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Friday, 23 April 2021 16:39

Action Needed on ARPA's COBRA Provisions

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During the past month we have been fielding all sorts of questions regarding the 100% premium subsidies for COBRA coverage for Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs) under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). One of the biggest misconceptions is that employers who have a TPA that handles their COBRA administration might…
Thursday, 18 March 2021 12:09

Test Your ACA Knowledge With a Quiz

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March marks the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Are you an “ACA Guru,” or could your ACA knowledge use a refresher? Take the 10-question Alera ACA Quiz to find out! If you have any questions about whether your plans and employer policies are ACA-compliant, contact your Fall River…
Thursday, 04 March 2021 10:47

How ARPA Impacts Employers

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The American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021. The Act allowed for various extensions related to the FFCRA’s Paid Leave and FMLA provisions, relief for Health FSAs and Dependent Care Accounts, enhanced Premium Tax Credits for Marketplace coverage, and a 100% premium…
Wednesday, 03 February 2021 10:59

EEOC Proposed Wellness Rules

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With everything going on related to COVID, it might be easy to miss that the EEOC recently issued new proposed wellness program rules after a long period of silence regarding wellness incentives and how to handle the concerns of the ADA and GINA. However, these proposed changes are important to…
Thursday, 14 January 2021 10:32

Progress in the Fight Against Surprise Billing

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Over the past few years, surprise billing has been a very hot topic and a huge source of frustration for members affected by it. One large unexpected bill from a health care provider or facility can be financially and emotionally devastating for patients that have already endured a surgery or…
Monday, 16 November 2020 13:38

Proposition 118 Has Passed in Colorado

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While there were many uncertainties on election night this November, we did learn that Colorado voters passed Proposition 118 for Paid Family and Medical Leave. The new law will require employers state-wide to provide 12 weeks of paid time off for certain family situations beginning in 2024.
Friday, 09 October 2020 10:59

Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

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The Medical Loss Ratio obligations under the ACA cap the percentage of premium dollars health insurers may use for administration, marketing, and profits. If a health insurer collects more than the allowed amount for these spending categories, they must provide a rebate to affected groups. A few of the medical…
The COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 has created new challenges for families and employers, and has sparked much discussion about a more formal Family and Medical Leave policy. On the upcoming Colorado November ballot is Proposition 118, which introduces a Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program for eligible employees with…
After Colorado’s Legislature returned in late May to one of the most unusual legislative sessions in recent history, a flurry of bills was introduced and passed in an abrupt end to the legislative cycle. Among the approved pieces of legislation was SB-205 or “Healthy Families and Workplaces Act” requiring new…
There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has created various financial constraints on Americans. From job losses and furloughs to the need for continued healthcare coverage and tax savings, our communities are feeling the pain. To provide some economic relief, the IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) recently released more…
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