Employer Mandate Final Regulations Issued

On Monday, the government released final regulations implementing the employer mandate under the affordable care act. The 227-page guidance provides clarification on previously issued rules and offers certain “transition relief” to employers subject to the employer mandate. Importantly, the final regulations offer employers “a gradual phase-in” of the employer mandate …

Are You in the Process of Filing Your Taxes?

Be aware that a large number of medical and dental expenses are tax deductible depending on your Adjusted Gross Income and Age. Using a Schedule A (Form 1040), you can deduct the part of your medical and dental expenses that is more than 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). …

A Message from Ruth

A new year’s message from our fearless leader, Ruth Graham… “Welcome to 2014! It is finally here and now all the anticipation becomes Reality. Much has been written about Healthcare Reform and what may or may not happen. The rollout for signing up on the exchanges has been problematic; some people …

W-2 Reporting of Total Cost of Health Coverage

Employers who issued 250 or more Forms W-2 in 2012 are required to report on their employees’ 2013 Forms W-2 the total cost of health care coverage.  This is the second year that this Affordable Care Act provision has been in place. The intention is to provide employees an opportunity …

Your New Year Wellness Resolutions

Below is the link for the January 2014 Wellness Newsletter. Featured in this newsletter is Resolutions, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes. Please share this information with your employees and their families via mail, e-mail or post it in a common area. January 2014 Newsletter

New IRS Guidance: FSAs & HSAs for Same-Sex Spouses

The IRS recently issued guidance on how flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts should be handled for same-sex couples in light of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year striking down DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act. Among other guidance, the IRS is allowing a cafeteria plan to …

Goals for 2014

It should come as no surprise to hear that there is a direct correlation between the cost of an organization’s health benefits and the lifestyle choices of the employees and their families. As the Affordable Care Act is unveiling itself and costs continue to rise, we are encouraging all of …

Flu Prevention

The feature article in this months newsletter is about flu prevention.  Please share this information with your employees via mail, e-mail or post it in a common area. We create this newsletter for you.  It gives you the opportunity to focus on the well-being of your employees. Have a very …

Thanksgiving Giving Project

Our Thanksgiving Giving Project this year is helping to feed the Hungry at Our Mother of Sorrows Church in West Philadelphia. Nancy Roche SSJ is the Parish Social Minister and she is dedicated to feeding the poor. She says “It is a privilege to be the upfront person, to be the …

Congratulations Are In Order!

Congratulations to our fearless compliance leader, Robin Norgaard, on the successful completion and certification in the requisite course of study ~ the Healthcare Reform Center & Policy Institute. Certificate: Healthcare Reform Specialist

Our Wellness Team in New Orleans!

Last week our Wellness Team participated in a Health and Wellness Fair for one of our international construction clients. The two-day fair was held at a work-site at the University Medical Center in New Orleans. Over 78 employees participated in full biometric screenings and over 670 construction workers participated in blood pressure …

Have You Scheduled Your Child’s Flu Shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Children with chronic conditions like asthma and heart disease should also be vaccinated. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have questions …

What is the Individual Mandate? How Does It Affect My Employees?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most Americans to have adequate health insurance beginning on January 1, 2014.  Those who do not get an “exemption” will pay a penalty for months during the year when they have no health insurance.  This “individual mandate” continues to be the subject of much …