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DOL releases required FFCRA model notice

As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employers with fewer than 500 employees must post a Department of Labor (DOL) model notice informing employees of their rights to emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave for reasons linked to COVID-19.

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What to know about coronavirus-related insurance claims

The coronavirus outbreak continues to impact day-to-day business, and employers are seeking clarity on coronavirus-related insurance claims. Below, we have outlined basic guidance regarding coronavirus for workers’ compensation, business income insurance and health insurance.

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Congress passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a package of provisions providing relief to workers and families. The law, which takes effect no later than April 2, provides paid sick leave, free coronavirus...

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Health insurance carriers prepare for coronavirus

As confirmed coronavirus cases hit the Kansas City area, health insurance carriers are releasing provisions to help protect and care for their members. Below is a list of specific actions taken by major carriers.

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Aetna announces prescription drug list changes

Changes to affect Aetna Value Plus and Advanced Control-Aetna members

Effective April 1, 2020, Aetna will utilize an updated Value Plus formulary and Advanced Control-Aetna formulary. The Aetna Standard formulary for self-insured members remains unchanged. 

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Know your 1095-B reporting responsibilities

Self-funded employers under 50 are required to submit 1094-B and 1095-B reporting forms to the IRS and distribute forms to employees despite the 2019 repeal of the individual mandate. 1094-B and 1095-B reporting forms are due to the IRS February 28, 2020, and employees should receive forms by...

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Employers must utilize updated Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated paper and electronic editions of Form I-9. Employers must begin using the new form by May 1, 2020; until then employers can choose to use the Form I-9 dated July 17, 2017 or the new edition dated October 21, 2019. As a...

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Missouri minimum wage increases to $9.45 an hour for 2020

Missouri voters approved Proposition B during the 2018 midterm elections, which will raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. Missouri’s minimum wage rate increased from $8.60 an hour in 2019 to $9.45 an hour in 2020 and is expected to increase 85 cents per year through 2023.

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Blue KC releases new virtual health care app

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) now offers a new app, called Blue KC Virtual Care, for online health care visits. With the app, members can schedule a video visit with a physician for sick care needs and a behavioral health therapist for mental health needs.

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Online creditable coverage disclosure due annually

An online disclosure notice must be submitted to CMS no later than 60 days from the beginning of a plan year. The notice requires employers to verify whether the company’s prescription drug coverage is “creditable” or “noncreditable” as defined by CMS. This is an annual requirement.

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