Monthly Archives

July 2010

Health Care Reform: Transition Relief Available For Grandfathered Plans

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The health care reform law exempts “grandfathered” plans from certain health care reform requirements, such as no cost-sharing for preventive care and other patient protections. If your company sponsored a plan on March 23, 2010, it may be considered a grandfathered plan.

Wellness Wednesday: High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition in which one’s resting blood pressure is consistently measured at 140/90 or greater. Nearly one in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure.
Each time the heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Blood pressure is highest when the heart beats (called systolic pressure) and lowest when at rest (diastolic pressure).

Health Care Reform: Preventive Care Coverage Guidelines Issued

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires new health plans to cover preventive health services without imposing cost-sharing requirements for the services. On July 14, 2010, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury issued interim final rules relating to coverage of preventive services.

Wellness Wednesday: Better Night’s Sleep

The Importance of a Good Night’s
Sleep
Getting enough sleep isn’t always possible with our busy schedules, and we’ve all had trouble sleeping at one time or another. But inadequate sleep and the fatigue you feel as a result is a bigger problem than you may think.
Fatigue causes drowsiness, moodiness, loss of energy, inability to focus, and lack of motivation and alertness.

Health Care Reform: Potential Penalties For Employers Under the “Pay or Play’ Rules

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (together, PPACA), brings many changes to employers and health plans. One such change essentially amounts to a requirement for some employers to offer health care coverage to employees.

Health Care Reform: Interim Final Rules on a Patients’ Bill of Rights

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Departments of Treasury, Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued interim final rules related to the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) regarding pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime and annual limits, rescissions and other patient protections.

Wellness Wednesday: Low-Cost Strategies to Address Workplace Fatigue

You have a wellness program to help your employees be healthier and more productive, and to lower your health care costs, but you may be missing an important aspect of your employees’ health: fatigue. Fatigue in the workplace is a serious problem – one survey found that 38 percent of employees surveyed reported feeling fatigued sometime in their past two weeks at work.

Health Care Reform: New Form W-2 Reporting Requirements

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted on March 23, 2010 and amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 on March 30, 2010. Health care reform brings a number of changes to employers and plan sponsors.

Health Care Reform: Applications for Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Now Being Accepted

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provides for the establishment of an Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) to provide reimbursement to participating employer-based plans that provide coverage to early retirees.

Wellness Wednesday: Designing the Healthy Vending Machine

When you think vending machine, does your mouth salivate as you dream of the scrumptious treats that are waiting for you at the click of a button and drop of a coin? Highly doubtful… yet they do the trick when hard-working employees miss lunch, have afternoon hunger pains or have to stay late at work.

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