Insurance News

  • DOL Publishes Guidance on $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees January 17, 2022
    Federal Contractors Can Use New Guidance To Understand and Implement EO 14026 On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2022 1 to help federal contractors understand and implement a $15 minimum wage
  • Supreme Court Stays OSHA ETS Vaccination and Testing Mandate January 14, 2022
    Employers Are Not Required to Comply with the Vaccination or Testing Mandate At This Time On Jan. 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled to stay the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) vaccination and testing
  • Supreme Court Reinstates Vaccine Requirement for Health Care Workers January 14, 2022
    CMS Likely Will Resume Enforcement of the Emergency Rule  On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court dissolved the temporary injunctions blocking enforcement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency rule requiring COVID 19 vaccination of certain
  • Agencies Issue Guidance on Coverage of OTC COVID-19 Tests January 10, 2022
    Coverage of OCT COVID 19 Test To Be Covered Without Health Care Provided Involvement On Jan. 10, 2022, the Depts. of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance regarding the requirements for group health plans
  • CDC Recommends Shorter COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine December 30, 2021
    Asymptomatic Individuals Must Now Isolate For Five Days  On Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced its recommended periods for COVID 19 isolation (confirmed COVID 19 infection) and quarantine (potential COVID
  • New York Adopts Final Regulations for Paid Sick Leave December 29, 2021
    The New York State Department of Labor has adopted final regulations for the state’s paid sick leave law. The regulations are unchanged from the Dec. 9, 2020, proposed regulations and cover the topics of definitions, documentation, employee count and accruals.
  • NYC Employers Must Allow Leave for Child COVID-19 Vaccinations December 28, 2021
    New York City has enacted a law requiring employers to provide paid leave for employees to accompany their children to COVID-19 vaccination appointments and care for them during vaccine recovery.
  • Supreme Court to Hold Hearings on Federal Vaccine Mandates December 24, 2021
    OSHA Will Delay Enforcement Until January 10 On Dec. 22, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments regarding whether two federal vaccine requirements can be enforced while legal appeals are in process. On Jan. 7,
  • Court Reinstates OSHA Vaccination Mandate for Private Employers December 19, 2021
    The Reinstatement Allows OSHA To Implement And Enforce Compliance With The ETS Nationwide  On Friday Dec. 17, 2021 the 6th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals reinstated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID
  • IRS Announces 2022 Standard Mileage Rates December 17, 2021
    On Dec. 17, 2021, the IRS issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

GROUP INSURANCE FAQ’S

  • Optima Health Questions
  • Anthem and Aetna Questions
  • COBRA Questions

 

*OPTIMA FAQ’s

Do members need a referral to see specialists? No, they don’t. All of Optima’s plans (HMO, POS and PPO) are all considered Open Access. By definition, this means that they may go to any provider set within limits of their plan.

Can groups have more than one option? Yes! Optima is now allowing groups to have dual options all the way down to 2 lives.

What is the deadline to get my Small Group (2-50) enrolled with Optima? Optima still allows Small Group enrollment if paperwork is received by the 10th of the month coverage is effective in. Please note that the 10th doesn’t always fall on a business day, so please contact Elizabeth or Terry for the final date. Remind your groups that the paperwork will still require normal processing time so the later the group enrollment is submitted the group numbers, ID cards, etc. could also be delayed.

Do members have to select a PCP? If they are using a Doctor for their primary care, it is best for them to notify Optima who that provider is. If one is not selected, Optima will select one that is closest to their home zip code. Their PCP can be changed by simply making a request to do so.

What is the employer contribution for small group? There is no minimum employer contribution level in small group (2-50). Keep in mind for the small group self-funded (15-50) plans-on a monthly basis, the employer must contribute a minimum of 50 percent of the employee premium. It must be fair, equitable, and non-discriminatory toward any employee class.

*ANTHEM AND AETNA FAQ’s

Can you write a husband and wife group for health insurance with Anthem? No, due to ACA regulations. You have to have a 3rd employee. That 3rd employee can either enroll or have a valid waiver.

How about Aetna? No, due to ACA regulations, but if you have a 3rd employee, they can either enroll or waive.

Can a dual option contain an HMO plan and a PPO with Anthem and Aetna? Yes, it sure can.

Do you need a VEC report to install a new group with Anthem and Aetna? Yes. If you do not have one, please call us to discuss options depending on the carrier.

Can you terminate an employee the beginning of the month? No, they are terminated the end of the month. This is for both Anthem and Aetna.

How do you terminate a group with Anthem and Aetna? Please submit a request in writing on the group’s letterhead, with the group number and date of termination. Signed and dated by the decision maker of the group.

*COBRA FAQ’s

Which employers are subject to COBRA? Generally, the COBRA law applies to private sector employers that employed at least 20 or more employees on more than 50 percent of its typical business days in the previous calendar year. The law does not apply to churches.

How much does COBRA coverage cost the member? Normally the COBRA members will pay 100% of the premium. The group or third-party administrator may also charge an additional 2% administration fee.

When are COBRA premiums due? Plans must provide members at least 45 days after the COBRA election to make the initial premium payment. After that a plan must give at least a 30-day grace period for ongoing payments.

Do COBRA notices need to be sent to employees/spouses when they are first added to a plan? YES! The COBRA General Notice must be provided within the first 90 days of coverage. The purpose of this notice is to describe their COBRA rights.

How much does Glandon Resources charge employers for COBRA Administration service? Our fee is simply an annual fee of $16 per employee listed on the group’s most recent health bill. There are no monthly fees in addition to that.