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Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Inside this issue: Court orders EEOC to reconsider wellness rules Medicare Part D Notices due by October 14, 2017 Equifax data breach FSAs and HSAs gaining popularity Anthem electronic member ID cards coming soon Click here for more...
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Inside this issue: IRS confirms ACA mandate penalties still effective. Draft forms for 2017 ACA reporting released. Department of Labor considers new overtime rule. Click here for more newsletter details.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Posted in Benefits Briefs
The health insurance spotlight has fallen on Anthem for two unrelated events affecting the Individual and Employer Sponsored (group) markets. The Individual Market: Anthem announced on Friday, August 10th that they are withdrawing from the...
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Inside this issue: PCORI Fees Due by July 31st Affordability Percentages will Decrease for 2018 Are Summer Interns Subject to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay?  Click here for more newsletter details.
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Inside this issue: Senate Releases Draft ACA Replacement Bill Down but Not Out: The Future of Healthcare Reform Webinar News from Anthem CMS Issuing New Medicare Cards Starting April 2018 Click here for more newsletter details. 
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Inside this issue: The AHCA:  What you need to know 2017 Pay or Play and Affordability Amounts Announced IRS Sets 2018 HSA Contribution Limits News from Optima Health:  Quarterly Pharmacy Changes Click here for more newsletter details. 
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Inside this issue: Down But Not Out - The Future of the ACA and Healthcare Reform Webinar Anthem:  Chesapeake Emergency Physicians Signs New Contract with Anthem Anthem:  Credit Protection Program for Minors Optima:  Requesting Group Size...
Friday, November 18th, 2016
Inside this issue: 2016 Election - Impact on Compliance Issues, Employer Reporting Webinars, Optima Health News - Quarterly Pharmacy Update, CMS News - Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced, IRS Announces 2017 Tax Rates,...
Friday, September 16th, 2016
Inside this issue: Medicare Part D Credible Coverage Notices Due by October 14th, Form I-9 Noncompliance Fine Increase, Compliance Webinars, Anthem Small Groups to Receive MLR Rebates New Specialty Pharmacy from Optima and Sentara Click...
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Inside this issue: Compliance Checkup Webinar, Anthem Small Groups to Receive MLR Rebates, 5 Health Insurance Tips for Overseas Travelers, HHS Issues Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination Provisions, Marketplace Letters to Employers, DOL's New...
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Inside this issue:  United Concordia Dental Termination Letters, ACA Reporting Deadline TODAY, Marketplace Letters to Employers, PCORI Fees Due July 31, Upcoming Training, Social Security Number Collection Underway, New Overtime Pay Rules Released,...
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Posted in Benefits Briefs
Patient First is pleased to announce our Virginia medical centers are once again able to care for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members.
Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Benefits Briefs
Upcoming ACA Deadlines (Large and Self-Insured Employers): ACA reporting deadlines for the 2015 calendar year are quickly approaching. PCORI Fees Due July 31: The ACA imposes an annual fee to help fund the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The fee applies to policy or plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2012, and before Oct. 1, 2019. PCORI fees are due by July 31st of each year using IRS Form 720.
Friday, April 29th, 2016
Inside this issue: Marketplace Letters to Employers, Anthem Change for Dependents of Medicare Eligible, Upcoming Training Events, OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program, Employer Reporting Guide and DOL Audit Guide, Accident Policies, New Functionality on OptimaHealth.com.
Friday, April 1st, 2016
Posted in Benefits Briefs
The deadline for furnishing individuals with 1094 and 1095 B and C forms is March 31st.  The due date for filing forms with the IRS has been extended from February 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016 (or March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016, if filing...
Monday, February 29th, 2016
Inside this issue: ACA Tax Forms, Anthem Network Change, Medicare: Who pays first? Ending a Members Coverage, Virginia Small Employer Definition, Pharmacy Prior Authorization Mandate, Voluntary Benefits.
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Posted in Benefits Briefs
Be on the lookout for a letter from CMS requiring employers to log on to CMS' website to report on how many Medicare eligible employees they have.