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Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Regulations Announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.  This is a significant act and will go a long way in helping your employees and their families make wiser choices when they eat out or use your company vending machine. We know that transparency changes behavior!   Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments

CMS Announces ACA Transitional Reinsurance Fee for 2016

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations in the form of the 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters . The proposed regulations address a number of issues, including the transitional reinsurance program (TRP) fee. Under Section 1341 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), during the first three years that state health insurance exchanges are operational... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments

In-Patient Hospitalization Requirements Finalized for Minimum Value Plans

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations in the form of the  2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters . The proposed regulations address a number of issues, including in-patient hospitalization requirements for minimum value plans. The proposed regulations formalize guidance provided in IRS Notice 2014-69 (released on November 4) addressing the glitch in the HHS minimum... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments

IRS Closes Loophole on Minimal Value Plans

The Internal Revenue Service, in a surprise move, said it will not qualify employer-sponsored health plans that fail to cover inpatient hospitalization as meeting the minimum value health plan standard under the Affordable Care Act.  In a notice issued under the public radar on Election Day, the IRS says it, the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services believe that plans that fail to provide substantial coverage for inpatient hospitalization services or for... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Engaging Employees Year Round Ranks as #1 Communication Challenge for Employers

Most employers (56%) say improving employees’ understanding and perceived value of benefits is their main focus, yet companies still lack personalized benefits communication at a time when it’s commonly expected by employees.   These are among the findings of a new survey of more than 330 employers conducted by the non-profit National Business Coalition on Health and Benz Communications. A collaborative effort, the 2014 Inside Benefits Communication Survey gathered key data from... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Survey Shows Two in Five US Workers Missed Work Due to Depression

Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of U.S. respondents indicated they have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime and two in five (nearly 40 percent) of those patients reported taking time off of work – an average of 10 days a year – as a result of their diagnosis.  These findings are just a few of the key outcomes stemming from The Impact of Depression at Work Audit (IDeA), evaluating the societal and economic burden of depression in the workplace.  See complete news release... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014 | 0 comments


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