United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

CMS Requires Prescription Drug Coverage Reporting under Section 111 MSP Reporting

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Oct 3, 2019 9:18:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its Section 111 Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) User Guide and issued FAQs that require responsible reporting entities (RREs) to submit primary prescription drug coverage information as part of their Section 111 MSP Mandatory reporting requirements effective January 1, 2020.

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Topics: prescription drug coverage, compliance recap

Millennials and Gen Z will Drive Employee Perks in 2020

Posted by: Krys Reid    Oct 1, 2019 8:27:00 AM

When we hire younger employees and then worry about retaining them, it is pretty evident these days that perks could make or break your results. Competing during a talent shortage changes the game and requires employers to understand the benefits that are important to these generations.  We all know that salary is not the primary reason for leaving a job.

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Topics: UBA Partner Firm, employee perks, Millennials in the Workforce, Work Remotely

Incentivizing Corporate Wellness

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 26, 2019 10:47:00 AM

Nearly every large employer offers some type of wellness program, but if your team feels you’ve “been there, done that,” maybe it’s time to revisit your definition of wellness. With the expansion of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in the west, modern wellness applications are so much more than just eating veggies and stepping on a scale.

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Topics: wellness incentives, wellness programs, healthy lifestyles, HR Elements

IRS Releases Private Letter Ruling Regarding Section 213(d) Medical Care Expenses

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Sep 24, 2019 10:15:00 AM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a private letter ruling (Letter) regarding whether the price of a DNA collection kit – specifically services and reports related to a person’s health that are generated from analyzing the collected DNA – qualify as Section 213(d) medical care expenses.

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Topics: IRS, compliance recap, DNA Collection Kit, Medical Care Expenses

Expansion of the Remote Workforce

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 19, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Laptop on, loafers off. 

According to one Cision study, more than 50% of the working works from home at least half of the week. Remote work is exploding in popularity, expanding by 91% over the last ten years and 159% over the last 12 years.

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Topics: employee benefits, productivity, HR Elements, Work Remotely, Work From Home

Hold on to Those Shades

Posted by: VSP Vision Care    Sep 17, 2019 11:32:09 AM

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you should put away your sunglasses.

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Topics: VSP Vision Care, vision benefits, VSP, UV Protection

DOL Issues Advisory Opinion on Intermittent FMLA Leave

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Sep 13, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an advisory opinion regarding whether an employee may take intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend special education meetings with a speech pathologist, school psychologist, and occupational therapist to discuss the employee’s children’s individualized education programs.

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Topics: FMLA, compliance recap, Individualized Education Programs

Addressing Marijuana Usage and Testing in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 11, 2019 6:20:41 PM

Recreational cannabis legalization is rolling out across the United States, and many employers are faced with a big, hazy question: how should they address drug testing in the workplace? Eleven states have legalized recreational marijuana and 33 others have legalized medical marijuana. It’s safe to say that in the next few months or years this topic will hit nearly every employer nationally.

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Topics: HR Elements, Marijuana Legalization, Workplace Regulations

Treasury, DOL, and HHS Issue FAQs on Enforcement of Final 2020 Benefit and Parameters Rule

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Sep 6, 2019 3:52:44 PM

On August 26, 2019, the Treasury, Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) issued FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 40 (FAQs) regarding enforcement of the final rule.

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Topics: HHS, DOL, compliance recap

Fighting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 4, 2019 5:39:06 PM

We are all familiar with overt biases in the workplace. From off-color jokes to discriminatory hiring practices, the experience of conscious bias is an unfortunate reality for many women and men at all levels of corporate hierarchy.

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Topics: HR Elements, Unconscious Bias, Proactive Training, implicit bias