state agencies.Includes changes over the past decade and recent expert studies.
Archived News Release - Caution: Information may be out of date.. Washington - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposed regulation for assessing civil penalties against plan administrators who fail to disclose certain documents to participants, beneficiaries and others as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, as amended by the Pension Protection Act (PPA).. The PPA established new disclosure provisions relating to: funding-based limits on benefit accruals and certain forms of benefit distributions; plan actuarial and financial reports; withdrawal liability of contributing employers; and participants rights and obligations under automatic contribution arrangements. The PPA gives the department authority to assess civil monetary penalties of up to $1,000 per day against plan administrators for violations of the new disclosure requirements. The proposed regulation sets forth the administrative procedures for assessing and contesting such penalties and does not ...
Many employers are likely to redesign the fastest growing group health plan design - high-deductible plans linked to health savings accounts - in the wake of forthcoming Internal Revenue Service regulations.. Those rules will deal with one of the last areas of the 2010 health care reform law to take effect: the Cadillac tax that will impose a 40% excise tax on group health plan premiums that exceed $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for family coverage in 2018.. Third-party claims administrators will pay the excise tax for self-funded employers. Insurers will pay the tax for fully insured employers. TPAs and insurers are expected to seek reimbursement from employers.. The specter of that tax, which a 2014 Towers Watson & Co. survey found could hit nearly half of employers, has helped fuel employer interest in replacing traditional health plans with much less costly HSA-linked high-deductible plans, also known as consumer-driven health plans.. Employees can make pretax contributions, with ...
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Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash) supported passage of H.R. 4546, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003. The bill, which provides approximately $393 billion for the nations defense programs, was approved by voice vote. It now awaits Senate action before being sent to the president for his approval. Last month, Smith, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted to instruct conferees on the bill to agree to Senate language providing full concurrent receipt for veterans, reinforcing the nations commitment to veterans. Unfortunately, some of the presidents senior advisors had pledged to recommend that he veto the defense authorization measure if either more complete concurrent receipt provisions from the House and Senate had been included in the final bill. The Defense Authorization bill greatly improves the quality of life for our men and women in uniform. The bill provides a 4.1 percent military pay raise, with larger pay increases for mid-grade and senior ...
Joseph Rackman has been an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) practitioner since the legislation was adopted in 1974 and has extensive merger and acquisition benefits experience.
If you are an eligible retiree who has filed a retirement application with the state, you will be given the option to enroll in the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) retired group health insurance. Included in your SHBP retired group health insurance enrollment packet will be instructions on enrolling in the Retiree Wellness Program, including a Pledge for Healthier Living and other program requirements. The Pledge for Healthier Living must be signed and returned to the state Retiree Wellness Program Coordinator within 3 weeks of receipt in order to enroll in the Retiree Wellness Program.. Those who retire on or after July 1, 2007, and are eligible for retired group health insurance after attaining 25 years of pension credited service (or retire on a disability retirement on or after August 1, 2007) will be given the option to enroll in the Retiree Wellness Program. If you decline enrollment in the Retiree Wellness Program, you will be required to pay 1.5% of your monthly retirement benefit ...
The commission recommended that the state use funds from its 1998 settlement with tobacco companies, beginning with $70 million in 2009 and increasing that amount to $263 million over five years. In addition, after the state pays off its pension costs in 2026, lawmakers should allocate the estimated $1 billion that was used to pay for pensions to retiree health care, the report said. The commission also recommended using at least half of future state budget surpluses toward retiree health coverage.. State lawmakers said that they might have to cut other programs or reduce benefits for future retirees to fund retiree health care. State Sen. Steven Panagiotakos (D), a commission member and the state Senates budget chief, said, Its going to make the prioritization and choices even more difficult as we go forward, about what to keep and what to cut. State Rep. Jay Kaufman (D), co-chair of the commission, said the report had at least tackled the challenge of beginning to address how we are going ...
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Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) appeared on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” to respond to the on-demand abortions found in Obamacare exchange healthcare plans in spite of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion. “The president made a promise that he would adhere to the Hyde principle, and that means that you do not fund even a plan that includes abortion,” said the Representative. Federal funding of Obamacare for healthcare plans that include abortions overrides the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), an amendment that Smith helped pass in 1983. FEHB states that the Office of ...
Why small businesses are canceling group health insurance and the impact of health care reform on small businesses:…
Employers expect average total costs for active employees to reach $12,136 in 2013, up 5.1 percent from 2012 - the lowest cost increase in 15 years, according to the annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Healthcare. Employees contribute 42 percent more for health care than they did five years ago, despite relatively moderate cost increases in the past few years, according to the report. Employers increased their contribution by 32 percent. The total employee cost share, including premiums . . .
2001 Retiree Health and Prescription Drug Coverage Survey This survey, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, and HRET, profiles retiree health coverage for Medicare-age (65+) retirees, including the amount retirees pay for coverage compared to active workers, cost-sharing for prescription drugs, and eligibility requirements for retiree benefits. The survey is based on|span class=readmore-ellipsis|…|/span||a href= class=see-more light-beige no-float inline-readmore|More|/a||/p|
The most widely used measure of employer health care costs, the health insurance component of the Employment Cost Index, indicates that cost growth has decelerated since 1989. In recent years employer expenditures per hour worked have even declined in nominal dollars. This paper analyzes the components of changes in employers health care costs over the 1992-94 and 1987-93 periods. We find that employer costs have decreased primarily as a result of a steady decrease in the fraction of workers with coverage and a large decrease in the rate of growth of insurance premiums. We conclude that the shift to managed care does not appear to be directly responsible for significant cost savings because managed care premiums are almost as high as those for fee-for-service plans, on average. Finally, we note that there is a significant need for improved data collection in this area. ...
May Assets in health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), two relatively new employment-based health benefit plan options , have grown in recent years and totaled $7.
Paid quarantine leave. Requires public and private employers to provide eligible employees paid quarantine leave. The bill provides that such paid quarantine leave is available for immediate use by the employee, regardless of how long the employee has been employed by the employer. The bill provides that such paid quarantine leave may be used for (i) an eligible employees illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; an eligible employees need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of an illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; or an eligible employees need for preventive medical care related to the COVID-19 virus; (ii) care of a family member with an illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; care of a family member who needs medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness or health condition related to the COVID-19 virus; or care of a family member who needs preventive medical care related to the COVID-19 virus; or (iii) or
Reproductive health services. Requires health benefit plans to cover the costs of specified health care services, drugs, devices, products, and procedures related to reproductive health. The health benefit plan requirements become effective when a plan is delivered, issued for delivery, reissued, or extended in the Commonwealth on and after January 1, 2021, or at any time thereafter when any term of the health benefit plan is changed or any premium adjustment is made. The measure also requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of the costs of a reproductive health care program providing reimbursement for medically necessary reproductive health care services, drugs, devices, products, and procedures for eligible individuals.
Submission to the Department of Health - Options to reduce pressure on private health insurance premiums by addressing the growth of private patients in public hospitals
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... pharmacy benefit managers; and third party administrators) Health plans and integrated delivery systems (e.g., health insurers ... Bridgeford, Lydell C. Health care reform must recognize chronic care.[permanent dead link] Employee Benefit News, 2007-07-24. ... 2006-03-27). "Excellent health benefits help attract, retain top employees," San Diego Business Journal. Glabman, Maureen (2006 ... Butler, Kelley (2007-01-05). "Solving a benefits Sudoku," Employee Benefit News. Willett, Hugh G. (2007-04-20). "30 percent of ...
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... "if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan". However, in fall 2013 millions of Americans ... planned to further increase cost-sharing. Coverage and benefits were not expected to change. Approximately one fifth said ACA ... In January 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ruled that the cost of covering only the individual employee would be considered ... Bronze plans were the second most popular in 2015, making up 22% of marketplace plan selections. Silver plans were the most ...
... also partners with employers to help their non-benefits eligible employees find health coverage. Carriers. ... plans. Unique among for-profit enrollment sites, shows all plans available from all insurers on equal footing ... HealthSherpa also offers a referral program where agents can refer non-appointed plans for a fee. As of January 2020, over 3 ... "Trio of young coders build health-care website in days". CNN. Retrieved 18 September 2015. Rosato, Donna. "How to Find the Best ...
She is involved in health care reform in the United States, working to benefit health insurance companies. Ignagni grew up in ... Ignagni led the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) from 1993 until 2003 when it merged with the Health Insurance ... Before joining AAHP, she was a director of the AFL-CIO's Department of Employee Benefits. Previously she worked in the U.S. ... Health Insurers Project Rising Premiums, Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2009. Health Reform Carries Heavy Price, Insurers Claim ...
... or union-sponsored healthcare plans from incurring large or unforeseen catastrophic health expenses exceeding the plans ... 1946: Union Labor Life establishes company-paid-for insurance and pension plans for its own employees. 1957: The company ... Ullico Benefit Solutions, LLC has signed a strategic deal with Marathon Health, LLC. Ullico expanded significantly in the 1990s ... 1999: UlliCare®, a managed care health plan, is introduced. Ullico also buys Tri-City Brokerage, the largest and only ...
The company announced in April 2013 that full-time employees would maintain their health insurance benefits. On March 3, 2015, ... On April 10, 2018, Kroger announced plans to hire an estimated 11,000 new employees. An estimated 2,000 managerial positions ... The move had been in the planning stages, as it was planning to expand there in 2006 but withdrew after it had already ... Many of Kroger's health and beauty goods, one of the company's fastest-growing private label categories, are manufactured by ...
... of group health plans to restore health benefits previously taken away from plan participants to the extent such benefits were ... specifically the Employee Benefits Protection Act (HR 2578). H.R. 2578 would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ... That law gives companies an incentive to discontinue certain retiree benefits because a tax provision in the law no longer ... Labor Press - Retirees Concerns with Healthcare Reform Act - March 22, 2011 Independent News - Protect Retiree Benefits - March ...
CLAC offers numerous group benefit plans, which are run through the Health and Welfare Trust Fund. There are two Benefit ... Grand River Valley Health Care Employees Union Local 305 (CLAC) represents retirement and nursing home workers in and around ... The CLAC's members fund a variety of benefit programs such as health and disability insurance, pension and retirement plans, ... Western benefits are handled out of Edmonton, Alberta, Eastern benefits are handled out of Grimsby, Ontario. The health and ...
Certain employee benefits. Non-taxable benefits include group health insurance, group life insurance for policies up to $50,000 ... Certain elective deferrals of salary (contributions to "401(k)" plans). Meals and lodging provided to employees on employer ... and certain fringe benefits, including those under a flexible spending or cafeteria plan. ... Some Social Security benefits. The amount exempt has varied by year. The exemption is phased out for individuals with gross ...
He continues to play an integral role in Buck, by working with major clients to design health plans that operate more ... Jerry is currently a Principal of Buck Consultants (recently acquired by Xerox), a leading employee benefits consulting and ... He specializes in the areas of strategic design and analysis of retiree health plans and their options for coordinating ... An Employer's Guide to Compliance and Health Plan Redesign. He is also the author of 3 patents. "Recovery 'Hotel': It's Not the ...
... a statewide health benefit program for eligible public education employees of participating entities. It is financed by plan ... White Health Plan, and Valley Baptist Health Plans. These HMO options will provide additional plan choices to the employees of ... The plan administers an array of benefits, including service and disability retirement benefits, death and survivor benefits, ... 1985 - The 69th Legislature established TRS-Care, a health benefit program for public school retirees. 1987 - The plan was ...
The program was for employees and their dependents enrolled in the company's self-insured health benefit plan. As part of the ... Health benefit plans can be designed to reduce barriers to maintaining and improving health. By covering preventive services, ... In 2004, Mayo Clinic's self-funded health plan increased cost sharing for its employees and their dependents for specialty care ... in 2004 detailing the Fortune 500 company's implementation of V-BID principles into their employee health-insurance plans. ...
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  • The Federal Court for the Southern District of New York Rules that Employers with Self-Insured Health Plans Need Not Offer Medical. (
  • Special Alert for Employers and Other Benefit Plan Sponsors: How Will the Supreme Court's DOMA Decision Impact Your Employee. (
  • Dual treatment of working owners as employers and employees - The final rule allows working owners to participate in an AHP if plan fiduciaries reasonably determine certain requirements are met, including that the working owner must work at least 20 hours per week (80 hours per month) or have sufficient earnings from the business to pay for coverage under the AHP. (
  • Exemption from various Affordable Care Act requirements - The final rule allows unrelated small employers and self-employed individuals to join together for the purpose of providing health insurance coverage to their employees. (
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal health care reform legislation and the desire of employers to limit their health insurance costs are likely to fuel interest in "defined contribution" (DC) health benefits and private health insurance exchanges, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). (
  • Paul Fronstin, director of EBRI's health research and education program and author of the report, said the vehicle that some employers are interested in using for providing coverage is a private health insurance exchange. (
  • Through these exchanges, in tandem with a DC funding approach, employers can accelerate the drive toward a more mass consumer-driven insurance market and gain more control over their health care contribution cost. (
  • But the enactment of PPACA and employers' interest in reducing the risk of their health benefit costs indicate this is a field that is likely to grow. (
  • EBRI notes that employers have long been interested in the concept of DC health benefits, but never moved in that direction for a number of reasons. (
  • Recently, however, insurance market reforms and the embodiment of PPACA's exchange structure has brought a renewed focus on limiting employers' health care cost exposure by providing fixed-dollar contributions that workers could use to purchase individual policies. (
  • Employers could benefit from a higher degree of cost certainty, certainly if they were able to fix their costs at the level of their contributions. (
  • The EBRI report examines issues related to private health insurance exchanges, possible structures of an exchange, the funding of this approach, as well as the pros, cons and uncertainties to employers of adopting them. (
  • It also reviews recent surveys on employer attitudes and some changes that employers have made to other benefits that might serve as historical precedents for a move to some type of defined contribution health benefits approach. (
  • Does giving employees multiple choices of health plans drive competition and empower them pick plans offering the greatest value and highest quality care the theory underlying the Affordable Care Act and many employers benefit plan designs? (
  • The researchers findings suggest that employers might not be doing their employees any favors by placing a high priority on employee choice in their health benefit strategies. (
  • If employers continue to give employees a broad array of plan choices instead of simply limiting them to a single, actuarially best plan, employees can benefit from real-time decision-aids designed to educate employees. (
  • The announcement allows affected employers to avoid for one year potential fines of $2,000 or more per employee for noncompliance. (
  • More broadly, the PPACA provides the opportunity for employers to review total employee benefit plan offerings and efficiencies and costs, for example reviewing retirement plans offered and investment options and participant information (including the number of employees eligible, number of employees participating, age, and compensation of participants), dental and long-term disability plans, employee life insurance offerings, child care, and total compensation measured against benchmarks. (
  • Reviewing the impact of the PPACA combined with a total employee benefits plan review could be a cost effective endeavor, especially to take advantage of meaningful benefit plan and tax savings, for employers and employees and business owners. (
  • Health cash plans are policies employers can offer their staff to reimburse the partial or full cost of everyday health treatments such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs), dental appointments and hospital inpatient care. (
  • Health cash plans also sit well alongside other healthcare benefits, including PMI, and although the two differ, employers may opt to offer both to cover all manner of employees' needs. (
  • Successfully implementing a health cash plan requires employers to align their plan with employees' healthcare needs by identifying which staff would benefit most from cover. (
  • Once employers have analysed employees' healthcare needs, they must decide which benefits are most suitable for them. (
  • From the employers' perspective, health cash plans are a cost-effective way to support everyday healthcare needs. (
  • Employers are applying several lessons from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to their benefits offerings, particularly the importance of employee well-being and access to virtual health care, says Marie-Josée Le Blanc, a partner and innovation leader at Mercer Canada. (
  • Among employers that were already focusing on employee well-being, the pandemic's biggest impact was the shift to delivering benefits virtually as their employees began working remotely, she says. (
  • And with many employers moving to flexible working arrangements post-pandemic, virtual health care options are here to stay. (
  • Employers have also increased their mental-health resources amid the pandemic and ahead of what Le Blanc describes as an "aftershock" of lingering mental-health impacts. (
  • She notes Mercer's most recent global trends report found 64 per cent of Canadian employers are introducing more mental-health supports to their benefits programs, including training for managers to recognize the early signs of mental-health issues. (
  • And among employers that insist on an eventual return to the office, many are planning to redesign workplaces to inspire teamwork. (
  • These employers are creating a really nice environment where employees can collaborate - they don't want to go back to spending their entire day on the phone or at their computer. (
  • While a majority of employers envision a full-time return to the office post-coronavirus pandemic, many also plan to introduce flexible working arrangements, according to a. (
  • A number of employers (especially in the staffing industry) embraced the no-hospitalization plans as a low-cost way to offer an affordable, minimum value plan and avoid pay or play penalties. (
  • Given the timing of Notice 2014-69 (after many employers finalized their arrangements for 2015), the IRS is allowing a one-year transition for employers that have - in reliance on the results of the HHS Minimum Value Calculator - entered into a binding written commitment to adopt a no-hospitalization plan (or that have begun enrolling employees in a no-hospitalization plan) prior to November 4, 2014. (
  • Employer providing the COBRA election notice - generally under the current law, employers must notify the plan administrator within 30 days (sometimes 60 days) of a COBRA qualifying event. (
  • Employers and plan administrators will now disregard the Outbreak Period when determining the deadline for providing the COBRA election notice. (
  • TRI-AD Note - this extension of time will most likely benefit employers that are completely closed or lack resources to administer the COBRA election notifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (
  • This group that was in attendance, the No. 1 topic of discussion was medical cannabis,' said Sullivan, who is president of Cubic Health, which provides analytics to employers who sponsor health benefit plans. (
  • Employers are hearing it from their employees,' said Joan Weir, director of health and disability policy with the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. (
  • Those employers, said benefits expert Mike Sullivan, are seeking the answer to a question: 'Can they do a better job of getting people back to work sooner, and staying at work,' by covering medical marijuana? (
  • Covering medical marijuana brings 'mutual benefit' for patients and their employers, according to Jonathan Zaid, executive director of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana. (
  • In the case of a group health plan maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements between employee representatives and one or more employers ratified before the date of the enactment of this Act [Apr. (
  • William Flynn, OPM associate director for retirement and insurance, said the increases are unacceptable, but noted that health insurance costs for all private and public sector employers are rising. (
  • Of those employers with "flex" plans, three-quarters say these programs are meeting or exceeding their expectations in terms of the top three advantages they identified: meeting diverse employee needs, containing rising benefit costs, and improving employee recruitment and retention. (
  • Responses to a large survey of health care consumers suggests that workers now expect their employers to support physical, mental. (
  • PPI Benefit Solutions Fourth Annual Nonprofit Employee Benefits Study reveals that despite challenges, private nonprofit employers remain committed to delivering health and welfare benefits to their employees but are seeking solutions to help manage costs and improve employee engagement. (
  • The study results indicate a growing trend toward consumer-driven options (such as High Deductible Health Plans) and online employee self-service tools in an attempt by employers to curb rising premiums and cut administration costs while continuing to offer competitive benefit programs. (
  • At the same time, employers are offering more voluntary benefits to help subsidize the higher deductibles and offer employers more choice. (
  • To address issues of efficiency, a growing number of nonprofit employers are recognizing the value of automated benefits administration and enrollment, as indicated by the 77.2% of employers (up from 28.4% in 2012) who consider benefits administration platforms to be very important and the 44.3% of employers (up from 9.6% in 2012) who believe employee self-service portals to be very important. (
  • We see it in our own business, as year after year more nonprofit employers recognize how online, employee-directed enrollment improves accuracy, transparency, and engagement and provides employees with a greater understanding of their benefit options. (
  • As the health care marketplace continues to evolve, nearly 85% of nonprofit employers remain committed to delivering health and welfare benefits to employees in order to improve satisfaction and maintain a competitive advantage for talent. (
  • The findings of PPI's Fourth Annual Nonprofit Employee Benefits Study can help these employers benchmark their own benefit plans and management practices, and also includes information on average payroll deductions, waiting periods, and contribution strategies, among other topics. (
  • By 2016, new federal and state regulations will require employers with more than 100 employees to offer health insurance or make a "shared responsibility" payment to the Internal Revenue Service. (
  • Many employers choose to offer their workers pre-tax options such as Premium Only Plans or full-Flex Plans, which pay off for both you and your employees. (
  • Barriers to aggregating and sharing protected employee information are starting to come down, giving employers the chance to improve their insights on their benefits. (
  • This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and employer practices. (
  • 1 To provide current information about employer-sponsored health benefits, the Kaiser Family Foundation (Kaiser) and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) conduct an annual survey of private and nonfederal public employers with three or more workers. (
  • They can also expect employers to encourage use of treatment settings and service providers that deliver higher-quality health care at lower cost,' he said. (
  • Abbott recommended that employees ask the following 10 questions of their employers to help uncover any plan changes and select the coverage options that best meet their needs. (
  • Nearly 9 in 10 employers identified managing prescription drug expenses-especially for specialty drugs-as their top priority, according to the 2016 Willis Towers Watson Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey, completed by 600 U.S. employers between June and July. (
  • While less common, employers are also making changes in employee premium contributions to cover dependent children, so ask about that as well. (
  • Some employers change health insurance companies, plans or provider networks to better manage costs. (
  • Concerned about affordability of health care costs, some employers have made changes specifically designed to lower out-of-pocket costs at the point of service or have lowered premium contributions for low-wage workers. (
  • Other employers now offer account-based health plans with tax-advantaged health savings accounts associated with them and have seeded the account to help employees cover increased out-of-pocket costs. (
  • As gains have been made in reducing workplace hazards, and the prevalence of disease has shifted toward chronic diseases, employers have encountered rising health care costs. (
  • For example, some employers, especially smaller firms with limited resources, report barriers to implementing workplace health promotion programs, including lack of knowledge of program design, difficulty identifying credible information, and lack of awareness of program benefits ( 4 , 5 ). (
  • State health departments can provide assistance to employers and employees. (
  • Workplace health promotion programs are popular with both employers and employees, although programs offered by employers vary considerably. (
  • A 2017 study based on two independent, nationally representative surveys of U.S. employers and employees ( 7 ) found that 81% of 705 surveyed employers offered some type of workplace health promotion program ( Figure ). (
  • Using these same five elements, the 2015 Harris Poll Nielson survey found that a minority of employers (13.3%) offered comprehensive workplace health promotion programs ( 7 ). (
  • This gap between what employers offer and what employees perceive or use might reflect the variability in what program elements employers offer, or more likely, improperly designed programs that are not based on best or promising practices, or are underresourced or poorly implemented or both. (
  • However, accumulating evidence in the workplace health promotion program literature suggests that when these programs are well executed they benefit both employees and employers ( 5 , 9 , 10 ). (
  • NHWP was designed to help employers put into action science- and practice-based disease-prevention and wellness strategies that would lead to specific measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. (
  • Self-funded health plan sponsors and Applicable Large Employers ("ALEs") needed to provide Forms 1095 B and 1095 C, respectively, to employees by March 31, 2016. (
  • In today's robust hiring market, employers are focused on creating attractive compensation packages for employees-including a rising trend of investing more in benefits. (
  • As employers consider changing the mix of benefits they use to attract talent, where should they invest their dollars? (
  • One way of tackling that question is to look at which benefits, among the dozens available to choose from, offer employers the biggest "bang for the buck" in terms of boosting employee satisfaction with benefits packages. (
  • [1] The sample includes 1,226 U.S. employers with at least 20 benefits reviews, across all sectors and ranging in size from 50 employees to more than 10,000 employees. (
  • Many of the jobs employers are adding are temporary or contract positions, rather than traditional full-time jobs with benefits. (
  • Some employers use healthcare cash plans. (
  • Employers are almost unanimous in seeing a direct correlation between workplace health and performance, a study by benefits provider Aon. (
  • Many employers use healthcare trusts and medical master trusts to deliver healthcare benefits to staff. (
  • Health-related benefits feature heavily in the most common benefits provided by employers, a survey of 327 organisations' benefits packages conducted by XpertHR has found. (
  • EBRI also found Millennials are leading the way in using innovative strategies employers are implementing to manage health coverage costs. (
  • Employers can sponsor group life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, extended health care, dental care and disability benefit plans. (
  • Flexible benefit plans have become quite popular with employers in recent years. (
  • Some employers choose to sponsor what's called an Administrative Services Only (ASO) plan. (
  • Employers that provide healthcare benefits or health insurance to employees also have certain related duties. (
  • These employers are required to provide full disclosures of plan information, timely and fair processing of benefit claims, a certificate providing evidence of health coverage under a plan, and a recovery of benefits under the plan. (
  • Employers are also required to provide the choice to temporarily continue health coverage after losing coverage (like under COBRA, below). (
  • This law applies to employers with 20 or more employees, and allows health care coverage to be extended for up to 18 months, as long as the employee pays the cost of the coverage. (
  • Employers are required to notify the administrator of the group health care plan within 30 days of the employee's separation from employment. (
  • In some cases, employers may also offer life insurance plans for employees. (
  • With many employers moving to high-deductible health plans, employees are being asked to cover more of their medical expenses. (
  • In fact, according to Pricewaterhouse Cooper's 2015 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey, 66 percent of employers with 500 to 1,000 employees are now self-funding their health benefits. (
  • In addition to her work at Mintz, Patricia has worked with the US Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration investigating private sector employers and venture capital funds with respect to ERISA compliance. (
  • Most employers delegate some or all of these responsibilities to third-party administrators (TPAs) who, to perform services, collect and hold sensitive employee information such as addresses, birthdates, compensation data and Social Security numbers. (
  • However, there are many reasons employers should spend more time protecting their plans-and there are ways to do so. (
  • Employee benefits remain a critical part of the relationship between employers and workers. (
  • Using private benefit exchanges (a.k.a. "online benefits marketplaces"), employers can bring a consumer-centric online shopping experience to benefits. (
  • Alan Cohen, a benefits technology pioneer, details how these platforms can offer unprecedented flexibility and choice to employees, revolutionize the way employers attract and retain talent, strengthen cost control in an era of skyrocketing premiums, and promote much-needed innovation in the U.S. health care system. (
  • Employers are constantly evaluating different methods for funding employee health and welfare benefits, whether it be employer contributions or employee contributions to a Code Section 125 cafeteria plan. (
  • Employers first began offering account-based health plans in 2001, when a handful of plan sponsors began to offer health reimbursement arrangements, a type of employer funded health plan that reimburses workers for qualified medical expenses. (
  • In 2004, employers were able to start offering health plans with health savings accounts, a type of tax-exempt trust or custodial account that an individual can use to pay for health care expenses. (
  • With health reimbursement arrangements, employers have a tremendous amount of flexibility in plan design. (
  • For the first time, we surpassed 20,000 health plans entered-20,099 health plans to be exact, which were sponsored by 11,221 employers. (
  • To control these costs, employers shifted more premium to employees, offered more lower-cost CDHP and HMO plans, increased out-of-network deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, and significantly reduced prescription drug coverage as six-tier prescription drug plans exploded on the marketplace. (
  • On April 26, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice to appeal a ruling by the federal district court in Washington, D.C., that struck down the department's final rule expanding small employers' access to association health plans. (
  • Employers that offer these types of work-life perks seek to raise employee satisfaction, corporate loyalty, and worker retention by providing valuable benefits that go beyond a base salary figure. (
  • Employer sponsorship of health insurance in the United States became prevalent during World War II, as one of the few ways by which employers could escape wage and price control limitations on employee wages. (
  • Amy Gordon, Jeffrey Holdvogt, Susan Nash and Mary Samsa wrote this bylined article on health system employee benefit opportunities and challenges in 2017. (
  • In January 2017 we reported that CMS had made progress in defining its objectives for using MA encounter data for risk adjustment and in communicating its plans and time frames to MAOs. (
  • Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $18,764 this year, up 3% from last year, with workers on average paying $5,714 towards the cost of their coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Education Trust 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey. (
  • The 2017 survey includes information on the use of incentives for employer wellness programs, plan cost sharing, and firm offer rates. (
  • A news release announcing the publication of the 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey is available here . (
  • On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) held a reporters-only web briefing to release the 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey. (
  • Over twenty overview slides from the 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey are available as a slideshow or PDF . (
  • This is the nineteenth Kaiser/HRET survey and reflects employer-sponsored health benefits in 2017. (
  • In 2017, the average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance are $6,690 for single coverage and $18,764 for family coverage [ Figure A ]. The average single premium increased 4% and the average family premium increased 3% in 2017. (
  • In 2017, the CDC Workplace Health Resource Center was launched as a source for reliable evidence and best practices to improve worker health and productivity, address research gaps, and potentially reduce health care costs. (
  • There was some confusion last year where employees thought because they participated in a flexible spending plan in 2017, their enrollment would automatically continue into 2018. (
  • The IHC Group (IHC) announced today a live webcast with Zig Ziglar International (ZZI), to motivate thousands of health insurance advisors as they prepare for the upcoming 2017 Obamacare open enrollment, which is set to begin in just 10 days on Nov. 1, 2016. (
  • At least 1.4 million people in 32 states in 2017 will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. (
  • Newly published DOL FAQs XXII (November 6, 2014) clearly state that an employer cannot reimburse an employee for individual health insurance premiums even if the employer treats the reimbursement as taxable. (
  • Behind Medicaid , state and local employer contributions to public employee health insurance premiums represent the second largest cost driver for state health care expenditures. (
  • Employees in Blue Cross/Blue Shield's service benefit plan, which covers half of the enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, will see even higher hikes in premiums. (
  • Those trends have pushed federal health insurance premiums up nearly 50 percent over the past four years. (
  • The average nonpostal employee will see premiums rise by $5.53 per pay period for individual coverage, and by $11.45 for family coverage. (
  • For postal workers, premiums will cost an extra $6.10 per pay period for individual coverage and $12.73 more per pay period for family plans. (
  • Premiums for family plans will grow 7.6 percent, or $14.14. (
  • Premiums for family coverage have increased 19% since 2012 and 55% since 2007 [ Figure B ]. Average premiums for high-deductible health plans with a savings option (HDHP/SOs) are considerably lower than the overall average for all plan types for both single and family coverage, at $6,024 and $17,581, respectively [ Figure A ]. These premiums do not include any firm contributions to workers' health savings accounts or health reimbursement arrangements. (
  • Premiums vary significantly around the averages for both single and family coverage, reflecting differences in health care costs and compensation decisions across regions and industries. (
  • Affordability of health plan premiums and costs will remain a concern, said Randall Abbott, health care leader for Willis Towers Watson in Boston. (
  • The big jump in the number of Coloradans with health insurance isn't causing premiums to rise. (
  • While the only requirement for plan administrators is to send an election notice detailing the plan's premium deadlines, there are three circumstances under which written notices about COBRA premiums are necessary. (
  • citation needed] Premiums vary from plan to plan and are paid in part by the employer (the U. S. government agency that the employee works for or, for annuitants, OPM) and the remainder by the employee. (
  • This dollar amount is recalculated each year as health care costs and plans' premiums increase. (
  • Certain employees (such as postal workers) have a higher portion of their premiums paid as the result of collective bargaining agreements. (
  • San Mateo, Calif., April 19, 2018 - SurveyMonkey , the world's leading People Powered Data platform, announced today a new set of standards to ensure contract workers and employees who work with the company through third-party commercial services receive better health benefits, improved time-off policies, and transportation subsidies. (
  • The move is part of the company's commitment to create a great workplace for all employees-including extended team members from on-site janitorial and food services-who help make SurveyMonkey one of the 2018 Best Workplaces in the Bay Area by Great Places to Work and FORTUNE . (
  • Packaging, environmental and waste management compliance business Comply Direct landed the Employee Benefits Award at the Personnel Today Awards 2018. (
  • Employee Benefits Survey 2018 received responses from single employer (including corporations), multiemployer and public employer plans in the databases of the International Foundation and ISCEBS. (
  • REMINDER: you must re-enroll for a flexible spending plan each year….participation in calendar year 2018 does not auto enroll you for a flexible spending plan in 2019. (
  • In State of New York v. U.S. Department of Labor , District Judge John Bates of the District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the DOL's 2018 final rule stretched the definition of 'employer'-as the entity that can sponsor an employee benefits plan-beyond what the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) would bear. (
  • We will be posting about current employee benefits and executive compensation topics and issues. (
  • Sunlight Group Benefits Solutions are licensed Executive Benefit Plans advisor, Custom Employee Benefits plans, Select Flex Benefits, Hybrid Benefits plans, Defined contributing plan, Cost Plus Programs, Tax effective compensation alternatives, Cost Containment Alternatives. (
  • Employee benefits include a number of non-wage compensation options that companies offer to their employees, usually as an incentive to entice the employee to join or remain with the company. (
  • Employee benefits - chief among them healthcare benefits like medical, dental and vision - are often required by federal or state law and can make up a large chunk of an employee's total compensation package. (
  • A healthy roster of public companies and private equity clients in the technology sector retain Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton for advice on the employee benefits and executive compensation considerations of high-value M&A transactions. (
  • She has practiced in the employee benefits departments of two prominent New York City law firms, working primarily on corporate transactions, structured finance, and executive compensation. (
  • Benefits represent a significant percentage of total employee compensation, as much as 60% in some organizations. (
  • Employee benefits and (especially in British English) benefits in kind (also called fringe benefits, perquisites, or perks) include various types of non-wage compensation provided to employees in addition to their normal wages or salaries. (
  • Managers tend to view compensation and benefits in terms of their ability to attract and retain employees, as well as in terms of their ability to motivate them. (
  • Employees - along with potential employees - tend to view benefits that are mandated by regulation differently from benefits that are discretionary, that is, those that are not mandated but are simply designed to make a compensation package more attractive. (
  • The form provides you and the IRS with information on your and, if applicable, your dependents' health coverage during 2016. (
  • According to a 2016 Pew Charitable Trust report , states spent approximately $18.4 billion in 2013 funding retiree benefits beyond employee pensions-referred to as other post-employment benefits programs. (
  • Employer Health Benefits Surveys from 1998-2016 are available here . (
  • Plan sponsors and ALEs should also file these forms with the IRS by May 31, 2016 (or June 30, 2016, if filing electronically, which is required for entities filing at least 250 information returns). (
  • Forms 1094 B and 1094 C . Plan sponsors and ALEs must file the first forms 1094-B and 1094-C with the IRS no later than May 31, 2016 (or June 30, 2016, if filing electronically). (
  • Your employees can put part of their pre-taxed salary into this account to get reimbursed for eligible expenses. (
  • All Federal employees and annuitants who are eligible for the FEHB Program may enroll in the Association. (
  • COBRA election period - under current law, employees losing health coverage and eligible for COBRA have 60 days to enroll in COBRA continuation coverage of their health benefits. (
  • With state and local governments employing over 7.4 million full-time workers throughout the U.S., public employee benefits like health insurance coverage are of great importance to the state policymakers All 50 states provide health insurance coverage for their state employees, however, the extent of coverage, who is eligible to enroll, and employer versus employee premium contributions vary from state to state. (
  • The purpose of this review is to ensure that only eligible dependents are receiving PEBB benefits. (
  • Spouses, domestic partners and children of any eligible employee (regular full-time, working at least 30 hours per week) are covered under the family plan. (
  • Monthly premium is subject to change if an employee changes age brackets or when eligible employees/dependents are added or removed from your plan. (
  • As part of your Total Rewards package, the University of Rochester offers two health care plans: the YOUR HSA-Eligible Plan and the YOUR PPO Plan . (
  • The UR Employee Pharmacy offers a discount to all employees and their eligible dependents enrolled in a University of Rochester Health Care Plan. (
  • Extended health care coverage reimburses eligible medical expenses not covered by the plan member's provincial plan. (
  • Employees are often eligible for a wide variety of employment benefits programs as a condition of their employment. (
  • To be eligible, you must be a full-time employee or an appointed official from a local board of education employer that participates in the SEHBP. (
  • Certain part-time employees are eligible for coverage. (
  • We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees. (
  • Eligible employees also may cover their spouses or domestic partners and children. (
  • All three benefits are available to full-time and regular part-time employees and their eligible spouses/domestic partners and children. (
  • If you enroll in a U.S. Bank high deductible medical plan, you may be eligible to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) to save and pay for deductibles, coinsurance and qualified healthcare expenses. (
  • U.S. Bank also contributes to the HSAs of eligible employees, which helps you save even more. (
  • Healthcare FSAs are available to full-time employees and allow you to pay for eligible healthcare expenses for you and your dependents using before tax dollars. (
  • And, when paired with the Health Savings Account (HSA) , CDHP/HSA members will receive a $500 State contribution for an individual member or $1,000 for family. (
  • The MCAP maximum contribution amount will be $2,750 for the FY21 plan year with a $500 maximum rollover. (
  • The full report is published in the July EBRI Issue Brief, "Private Health Insurance Exchanges and Defined Contribution Health Plans: Is It Déjà Vu All Over Again? (
  • FAQ-3 explains that such an arrangement "effectively increases the premium or contribution the employer's plan requires the employee to pay for coverage under the plan because, unlike other similarly situated individuals, the high-claims-risk employee must accept the cost of forgoing the cash in order to elect plan coverage. (
  • Of that amount, the government will increase its contribution to employees' health care costs by $18.86 per pay period, or 7.3 percent. (
  • The growth in these plan types, combined with the appeal of a predictable benefits budget, is also driving a lot of interest in alternative funding and enrollment solutions like defined contribution with an online marketplace that offers a wide array of product options. (
  • 3. Why Do Individuals Choose Defined Contribution Plans? (
  • Depending on the benefits package offered by the employer, some benefits may be fully covered by the employer while others may require a contribution from the employee. (
  • Since present-day contributions must provide enough money to fund future pension benefits, the employer's contribution amounts for defined benefit plans must be calculated by an actuary. (
  • What is a Defined Contribution Plan? (
  • Defined contribution plans can take many forms. (
  • Common defined contribution plans may include IRAs or 401Ks , where you and your employer may contribute jointly to retirement savings. (
  • Lastly, presenters will peer into their crystal balls and offer some thoughts on the evolution of account based-plans and the defined contribution model generally. (
  • However, the federal government provides a premium contribution for the purchase of this health insurance. (
  • Because the high-claims employee would need to give up more taxable pay (i.e., the special payments plus the normal employee contributions) in order to enroll in the employer's health plan than similarly-situated healthy employees, the arrangement discriminates on the basis of health status. (
  • If you enroll in one of the University of Rochester Health Care Plans, you will automatically receive prescription drug benefits in conjunction with your plan. (
  • If you would like to make changes to your benefits (e.g. add a dependent to your health plan, enroll in dental insurance coverage, terminate coverage, enroll in voluntary life insurance coverage, etc.) you may do so beginning November 5 thru November 21 via the online benefit portal at . (
  • employees must enroll in new flexible spending plan each calendar year. (
  • After the annual enrollment, changes can be made only upon a "qualifying life event" such as marriage, divorce, adoption or birth of a child, or change in employment status of a spouse, until the next annual open season, during which employees can enroll, disenroll, or change from one plan to another. (
  • Telemedicine coverage includes both General Practitioners and Behavioral Health providers. (
  • Work with a team of over 1,300 Aetna employees dedicated to state and local government, along with labor, to deliver affordable coverage where your employees live and work. (
  • however, the group or association also must have at least one substantial business purpose unrelated to offering and providing health coverage or other employee benefits to its employer members and their employees. (
  • Chief among them: a hesitance to drop group coverage in favor of individual policies and concern that many employees would not be able to secure coverage in the individual market. (
  • With the announcement, companies employing 50 or more full-time workers (working more than 30 hours a week) and not providing employee health insurance will not be penalized as of January 1, 2014 and instead will have until 2015 to provide health care insurance coverage. (
  • The Treasury Department announcement will not affect other essential health care plan provisions of the Act that become effective in 2014, including requiring plans to not allow more than a 90-day waiting period, prohibit coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and limiting lifetime benefits, use health status to determine eligibility, prohibit participation in clinical trials for life-threatening diseases, and additional provisions. (
  • Starting in 2015, a large employer will be subject to pay or play penalties if it fails to offer affordable health coverage that provides at least minimum value to its full-time employees. (
  • It turns out that the HHS Minimum Value Calculator assigns a 60% minimum value to plans with comprehensive outpatient coverage but no inpatient coverage (no-hospitalization plans). (
  • According to IRS Notice 2014-69 (November 4, 2014), a plan without "substantial coverage" of both physician services and inpatient services cannot rely on the HHS Minimum Value Calculator. (
  • An employer affected by this transition rule will need to notify employees that the employee may be able to access subsidies to buy insurance in the Exchange despite the offer of coverage under the employer's no-hospitalization plan. (
  • DOL FAQs XXII also address an arrangement whereby an employer offers payments to employees with expected high health claims if and only if they waive the employer's health coverage. (
  • An employee is laid off on April 13, 2020, causing a COBRA qualifying event due to an immediate loss of health coverage. (
  • They generally use insurance companies to administer their employee health benefit plans while paying the costs of coverage themselves, an arrangement known as a self-insured, self-funded or 'administrative services only' plan. (
  • State lawmakers-who may also receive coverage through state employee health plans in certain states -have various policy options for controlling rising health care costs and maintaining quality coverage options for the state employee workforce. (
  • Additionally, most states provide some level of health care coverage to retired state employees as part of their employee benefits package. (
  • The coverage must consist of coverage which, as of the time the coverage is being provided, is identical to the coverage provided under the plan to similarly situated beneficiaries under the plan with respect to whom a qualifying event has not occurred. (
  • If coverage is modified under the plan for any group of similarly situated beneficiaries, such coverage shall also be modified in the same manner for all individuals who are qualified beneficiaries under the plan pursuant to this part 1 in connection with such group. (
  • Employees or their dependents covered by the SHBP or SEHBP who lose coverage may be able to continue health benefits coverage under COBRA. (
  • It is mandatory that members verify and submit the acceptable documentation by the review deadline in order to continue benefit coverage for their dependents. (
  • This has permitted insurance companies to largely control the terms of ERISA health benefit plans that provide coverage through the purchase of insurance. (
  • While this nation's newly enacted health care reform places some limits on insurers' coverage practices, it largely addresses the problem of the uninsured by mandating the purchase of insurance coverage. (
  • In spring 2006, Massachusetts enacted legislation to ensure universal health insurance coverage to all residents. (
  • Allstate agents offer supplemental, limited benefit insurance coverage that can help with doctor bills, hospital stays and even some nonmedical expenses if you're dealing with an accident, disability, cancer or critical illness. (
  • Get coverage from Allstate Benefits in case you are diagnosed with a covered critical illness. (
  • Coverage used beyond a pre-determined amount of time in traditional health insurance or Medicare that can provide care, services and support in your home or a variety of other facilities. (
  • Understand the different supplemental health coverage options. (
  • Federal employees will pay up to 20 percent more for health coverage next year, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. (
  • Employees with self-only coverage will pay an average of 11.8 percent more. (
  • While five new health plans will join the federal program next year, 28 health maintenance organizations are dropping out, and Aetna, Prudential and other carriers are dropping coverage in certain areas. (
  • Federal employees will be able to change health plans or coverage options during an open season Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. (
  • According to OPM, the increase is due to changes in the health care market and added plan features, such as tobacco cessation incentives, preventative screenings at no cost to enrollees, and extending coverage to adult children age 26 or younger. (
  • The new cutoff age for dependent coverage, mandated by the health reform law, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011. (
  • Here's why you should care about benefits scams, and what you can do to protect your coverage. (
  • Employer-sponsored benefit plans deliver more than just drug and dental coverage. (
  • Under the preventative plan, benefits are the same except that coverage for fluoride treatment to children under age 19 is added for the family dental plan. (
  • For short-term disability, life with AD&D, and critical illness coverage, we offer a range of benefit levels to best fit your unique needs. (
  • Seventeen percent of covered workers are in plans with an annual total premium for family coverage of at least $22,517 (120% or more of the average family premium), and 21% of covered workers are in plans where the family premium is less than $15,011 (less than 80% of the average family premium). (
  • Employees can expect to see changes in the cost of spouse and dependent coverage, especially if the spouse is working and has access to his or her own employer-provided health coverage. (
  • 2: What is the status of health coverage for my working spouse or children? (
  • A major US franchise organization with operations in all 50 states sought to create an affordable health coverage plan and offer it to its franchisee-members, many of which were small, "mom-and-pop" businesses that were regulated as small groups under state insurance laws. (
  • Workers of tomorrow will not get benefits such as health coverage, paid vacations and retirement plans. (
  • James Stoeckmann, senior practice leader at WorldatWork, a professional association of human resource executives, believes that full-time employees could become the minority of the nation's workforce within 20 to 30 years, leaving employees without traditional benefits such as health coverage, paid vacations and retirement plans, that most workers take for granted today. (
  • COBRA " is a federal law that provides employees and their families with the right to continue their health insurance coverage for a limited time after certain events (commonly, after the loss of a job or a layoff). (
  • The administrator then has 14 days to notify the employee of their eligibility for coverage under COBRA. (
  • Eligibility for Active Group coverage is determined by the School Employees' Health Benefits Program (SEHBP). (
  • All covered employees must have access to prescription drug coverage. (
  • The type of coverage provided and costs are determined by the option offered by your employer and the medical plan you select. (
  • With national projections forecasting that a large number of Americans will be forced to find new coverage, the opportunities expand for health insurance advisors to attract new business.That dynamic intensifies the importance of the IHC/ZZI live webcast. (
  • otherwise, a plan may terminate COBRA coverage. (
  • Last, if a plan administrator terminates a qualified beneficiary's COBRA coverage for nonpayment or late payment, the plan administrator must provide a termination notice to the qualified beneficiary. (
  • The brief argued that the rule 'promotes economies of scale and administrative efficiency for small businesses' that are seeking to offer health care coverage to their employees. (
  • While I do not believe [the court's] ruling will survive appeal, I believe Judge Bates' decision is an unnecessary detour on small businesses' path toward more affordable health coverage,' he said. (
  • Full-time employees choose from two health plans, both of which provide comprehensive medical coverage, pharmacy benefits and 100 percent coverage for age-appropriate, network preventive care, including routine vision and hearing exams. (
  • Our vision plan provides coverage for glasses and contact lenses. (
  • In addition to 100 percent coverage for network preventive care through our medical plans, we also offer a variety of wellbeing programs and resources. (
  • Such group insurance plans are a top-up to existing provincial coverage. (
  • The government contributes 72% of the weighted average premium of all plans, not to exceed 75% of the premium for any one plan (calculated separately for individual and family coverage). (
  • The employer pays an amount up to 72 percent of the average plan premium for self-only or family coverage (not to exceed 75 percent of the premium for the selected plan), and the employee pays the rest. (
  • The nationwide survey, completed by over 250 small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations in November 2013, found that the use of traditional "medical" plans has decreased from 96.0% in 2009 to 83.6% in 2013, while the use of High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) has nearly doubled, rising from 22.0% in 2009 to 43.5% in 2013. (
  • Beginning July 1, 2020, a $2,500 benefit for hearing instruments and related services every 24 months is available through all plans when a hearing care professional prescribes a hearing instrument. (
  • On April 28, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Final Rule which extends several employee benefit compliance deadlines. (
  • Specifically, group health plans, disability or other employee welfare benefit plans subject to ERISA must disregard for purposes of notifications, elections and certain claims, the period from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the announced end of the National Emergency or such other date announced by the Agencies in a future notice. (
  • The employer has until July 29, 2020 (30 days after June 29, 2020) to notify the plan administrator of the qualifying event. (
  • If the employer notifies the plan administrator on July 29, 2020, the administrator has until August 12, 2020 (14 days after the notification date of July 29, 2020) to provide the COBRA election notice. (
  • Example - assume the end of the National Emergency was April 30, 2020 and an employee was sent a COBRA election notice on April 1, 2020. (
  • Our experts have reviewed the best health insurance providers for 2020. (
  • The 2020 Virtual Health and Welfare Benefit Plans National Institute includes an in-depth focus on employee health and welfare plans. (
  • ERISA's broad preemption of state laws relating to employee benefit plans, with regard to health plans in particular, prevents states from regulating these plans even though ERISA itself provides almost no substantive regulation of their provisions. (
  • While ERISA clearly precludes states from regulating self-insured health benefit plans, its "savings clause" saves from preemption states' regulation of insurance. (
  • Consequently, ERISA's savings clause is currently the only means by which states can regulate the substantive terms of insured ERISA health plans. (
  • As these state insurance laws comprise the mainstay of protections available for ERISA health plan members, it is critical that the savings clause function as fully as possible to save state laws that regulate insurance. (
  • The unfortunate result is that state laws that legitimately regulate the relationship between insurers and insureds continue to be wrongfully preempted, depriving countless ERISA plan members of the state law protections that should be available to them. (
  • Applying Miller to give full effect to the savings clause will unbind the states to indirectly regulate insured ERISA health benefit plans via their traditional role of regulating insurance business conducted within the states' borders. (
  • You - and/or your employees - make tax-advantaged contributions to help them save for future expenses. (
  • Employee benefits can be anything from corporate housing to daycare, group insurance to student loan contributions. (
  • Contributions to pension plans may be tax deductible, while distributions that you receive from the plan may be taxed as income. (
  • This is a high deductible health plan as defined by the IRS. (
  • Will health plans change deductible, copay, and coinsurance on MH/SA benefits to be equivalent to those for general medical care? (
  • Employees had options for four cost-sharing dimensions deductible, out-of-pocket maximums, copay and coinsurance. (
  • An example of such plans given by the authors is a plan offering four deductible options: $1,000, $750, $500, and $250. (
  • Employees typically had to pay $500 more in premium, to reduce their deductible by from $1,000 to $750. (
  • That means that employees failed to realize that they were buying a lower deductible with worth $250 for $500 twice its value. (
  • The average employee opting into a dominated plan could have saved $373 per year by choosing an otherwise equivalent plan with a higher deductible. (
  • Most lacked definitional and conceptual understanding of insurance concepts such as a deductible and copayment, and these deficits in insurance literacy predicted poor plan choices, the study found. (
  • As high deductible health insurance plans become more prevalent, so do health savings accounts (HSAs). (
  • The intent of the consortium and the health plan design changes, to both the Copay & Deductible (Hybrid) and High Deductible plans noted below, is to stabilize health plan costs and reduce inflationary trends over time. (
  • Will health plans that contracted with managed behavioral health care organizations (MBHOs) pre-parity continue to carve out post-parity? (
  • PERT researchers also sought and received feedback from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) project officers and other HHS-funded investigators working in the field of managed behavioral health care (i.e. (
  • Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare (GLMHC) is a full-service community mental health center that has provided behavioral health care services to the citizens of Pierce County, Washington, for over 50 years. (
  • Whether Supplemental Retirement Benefits Or Retiree Health And Welfare Benefits For State Employees Are Mandatory, Permissive, Or Illegal Subjects For Co. (
  • It also prohibits engaging in collective bargaining regarding retiree health and welfare benefits. (
  • Under RCW 41.80, are retiree health and welfare benefits for state employees a mandatory, permissive, or illegal subject for collective bargaining? (
  • Supplemental retirement benefits for state employees independent of state-controlled retirement plans, and retiree health and welfare benefits, are both illegal subjects for collective bargaining under this statute. (
  • The subjects of your two questions-bargaining for "a supplemental retirement system for state employees independent of state-controlled retirement plans" and bargaining for "retiree health and welfare benefits"-raise very similar issues, so we analyze them together. (
  • To help employees gain insights about their benefits during the upcoming open enrollment season, ask them to consider major health and relationship changes before making their selections. (
  • 7 Open Enrollment (OE) and Your Responsibilities Read and make sure you understand the plan materials posted at and other information provided by your employer and take the required actions Confirm that you answered the Tobacco Surcharge question appropriately Check your payroll deduction to verify that the correct deduction amount has been made. (
  • Open enrollment is your annual opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans which will become effective January 2019. (
  • We invite you to attend one of six open enrollment meetings offered by the Human Resources staff in collaboration with the University's benefits consultant, Relph Benefit Advisors, to review changes to your benefits, outlined in this email. (
  • 2011 State Health Benefit Plan Open Enrollment Presentation Presentation to Active State of Georgia Employees and Educators. (
  • 10 Current OAP Members Effective January 1, 2011 the OAP Option will no longer be offered Members currently in the OAP Option will need to make another benefit selection during the Open Enrollment for the 2011 Plan Year. (
  • Our new Care Access Plan product that we are rolling out at IHC will truly help many others achieve their sales goals for this open enrollment period and beyond. (
  • citation needed] Choices among health plans are available to employees during an "open enrollment" period, or "open season," after which the employee will be covered fully in any plan he or she chooses without limitations regarding pre-existing conditions. (
  • Stress is the number one factor holding employees back from engaging in the success of your organization. (
  • A competitive employee benefits package is a critical element in attracting and retaining employees, but staying on top of rising costs while quickly adapting to workforce changes can challenge any organization. (
  • Workforce Persona Analysis is a way to gain insight into your organization and improve the employee experience with personalized benefits. (
  • Help clients understand how offering their employees voluntary options enriches their organization and brings in better talent. (
  • How to fund health benefits is a major decision for any organization. (
  • Find out why digital tobacco cessation programs have a huge upside for your organization, employees, and bottom line. (
  • Eskaton won top honors for the third consecutive year as the Sacramento region's most health-conscious employer in the medium-size organization category. (
  • HR focuses on the health of the organization by focusing on people and talent, and finance focuses on the health of the organization by focusing on economics. (
  • The purpose of employee benefits is to increase the economic security of staff members, and in doing so, improve worker retention across the organization. (
  • Will health plans expand the amount, scope, and duration of MH/SA benefits to be equivalent to those for general medical care? (
  • Nondiscrimination - Based on existing HIPAA nondiscrimination rules, the final rule prohibits an AHP from conditioning employer membership in the AHP on any health factor (including health status, medical condition, claims experience, receipt of health care, medical history, genetic information, evidence of insurability, and disability). (
  • With almost 160,000 employees enrolled in our U.S. medical plan, we are confident that this important new offering will change the lives of many of our employees. (
  • Are health cash plans a viable alternative to private medical insurance? (
  • Considering cost and employees' needs is vital when choosing between health cash plans and private medical insurance (PMI). (
  • They are a preventative way of offering employees health and wellbeing benefits, whereas private medical insurance (PMI) covers the treatment of curable, short-term conditions or accidents, such as outpatient procedures and diagnostic tests. (
  • In recent years, innovations in the cash plan market includes the addition of options such as EAPs and extending access to services such as Best Doctors, which allows employees to obtain medical advice about health complaints. (
  • A health plan provides "minimum value" if it is designed to pay at least 60% of the total cost of medical services for a standard population. (
  • Could medical marijuana be your next employee health benefit? (
  • Large Canadian companies with self-funded employee benefit plans are seriously considering covering medical cannabis for their workers, according to a benefits industry insider. (
  • Self-insured companies get to choose what their benefit plans cover - and apparently, some of their workers want them to cover medical marijuana. (
  • Of course, paying for employees' medical marijuana raises a host of complex questions, especially in safety-sensitive industries like resource extraction or construction. (
  • As self-insured health benefit plans start covering medical marijuana, employees shouldn't expect blanket approvals for the drug. (
  • Jonathan Zaid, executive director of Canadian For Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, convinced the University of Waterloo student union to cover his medical cannabis under its health benefit plan in December 2014. (
  • Zaid himself has been covered for medical cannabis by the University of Waterloo student union's health benefit plan since December 2014. (
  • A small number of other self-insured Canadian health benefit plans already cover medical marijuana in certain circumstances. (
  • Earlier this year, a Nova Scotia human rights board said the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan had to cover medical marijuana expenses for employee Gordon 'Wayne' Skinner, although that plan's board of trustees is appealing the decision. (
  • This differs from traditional "fully-insured" health plans, where the insurance carrier (rather than the employer) is responsible for paying for enrollees' medical costs. (
  • TRENTON, N.J. - Legislation requiring reviews of medical claims within the state and school employees' health benefits plans has been signed into law. (
  • North Kansas City Hospital is an integrated healthcare system, with 451 licensed hospital-beds and 100 physicians in 24 Meritas Health medical practice locations. (
  • Take care of medical expenses your employer's health insurance might not cover. (
  • The press release explained that in a flexible benefits program, employees receive flex "credits" or "dollars" and spend them on medical and/or dental benefits they choose from a range of options depending on their personal circumstances. (
  • However, the survey results indicate that organizations are adding more than just medical and dental plan options to their lineup of benefits. (
  • Some company policies allow employees to use sick time for scheduled medical appointments. (
  • Patients who have a Citi Health Card can pay for costly medical procedures with participating practitioners using the service and defer interest payments through plans for up to 48 months, according to Henry Schein Dental. (
  • Unlike traditional credit cards, the Citi Health Card use is limited to medical payments with participating practices. (
  • What are some health services offered in Overlook Medical Center? (
  • Review the medical plan basics with this webpage and video. (
  • The pharmacy is located in the Medical Center, though they do offer courier services for employees located in off-site locations. (
  • Understand how executive medical reimbursement plans are still possible and powerful in a post-ACA landscape. (
  • Over half the respondents to Deloitte's 2015 Survey of U.S. Health Care Consumers said they go online to research information about their medical needs. (
  • Self-funding can be a very effective way for some businesses to control the cost of health care," says Amber Hulme, Medical Mutual vice president of Central and Southern Ohio. (
  • Hybrid Plan- The annual medical out-of-pocket maximum (OPM) limits the amount of expenses incurred by members of the plan and includes copays, deductibles and coinsurance paid by members for their medical services. (
  • Additionally, the plan will pay 100% of the in-network medical charges for the remainder of the calendar year as Susan has met her OPM for the plan year after paying the hospital bill. (
  • Once Susan and two more members of her family each reach the OPM, the plan will pay 100% of medical expenses for the entire family. (
  • Saint Alphonsus Health System is a four-hospital regional, faith-based Catholic ministry with over 4,300 associates and a medical staff of nearly 1000 which serve 700,000 people in Idaho and Oregon. (
  • Saint Alphonsus Health System is anchored by the only Level II Trauma Center in the region, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, providing the highest quality, most experienced hospital care to critically ill and injured patients. (
  • This panel of Agency representatives will discuss the latest guidance for health and welfare plans, including guidance on 213(d) medical expenses, transparency reporting, drug manufacturer copayment assistance, COVID testing, and pandemic-related deadline relief. (
  • Therefore, the importance of enabling states to regulate insurers' conduct has actually been magnified under health care reform. (
  • Any arrangement where employer payments are tied to an employee's enrollment in individual health insurance should be reevaluated in light of these FAQs. (
  • Given the importance of these benefits to an employee's livelihood and the necessity of regulatory compliance, it's important for every employer to understand their obligations when it comes to offering benefits packages. (
  • Increasing employee satisfaction with their health insurance by 1 star (out of 5) on Glassdoor is associated with a 0.34-star increase in average satisfaction with an employee's overall benefits package-a statistically significant link. (
  • Group life insurance provides for the plan member's (i.e., employee's) family if he or she dies while a member of the plan. (
  • Usually, a pension fund is created during an employee's working years, which then provides regular payments to the employee after they retire. (
  • Under this type of plan, an employer promises to pay the employee a fixed amount after the employee retires (usually this is reflected in a monthly pension check from the employer during the employee's retirement). (
  • Depending on the organization's insurance carrier and the employee's specific health plan, each tool will probably work a little differently. (
  • EBRI says a combination of insurance market reforms, especially the health exchange structure in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as well as rising health costs, have brought a renewed focus on limiting employer's health care cost exposure. (
  • Flexible benefits schemes can help to boost employee recruitment and retention by increasing the range of benefits available to employees. (
  • In addition to serving as an important financial safety net, benefits also act as a recruitment and retention tool. (
  • Get actionable insights about consumer health and wealth engagement so you can tailor your offerings to what your clients and their employees want. (
  • Discover how you can achieve this for your clients' employee benefits offerings. (
  • Benefits may also include formal or informal employee discount programs that grant workers access to specialized offerings from local and regional vendors (like movies and theme park tickets, wellness programs, discounted shopping, hotels and resorts, and so on). (
  • This creates constant pressure on the plans, since to attract enrollees they must hold down costs, while balancing this incentive against benefit offerings and customer service, to reach a position that will maximize their enrollment revenues and profits. (
  • Sunlight Group Benefits specialists advisors are licensed in the Provincs of Ontario canada. (
  • Timothy Speiss is the Partner-in-Charge of EisnerAmper's Personal Wealth Advisors Group and Vice President of EisnerAmper Wealth Planning LLC. (
  • That dynamic intensifies the importance of the IHC/ZZI alliance, which seeks to implement best-in-practice sales strategies to give health insurance advisors an edge on their competition. (
  • Find an agent now to learn about supplemental, health insurance and long-term care. (
  • Help your clients tackle the myths and misconceptions surrounding supplemental health insurance. (
  • RCW 41.80.040(5) prohibits the State, as an employer, from engaging in collective bargaining regarding supplemental retirement benefits for state employees independent of state-controlled retirement plans. (
  • Under RCW 41.80, are supplemental retirement benefits for state employees independent of state-controlled retirement plans a mandatory, permissive, or illegal subject for collective bargaining? (
  • Independence Holding Company (NYSE: IHC) is a holding company that is principally engaged in underwriting, administering and/or distributing group and individual disability, specialty and supplemental health, pet, and life insurance through its subsidiaries since 1980. (
  • For over 160 years, we've been delivering customized health care solutions to state and local government employees, with integration to drive down costs. (
  • Together, we'll work on a long-term strategic plan to cut costs, customize acess to care and improve health outcomes for a strong and healthy workforce. (
  • Control rising care costs with features like provider transparency, integrated pharmacy, competitive provider contracts, health expense funds and more. (
  • You set the amount that your employees can use to pay for covered health care costs. (
  • Our mix of plans, programs and tools helps employees take charge of their whole self, from their plan, to their costs, to their health. (
  • Will health plans incur modest administrative costs in implementing parity? (
  • Will health plans report increased MH/SA benefits costs for their FEHB product? (
  • Such an effort is also seen as shifting to workers the authority to control the terms (and to some extent, the costs) of their own health insurance. (
  • When it costs an average of nearly $6,000 for an individual health care plan, this expense can have a significant impact on a business paying workers $24,000 a year or less. (
  • The Choices health cash plan helps avoid unexpected costs and includes a range of other benefits including laser eye surgery and therapy treatments such as acupuncture. (
  • Additionally, legislators can pilot innovative strategies for controlling public employee health care costs to demonstrate a policy's effectiveness on a smaller scale. (
  • State health plans were considered generally rich with health plans covering an average of 92 percent of employee health care costs. (
  • As state employee health care costs continue to impact state budgets, state policymakers are leveraging several strategies to curb growing health care expenditures. (
  • CMS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), makes these adjustments to reflect the expected health care costs of MA enrollees. (
  • You might already have health insurance through your employer, but it might not be enough to cover costs associated with certain health conditions. (
  • OPM also is introducing a health claims database tool that will track and evaluate the quality and cost of services provided through FEHBP and will help the agency find ways to reduce health costs. (
  • Understanding how to build a compelling benefits package for your employees while complying with applicable laws and keeping costs under control is a delicate balancing act. (
  • Can my employees pay for or share the costs of these plans? (
  • Researchers may request a public use dataset by going to Contact Us and choosing "TOPIC: Health Costs. (
  • 4: Has the employer taken steps to make health care costs more affordable for me? (
  • In the United States, chronic diseases are responsible for approximately seven in 10 deaths and account for 86% of health care costs ( 1 , 2 ). (
  • Government health insurance doesn't cover all the average Canadian's healthcare costs. (
  • Get key facts about the true cost of trying to curb health benefit costs - it's more than meets the eye. (
  • The Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), analyzed the costs and benefits of this final rule and concluded that the benefits of the rule justify its costs. (
  • Should employees be looking at lab costs, too? (
  • Develop a better grasp on an alternative solution for clients looking to control soaring health costs and show your true value. (
  • Fringe benefits are also thought of as the costs of retaining employees other than base salary. (
  • This feature of the program is arguably its greatest strength and the primary reason that one expert summarized it as having "outperformed Medicare every which way-in containment of costs both to consumers and to the government, in benefit and product innovation and modernization, and in consumer satisfaction," decade after decade. (
  • With our tax-advantaged options, you get savings when employees contribute to health expense funds. (
  • Options such as these reflect the diverse range of health and wellbeing issues that cash plans can now cover. (
  • Currently, 48 states self-fund at least one of the health plan options offered for state employees, and 29 states self-fund all state employee health plan options. (
  • The following table lists which states self-fund all health plan options, self-fund some health plan options, or fully-insure for state employee health plans. (
  • There will be 180 health plan options in the federal program next year, down from about 350 in 1998. (
  • FEHBP enrollees can choose from 207 plans, including two new options. (
  • Nonetheless, its good prices, wide range of options and discount programs on other health and wellness products and services make it the best health insurance service. (
  • October 14, 2009 ( - Canadian organizations that offer employees multiple benefit plan options may have an advantage when it comes to weathering economic highs and lows, according to a recent survey by Hewitt Associates. (
  • There are a variety of health insurance options available to students. (
  • Nonprofits are really struggling to maintain a comprehensive benefits package, and consumer-driven plans like HDHPs, health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts can be great, lower-cost options. (
  • Plans are available that provide consumer driven health care options, such as a Health Savings Account (HAS) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). (
  • Contact Graber & Associates today to learn more about the benefits and plan options we provide to help you cover your employees! (
  • Find out which of your new plan options accept your current health care providers. (
  • The chart below goes through key differences between the two health care plan options. (
  • Use the 2021 ALEX tool , an interactive online benefits decision tool that will assist you in understanding your benefit options and enable you to make an informed decision when making your benefit elections. (
  • An interactive online benefits decision tool that will assist you in understanding your benefit options. (
  • Instead of designing one basic plan to cover all members, flexible (or flex) plans offer a list of benefit options that members can choose from. (
  • There are two options - get fully insured through a health insurance carrier or fund it themselves. (
  • When your child needs health care, you can relax knowing that Children's National offers a variety of payment options for families of all economic levels. (
  • WASHINGTON, June 1 May Assets in health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), two relatively new employment-based health benefit plan options , have grown in recent years and totaled $7.1 billion in 2009, up from $835.4 million three years earlier, according to a study published today by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). (
  • It may be that offering both PMI and a health cash plan is the best fit for an employer's workforce. (
  • McAndrew says: "Cost is the main driver of the health cash plan's popularity because it is an inexpensive way to cover an entire workforce. (
  • Issues such as the ageing workforce, available budgets and employees' different lifestyles and personal situations, mean that choice is essential when considering a health cash plan or PMI . (
  • Approximately 20% of employer health care spending is associated with 10 modifiable health risks in the U.S. workforce: depression, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, obesity, tobacco use, physical inactivity, high stress, high cholesterol, poor nutrition and eating habits, and high alcohol consumption ( 3 ). (
  • Offering meaningful benefits to all workers helps companies attract and retain top talent," said Benjamin Jack, Managing Director, Eastridge Workforce Solutions. (
  • Discover how the right online community can power behavior change in your workforce, leading to better overall health. (
  • Overlapping Eligibility and Enrollment: Human Services and Health Programs Under the Affordable Care Act. (
  • The authors urged health systems to review internal controls for 403(b) and 457(f) plan compliance, and to review their short- and long-term health plan operation in light of any Affordable Care Act replacement. (
  • I t could now be harder for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance without some of the regulatory requirements that individual states and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impose. (
  • For example, as of 2014 members of the United States Congress and their staff are excluded from the FEHB and required to purchase health insurance through the health care exchange due to the Affordable Care Act. (
  • The health insurance plans available to State members differ in the benefit levels they provide, the doctors and hospitals you can access and the out-of-pocket cost to you. (
  • Your plan can provide you with additional information regarding this benefit. (
  • Health information programs provide general health information and are not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a physician or other health care professional. (
  • the researchers say they provide new evidence challenging these proposed benefits of expanded health-insurance choice. (
  • JPMorgan Chase is excited to offer ABA Therapy and provide this important treatment alternative for the children of our employees," said Stephen Cutler, JPMorgan Chase General Counsel and Advisor to Access Ability, the firm's Business Resource Group (BRG) for employees affected by disabilities. (
  • Plan administrators have 14 days to provide a COBRA election notice. (
  • UK Retail Pharmacies provide UK employees enrolled in a UK health plan a 50 percent discount (up to $60) on many prescriptions if the prescription is ordered by a UK HealthCare prescriber. (
  • An employee may have to provide a note for taking three or more days of sick time, or he may need a note saying the doctor has cleared him to return to work after a contagious illness or an injury that made him unable to perform the job. (
  • Thus, workplace health promotion programs provide an opportunity to affect the health of the nation. (
  • Bruce McDonald is the consummate pro: he has done it all and the fruits of his experience provide great benefits to his clients. (
  • 2 Mission The Georgia Department of Community Health We will provide access to affordable, quality health care to Georgians through effective planning, purchasing and oversight. (
  • For a comprehensive survey of YOUR employee group contact me and I would be happy to provide the survey free of charge. (
  • We value what makes each employee unique and provide a collaborative, team-based culture that gives everyone an opportunity to shine. (
  • Second, if the qualified beneficiary made an insignificant shortfall premium payment, the plan administrator must provide notice of the insignificant shortfall unless the plan administrator chooses to ignore it. (
  • Nor will the DOL take action against existing AHPs for continuing to provide benefits to members who enrolled in good faith reliance on the AHP rule's validity before the district court's order, through the remainder of the applicable plan year or contract term. (
  • That's why we provide a variety of health and wellbeing benefits. (
  • Some plans provide a minimal dependent life insurance benefit as well. (
  • In this exercise, actuarial values are computed by taking health insurance plan parameters and applying them to the expenses and utilization of a standard population. (
  • The weighted average covered expenses and benefits paid by a specific plan for the entire population are then used to determine the richness of the plan. (
  • One possibility is that sophisticated employees knowingly pay a premium for the ease and predictability of incurring steady payroll deductions, as compared to a more variable flow of out-of-pocket expenses, the authors surmised. (
  • Take a preventative approach and help your employees spread the cost of everyday health expenses with a simple monthly premium. (
  • Get cash benefits if you have a covered hospital stay, ambulance bills or other out-of-pocket expenses. (
  • Again, members have credits that they can apply to health care expenses, some of which may not be covered by their employee or provincial plan. (
  • Furthermore, these accounts can be used as tax-advantaged vehicles to save for health care expenses in retirement. (
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics, like the International Accounting Standards Board, defines employee benefits as forms of indirect expenses. (
  • In this webinar, the panelists will discuss recent guidance issued by the IRS and Department of Labor with respect to retirement plans and health and welfare arrangements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (
  • In addition to a lively update on regulatory and other developments featuring top speakers from government agencies and the private bar, the program will cover tri-agency commentary on health and welfare updates, hot topics in litigation, cafeteria plans and account-based plans, a wellness update, hot topics in non-account-based plans, and an ethics session. (
  • This session will review key ethical considerations for health and welfare benefit plan lawyers in light of the challenges brought about by the pandemic, such as remote work and multijurisdictional practice. (
  • Some corporate healthcare providers also offer employee wellbeing support, for example, Health Shield enables employees to claim for nutritional therapy and Indian head massage. (
  • The HR Benefits Office will continue to offer customer service at 112 Scovell Hall and is available to answer your questions and collect or distribute enrollment or change forms for health, dental, life, vision, retirement and other benefits. (
  • Self-funding has the advantage of eliminating most premium taxes and gives the employer more control over the benefits they offer, but the employer assumes the financial risk for setting premium levels and paying claims for these plans. (
  • Over 20 of the BCBS companies offer this member benefit. (
  • Some BCBS companies offer other apps dedicated to health and wellness. (
  • Of the 211 organizations from across Canada that responded to Hewitt's Flexible Benefits in Canada 2009 survey, 60% offer a benefits plan with a flexible component, up from 41% in 2005 when the survey was last conducted. (
  • Some only offer insurance payouts if the employee becomes deceased in the course of their employment (which can be beneficial for the family survivors, but limits payouts in other circumstances). (
  • Learn a better way to offer clients and their employees real protection. (
  • Saint Alphonsus Health System is proud to offer our Colleagues a comprehensive benefits package. (
  • At Saint Alphonsus Health System, we are serious about fostering an environment focused on personal and professional growth and offer opportunities that empower employees to develop their careers. (
  • We also offer two additional HMO plans in select geographic areas. (
  • Enhanced benefits are available for QCHP members who receive services from a QCHP network provider . (
  • Get a customized benefits package with the exact plans, products and services you need, at a cost that fits your budget. (
  • You handle key member services, like benefits determination. (
  • For more information about any participating plan, click on a link or call the plan's member services number to speak with a plan representative. (
  • Often called company benefits, employee perks or benefits packages, Employee Benefits in Baltimore supply employee health benefits, group health insurance plans & employee discounts in addition to a wide range of Employer Solutions services. (
  • This includes discounted enrollments in health clubs, fitness monitors, diet programs and other products and services. (
  • PPI Benefit Solutions (PPI), a leading provider of benefits administration technology and services with over 40 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, has released the results of The Fourth Annual Nonprofit Employee Benefits Study that measures and tracks benchmarks of private, nonprofit employee benefit plans. (
  • For dental plans, you can choose either a "preventative services only" plan or our "expanded" plan. (
  • The Member and Provider Services department at Tufts Health Public Plans is responsible for providing our plan members and health care providers with the answers, information and resources they need, by phone, online, and even face-to-face. (
  • What's it like working in Member and Provider Services at Tufts Health Public Plans? (
  • The center's mission is to improve mental health for children, adults, and families by providing a comfortable setting for counseling and medication services. (
  • We're thrilled to work with our valued partners to bring a new standard of health benefits to support our family of contractors and on-site services, and hope it inspires others to do the same. (
  • SurveyMonkey, in close collaboration with i2i benefits and Insurance Services, developed a framework of benefits for vendor partners that better align to what the company's employees enjoy. (
  • SurveyMonkey has worked tirelessly with i2i benefits and their vendors over the past few months to develop a set of benchmarks that raise the bar on employee benefits," said Dan Maass, President of Employee Benefits at i2i Benefits and Insurance Services. (
  • This rule will affect plan sponsors, fiduciaries, participants and beneficiaries of participant-directed individual account plans, as well as providers of services to such plans. (
  • Bupa is an international health insurance and care company with services that include travel insurance, health insurance, care homes, health assessments, occupational health services, and childcare. (
  • This patchwork-like approach to the adoption and deployment of Microsoft technologies has previously made it harder for Bupa to unlock the functionality benefits that exist when the various cloud products and services in Microsoft's portfolio are integrated, said Kennedy. (
  • Lower immunization rates at age 2 years were associated with delayed receipt of the first dose of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine, use of city or county clinics, employee-reported barriers of difficulty leaving work, and provider access problems, but not cost of services. (
  • Plans, products and services are solely and only provided by one or more IHC Entities specified on the plan, product or service contract, not The IHC Group. (
  • Not all plans, products and services are available in each state. (
  • Our benefits package offers a wide variety of programs and services to meet the diverse needs of all our employees. (
  • The theory behind these accounts is that when individuals are given more control over funds allocated for health care services, they will spend the money more responsibly, especially once they become more educated about the actual price of health services. (
  • Members will find a listing of providers who participate in the health plan's network when they go to the provider directory page on the plan's website. (
  • Benefits are outlined in the plan's Summary Plan Document (SPD). (
  • The plan sponsor has used the plan's popularity to cement its relationship with its members. (
  • Medicare Advantage-the private plan alternative to the traditional Medicare program-provides health care for nearly 15.5 million enrollees, about 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries. (
  • About 135,000 enrollees will be forced to pick new plans. (
  • Typical enrollee: The typical consumer-driven health plan enrollee was more likely than traditional plan enrollees to be young, unmarried, higher-income, educated, and exhibit healthy behavior. (
  • No differences were found between CDHP enrollees and traditional plan enrollees with respect to gender, race, and presence of children. (
  • The 677 responding human resources and benefits professionals, trustees, administrators and industry experts represent a wide base of U.S. organizations from nearly 20 different industries and ranging in size from fewer than 50 to more than 10,000 employees. (
  • Deciding which option is best for an organisation and its employees is also dependent on both parties' budgets. (
  • All active employees and retirees who have a dependent(s) enrolled in the PEBB benefit management system will be required to complete and return the required verification documents when selected for the review process. (
  • At Tufts Health Plan, benefits and perks are an integral part of how we compensate our employees and create a workplace where people feel appreciated, supported and happy. (
  • According to a recent Glassdoor survey , four in five workers today would prefer new benefits or perks rather than a pay raise. (
  • This is likely due to the small fraction of employees who fully utilize these perks at any given time. (
  • Colloquially, "perks" are those benefits of a more discretionary nature. (
  • Often, perks are given to employees who are doing notably well or have seniority. (
  • Studies have shown that workplace health programs reduce the extent to which sickness gets in the way of getting work done at the office. (
  • Workplace health promotion programs traditionally rooted in occupational safety and health focus on preventing injury and illness resulting from the workplace environment. (
  • Evaluation and research continue to increase knowledge about workplace health promotion program design and identify ways to overcome the challenges of establishing effective programs. (
  • The existence of a workplace health promotion program, however, guarantees neither its use nor any resulting health and economic benefits. (
  • Among 1,833 employees surveyed by the 2015 Harris Poll Neilson survey, fewer than half (45%) reported being offered some form of workplace health promotion program, and 55% of those who were offered such a program reported participating ( 7 ). (
  • Workplace health promotion programs that do not follow best practices, including assessing needs, often have low employee participation ( 7 , 8 ). (
  • Instead, workers today want benefits -workplace health and wellness programs, retirement plans, free meals, paternity and maternity leave and more. (
  • Whether it's eligibility, benefits or claims, our team members go above and beyond to make sure the person or practice they're working with has a positive experience. (
  • Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. (
  • With insights from industry veterans, Employee Benefits and the New Health Care Landscape brings a fresh perspective to the debate on health care and health insurance in America. (
  • The right combination of plans, programs and cost sharing can help you protect your employees' health and budget - not just today, but in the future. (
  • Employee Benefit News provides the current awareness and insight benefit managers need to select, communicate and manage benefit programs to their employees. (
  • This insurance agency offers its members discounts in health and wellness programs through Blue365. (
  • The leadership at United Way of Pierce County (UWPC) saw the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP) as a way to bring worksite wellness programs to its employees to align with the organization's community-impact areas of health care access and wellness. (
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policies, programs, and treatment in order to protect public health. (
  • What are Employee Benefit Programs? (
  • The team's expert knowledge of retention strategy and tax considerations (such as the preservation of capital gains) for benefits programs is also applied to global names in fashion, retail, medicine and entertainment, with counsels Kathleen Emberger and Laura Bagarella being active across these sectors. (
  • The Census Bureau also found nearly 63 percent of low-income Colorado children are covered by government health insurance programs. (
  • In addition to progressive health, prescription and dental plans, many employees enjoy the benefits provided by Saint Alphonsus's generous insurance plans, retirement savings opportunities, paid time off, and continuing education programs. (
  • This session will also address ethical issues related to fiduciary activities in connection with benefit programs, as well as other recent ethics cases and opinions. (
  • Or are you consumed with finding new and creative ways to enhance wellness programs in furtherance of employee health and well-being during this unprecedented time? (
  • In addition to managed care, the State plan offers t he Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP), administered by Aetna , which allows plan participants to access any provider nationwide. (
  • The agencies recognize there are numerous challenges for participants and group health plans to comply with certain benefit deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (
  • The upcoming premium increase for plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is less than the 8.8 percent rise participants experienced in 2010, despite a range of new benefits to be added, according to OPM Director John Berry. (
  • Individual participants in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard Option, the government's largest plan, will see premium increases of 6.9 percent, or $5.58 per pay period. (
  • EBSA's intention is that this rule will ensure that all participants and beneficiaries in participant-directed individual account plans have the information they need to make informed decisions about the management of their individual accounts and the investment of their retirement savings. (
  • The rule also contains conforming changes to another regulation relating to plans that allow participants to direct the investments of their individual accounts. (
  • EBSA identified two primary benefits of this rule: (1) reduced time for plan participants to collect investment-related information and organize it into a format that allows the information to be compared and (2) improved investment results for plan participants due to the enhanced disclosures available to them. (
  • You can add an optional wellness benefit to help cover the cost of a health screening. (
  • For example, wellness accounts, critical illness insurance, and health club memberships are on the rise. (
  • Before participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP), First South Financial had a wellness committee and had put some initiatives into place to support employee health. (
  • Has your focus on wellness plans been sidelined by urgent matters related to the pandemic? (
  • What are the post office retirement benefits? (
  • An earlier version of the paper was presented at the "Retirement Benefits for State and Local Employees: Designing Pension Plans for the Twenty-First Century" conference, which was funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation. (
  • RCW 41.80.040(5) precludes the state as an employer from collective bargaining over "retirement plans and retirement benefits. (
  • Health care providers could be the hardest hit from the Treasury announcement, as they were perceived to be the biggest beneficiaries of the PPACA. (
  • The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) allows qualified beneficiaries who lose health benefits due to a qualifying event to continue group health benefits. (
  • The statutory grace period is a minimum 30-day period, but plans may allow qualified beneficiaries a longer grace period. (
  • Even though plans are not required to send billing statements each month, many plans send reminder statements to the qualified beneficiaries. (
  • The pension plan is offered to employees who started before a certain date, but has been sunsetted and is not available to newer employees. (
  • What can you tell job seekers about American Academy of Family Physicians's Pension Plan? (
  • Glassdoor is your resource for information about the Pension Plan benefits at American Academy of Family Physicians. (
  • Learn about American Academy of Family Physicians Pension Plan, including a description from the employer, and comments and ratings provided anonymously by current and former American Academy of Family Physicians employees. (
  • A defined benefit plan may be what comes to mind when you think of a "pension. (
  • Pension payments under this type of plan can vary depending on the formula used to calculate the payments. (
  • The amount of the pension would depend on economic factors and interest rates, and generally the employee has control over the investment decisions for the retirement account (both bearing the risks and reaping the benefits). (
  • If you have questions about the tax consequences of a pension plan, you should contact a qualified tax attorney or a CPA. (
  • Who Can Participate in Employee Pension and Benefits Plans? (
  • There may be limits to the pension and benefits plans , and you will want to make sure you have a clear explanation from your employer. (
  • Plan richness-or the relative cost-sharing between a health plan and an enrollee based on required deductibles, copayments or coinsurance-affected premium variations state-to-state. (
  • In addition, you can find more specific details, like deductibles, in our 2021 health plans comparison chart . (
  • Advisor" - as used herein also includes licensed health insurance producers. (
  • Health Insurance Marketplace: March Enrollment Report. (
  • Although the nonprofit sector has been somewhat slow in adopting employee self-service enrollment, the number is steadily growing," says Greco. (
  • Enrollment begins at or near the beginning of the calendar year, and lasts until a different plan choice is made in a subsequent open season or through a qualifying life event. (
  • In practice, there is a great deal of inertia in enrollment, and only about 5 percent of employees change plans in most open seasons. (
  • In general, managed care plans, such as Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and the Open Access Plan (OAP), deliver healthcare through a system of network providers and have a lower monthly premium than the Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP). (
  • The relevant PERT organizations' institutional review board reviewed and approved the PRR data collection plan. (
  • No longer just a health issue, managing stress has become a top priority for organizations looking to increase productivity, build culture, and improve the bottom line. (
  • Before the pandemic, there were two types of organizations: those that were doing more to support well-being and those that were on the fence and had to prove the importance [of employee well-being] to their leadership team. (
  • Organizations also need to think beyond employees on short-term disability. (
  • The plan changes also achieve a better balance of actuarial or plan value and keep premium increases at a minimum for calendar year 2019, both of which are University goals this renewal. (
  • A COBRA premium payment is made when it is sent to the plan. (
  • If a COBRA payment has not been paid on its due date and a follow-up billing statement is sent with a new due date, then the plan risks establishing a new 30-day grace period that would begin from the new due date. (
  • First, if the COBRA premium changes, the plan administrator must notify the qualified beneficiary of the change. (
  • However, substantial questions about same-sex spouse health benefits remain unanswered. (
  • The Health Solution for all Businesses.Using CanHealth and Dental Plans within Revenue Canada guidelines allows small businesses to deduct employee health and. (
  • Employee benefits in Canada usually refer to employer sponsored life, disability, health, and dental plans. (
  • Allstate Benefits is the marketing name for American Heritage Life Insurance Company, Home Office, Jacksonville FL, the underwriting company for the accident and critical illness insurance and subsidiary of The Allstate Corporation. (
  • Help your clients and their employees understand the difference critical illness insurance can make when these types of illnesses happen. (
  • The life, accidental death and dismemberment and disability insurance component is an employee benefit only. (
  • Evaluation of Parity in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: Final Report. (
  • As part of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) contract with the FEHB plans, each health plan was required to submit to the OPM a report on implementing mental health and substance abuse (MH/SA) parity in the first quarter of 2002 and in the first quarter of 2003. (
  • 12 The report, The Parity Reporting Requirement (PRR), designed by PERT investigators, focused on delivering MH/SA benefits in the year before parity implementation (2000), in the year of parity implementation (2001), and two years afterwards (2003). (
  • Will health plans that did not carve out pre-parity carve out post-parity? (
  • Will health plans carve out substance abuse as well as mental health benefits post-parity? (
  • Will health plans move to risk-based contracting with vendors post-parity? (
  • Will health plans change financial incentives for their providers post-parity? (
  • Will health plans expand the number and disciplinary mix of MH/SA providers post-parity? (
  • Will health plans increase the number or mix of utilization controls they employ post-parity? (
  • On March 28, a federal judge struck down a Department of Labor (DOL) final rule that had relaxed restrictions on multiemployer association health plans (AHPs). (
  • The factor with the single biggest impact on employee satisfaction was the quality of employer-provided health insurance plans . (
  • An employer provided group insurance plan is coordinated with the provincial plan in the respective province or territory, therefore an employee covered by such a plan must be covered by the provincial plan first. (
  • All Employee Benefit News content is archived after seven days. (
  • Instances where an employee exchanges (cash) wages for some other form of benefit is generally referred to as a "salary packaging" or "salary exchange" arrangement. (
  • Executes various preventative risk management activities and initiatives such as risk and control assessments, operational risk events reporting, key risk indicator reporting, business continuity planning, records management, and new initiative process. (
  • 2) any group health plan maintained for employees by the government of the District of Columbia or any territory or possession of the United States or any agency or instrumentality. (
  • Here's why small-business owners need to start thinking about offering group benefits to their employees. (
  • But whether or not your business is required to do it, adding group health insurance now is a smart move for you and your employees. (
  • It's no surprise that group health plans help you keep your team healthy. (
  • That's why it's important to understand and take advantage of employer-sponsored health plans , including group life and health arrangements, that you may be offered at work. (
  • Typically, a group insurance provider is hired to insure the plan members and run the various aspects of the program, which includes paying claims. (
  • Put another way, collective bargaining is the process for an employer and a group of employees to enter a "collective bargaining agreement" on various terms and conditions of employment. (
  • Even in this relatively affluent group with good insurance (including immunizations), preschool immunization rates did not reach public health goals. (
  • group insurance (health, dental, life etc. (
  • Other than the employer sponsored health benefits described above, the next most common employee benefits are group savings plans (Group RRSPs and Group Profit Sharing Plans), which have tax and growth advantages to individual saving plans. (