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Attain by Aetna wellness program discontinued

Effective February 1, 2023, Aetna will no longer offer their Attain by Aetna wellness program to new or renewing small and large groups. Users currently participating in the program can continue to earn and redeem points until the discontinuation. Enrollment for the Earn Your Watch benefit within...

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Employers have option to amend cafeteria plan allowing mid-year plan change for employees eligible for premium tax credits

In concert with the recently released IRS final rule, allowing more families to receive premium tax credits (PTCs) through Healthcare.gov, the IRS released Notice 2022-41. The notice allows employers to modify cafeteria plan rules to allow mid-year plan changes when an employee’s household is...

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IRS addresses family glitch affecting premium tax credit eligibility

Since our August update on a proposed IRS rule, a final rule was released that eliminates the long- criticized “family glitch” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to the new rule, family eligibility for premium tax credits (PTCs) through Healthcare.gov was based on the cost of coverage for an...

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EEOC releases updated poster

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal poster this past week. 

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IRS increases FSA 2023 contribution limits

Flexible spending account (FSA) contributions for 2023 will rise to $3,050, an increase of $200 from the 2022 limit. The limit also applies to limited-purpose FSAs used to reimburse only dental and vision care services. If an employer plan permits carryover of unused health FSA funds, the carryover...

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Creditable/non-creditable coverage notice due by October 15

Employers have an annual obligation to issue a creditable or non-creditable coverage notice to all plan participants who are Medicare-eligible, including dependents and retirees. The notice, due by October 15, informs Medicare-eligible participants whether their prescription drug coverage is as...

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IRS lowers ACA affordability rate for 2023

The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2022-34, lowering the affordability threshold for the 2023 calendar year to 9.12% of annual household income from the 2022 threshold of 9.61%. This percentage is used to determine an individual’s eligibility for a premium tax credit (PTC) through...

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Western Missouri Medical Center joins BlueSelect Plus Network

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) has expanded its BlueSelect Plus network to include Western Missouri Medical Center located in Warrensburg, Mo. The addition increases the number of hospitals in the network to 13.

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Aetna announces prescription drug list changes

Effective July 1, 2022, Aetna will change the Advanced Control-Aetna formulary for all fully insured and self-insured groups. Changes address refill quantities and non-formulary, preferred brand and specialty drug categories.

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Blue KC prescription drug list update

Blue KC is updating their prescription drug list, as well as opening a new Spira Care location in Independence, Missouri. 

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