The State of the Union Address and the Employee Benefits Market

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, President Donald Trump delivered the 2019 State of the Union Address (SOTU). The SOTU is an annual message delivered by the president to a joint session of Congress at the beginning of each year. At this year’s SOTU, President Trump discussed issues that have the …

CVS Health Completes Acquisition of Aetna

Announced November 28, 2018, CVS Health, the nation’s premier health innovation company, has completed its acquisition of Aetna. This venture is speculated to have transformative impacts on the industry and the way consumers access health care. In an announcement released yesterday, Aetna revealed that the goal of the acquisition is …

UPMC Continues Its Expansion in Pennsylvania

The UPMC Health Plan and network, primarily utilized throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania, is continuing its rapid expansion into the Eastern region of the state. Effective January 1st, 2019, UPMC’s insurance product lines will now be available throughout the majority of Pennsylvania, with the exception of the 5 counties of …

Impact of the Election on the ACA

Interesting times…. The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and its volumes of regulations have been the law of the land since 2010. Implementation was sometimes messy (the exchange websites), confusing (1095-C coding), and unreliable (late December extensions of filing deadlines). However, it is the law, and employers have spent billions of dollars to comply. While …