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President Trump Makes First Moves Towards ACA Repeal | Chicago Benefit Advisors

Last Friday, one of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office was to make good on a campaign promise to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He issued Executive Order 13765, Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal. The one-page executive order (EO) is effective … Continued

Difference Between Basic Insurance & Major Medical Insurance | Chicago Benefit Advisors

Choosing a health care plan often comes down to cost, but don’t forget to compare the monthly premium with the amount of coverage you get. Major medical insurance is designed to cover you during everything from routine check-ups to major catastrophic events. Basic health insurance, by contrast, is a cash reimbursement service that can help … Continued

DOL Increases Penalty Amounts to Adjust for Inflation | Chicago Benefit Advisors

For the second time in less than a year the Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the DOL. The increases were announced in a final rule issued by the DOL on January 18, 2017. The increases were made pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act … Continued

Department of Labor Form 5500’s Time-Intensive and Expensive Reporting Requirements Painful for Small Employers | Illinois Employee Benefits

Proposed regulations for revising and greatly expanding the Department of Labor (DOL) Form 5500 reporting are set to take effect in 2019. Currently, the non-retirement plan reporting is limited to those employers that have more than 100 employees enrolled on their benefit plans, or those in a self-funded trust. The filings must be completed on … Continued

CMS Disclosure Requirement for Employer Health Plans | Chicago Employee Benefits

Do you offer health coverage to your employees? Does your group health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs? If so, federal law requires you to complete an online disclosure form every year with information about your plan’s drug coverage. You have 60 days from the start of your health plan year to complete the form. For … Continued

How Paid Parental Leave is Changing the Benefits Landscape | Chicago Benefit Advisors

When you hear the term “paid parental leave”, what do you think of? Here in the U.S., paid leave benefits are somewhat of a luxury. Although the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has made it possible for parents working at companies with 50 or more employees to secure 12 weeks of unpaid leave, the … Continued

Handling of Retaliation Complaints under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act | Chicago Employee Benefits

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a final rule on the procedures for the handling of whistleblower complaints under Section 1558 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations protect employees (which includes former employees and applicants for employment) who may have been subject to retaliation for seeking assistance under certain … Continued

What Employers Need to Know about the Medicare Secondary Payer Rules and the CMS Data Match Program

This webinar will help employers understand their responsibilities under the MSP provisions and best practices when completing the CMS Data Match report.

Identify and Evaluate the Impact of Your Wellness Program | Chicago Benefit Advisors

Measuring program value, or return on investment, is critical and imperative in managing a healthy wellness program. Further, clearly identifying and objectively evaluating the impact helps keep the vendor focused on what is critical for the employer. If these programs are not having the impact intended, then the cost of those services is only adding … Continued

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Cancer

Smoke usually rises, but smoking has actually been falling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 36.5 million adult Americans smoked cigarettes, which is down from 45.1 million in 2005.