Insurance News

  • Oklahoma Enacts Employee Payroll Deposit and Card Laws May 17, 2022
    Employers May Choose to Pay Employee Wages Through Deposit or Payroll Card (in Some Cases) at Their Discretion On May 5, 2022, Oklahoma adopted senate bill (SB) 1345 to allow employers the option of paying employee wages through payroll cards.
  • Delaware Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Law May 16, 2022
    Delaware has enacted the Healthy Delaware Families Act, requiring job-protected paid family and medical leave for Delaware employees. The leave is funded by employer and employee contributions that begin Jan. 1, 2025. Benefits become available Jan. 1, 2026. 
  • Virginia Aligns Overtime Pay Laws with FLSA May 2, 2022
    Beginning July 1, Virginia Employers Will Need To Follow FLSA Overtime Pay Requirements And Exemptions On April 11, 2022, Virginia amended its overtime wage laws to follow federal overtime pay provisions set by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Tennessee Employers to Provide Veterans Day as Nonpaid Holiday May 2, 2022
    An Exemption Applies for Public Health, Safety or Significant Disruptions On April 20, 2022, Tennessee adopted a new law that requires employers to allow employees who are veterans to have the entirety of Veteran’s Day as a non paid holiday
  • IRS Releases 2023 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits April 29, 2022
    Inflation Adjusted Contribution Limits and HDHP Amounts to Increase  The IRS has announced the 2023 inflation adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code. Annual Contribution LimitsFor calendar year 2023, the annual
  • Alabama to Require Family Leave for Adoptive Parents April 28, 2022
    Alabama has passed the Adoption Promotion Act, requiring employers that provide paid leave for biological parents to offer paid leave to adoptive parents as well.
  • Nebraska Simplifies Youth Employment Certificate Process April 28, 2022
    School Principals To Authorize Youth Employment Certificates On April 20, 2022, Nebraska amended its child labor laws to streamline the process for approving youth employment certificates. The amended provisions become effective on July 19, 2022.  Youth Employment Certificates
  • Tennessee Amends Work Authorization Verification Requirements April 28, 2022
    Employers With 35 Or More Employees Will Need To Use E Verify On April 19, 2022, Tennessee adopted House Bill (HB) 1853 and amended some of the state’s requirements for employer use of E Verify (the federal government’s
  • Tennessee Repeals Subminimum Wage for Employees With Disabilities April 27, 2022
    Tennessee Employers Should Adjust Their Payroll Processes To Ensure Compliance By July 1 On April 20, 2022, Tennessee repealed the state’s minimum wage exemption for employees with disabilities. As a result, employees with disabilities in Tennessee must receive wages at
  • Maine Extends Scope of Its Whistleblowers’ Protection Act April 21, 2022
    Collective Bargaining Agreements May No Longer Shield Employers From Whistleblower Discrimination Claims On April 12, 2022, Maine adopted LD 1889, a bill that extends the scope of the state’s Whistleblowers' Protection Act (the Act) to include employees who work

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.