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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 to lower 2022 ACA affordability rate

The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2021-36, lowering the affordability threshold for the 2022 calendar year to 9.61% of household income from the 2021 threshold of 9.83%. This percentage is used to determine an individual’s eligibility for a premium tax credit and the affordability of...

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COBRA, FSA, HRA deadlines extended for additional one-year period

The pronouncement of the COVID-19 National Emergency declared by President Donald Trump in March of 2020, temporarily changed certain deadlines for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and COBRA. Just days before the one-year period was set to expire,...

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Blue KC members submit reimbursement form for OTC COVID-19 tests

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) members can be reimbursed for over-the-counter (OTC), FDA-approved COVID-19 tests by submitting a Blue KC-provided claim form. The OTC COVID-19 test benefit includes up to eight tests per member per month. Members must provide a copy of the receipt...

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Humana outlines two options to obtain no-cost OTC COVID-19 tests

Humana has identified two options for members to purchase over-the-counter (OTC), FDA-approved COVID-19 diagnostic kits to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) directive released last week. The DOL requirement took effect January 15.

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Cigna explains reimbursement process for OTC COVID-19 tests

Claim form should be submitted providing test purchase date and cost

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UHC addresses process to provide OTC COVID-19 kits

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has released information on how UHC members can obtain over-the-counter (OTC), FDA-approved COVID-19 diagnostic kits to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) directive released last week. The DOL requirement took effect January 15.UHC has established a preferred...

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Supreme Court blocks OSHA ETS mandating employee vaccination, masking, testing requirements

The Supreme Court ruled today that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have the power to implement its emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring large employers (100-plus employees) to ensure their employees are vaccinated or undergo weekly testing and wear masks...

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DOL addresses reimbursement for OTC COVID-19 tests

Reimbursement not required for employment-purposes testing

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Humana COVID-19 Frequently Asked questions

Qualified testing remains at $0 cost-share; member responsible for cost of non-qualified testing

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