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FFCRA amendments provide greater clarity

The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) recently released revised regulations affecting implementation of the emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The amendments are effective...

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CMS coverage notices due October 15

Employers have an annual obligation to issue a CMS coverage notice to all Medicare-eligible plan participants, including dependents and retirees. The notice informs Medicare-eligible participants whether their prescription coverage is at least as good as Medicare’s.

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DOL releases marketplace notice

Since 2013, employers have been responsible for providing employees one of two Insurance Marketplace notices summarizing their health insurance options. There is no annual obligation to provide the notice to all employees, rather employers must provide the notice to all new hires, regardless of...

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Blue KC extends coronavirus coverages

Given the National Public Health Emergency has been extended to October 23, 2020, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) will maintain current COVID-19 policies through October 23:

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IRS to raise 2021 affordability rate

The IRS recently raised the affordability threshold for the 2021 calendar year to 9.83% of household income from the 2020 threshold of 9.78%. This percentage is used to determine an individual’s eligibility for a premium tax credit and the affordability of employer-sponsored coverage. Failure to...

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UHC extends COVID-19 response policies

In response to the extension of the National Public Health Emergency, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) is updating its COVID-19 response policies to match the October 22, 2020, extension. This means UHC will continue to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing, test-related visits, treatment and related...

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Employers must abide by state-legislated mask requirements

Recently, several states adopted requirements for the general public to wear masks outside their homes. Because this includes the workplace, employers in these states are advised to develop a compliant mask policy

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Understand your PPP loan forgiveness eligibility

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were the saving grace for many small businesses over the past two months. However, the forgiveness qualifications continue to evolve, leaving business owners confused and wondering if they’ll meet forgiveness requirements.

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Track COBRA, FSA and HRA deadline shifts

The pandemic interrupted processes globally, and employee health benefits are no exception. Certain deadlines temporarily changed for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), COBRA and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

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Blue KC provides employer group assistance

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) established new assistance programs and COVID-19 relief policy extensions to aid employer groups during the outbreak.

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