Insurance News

  • DOL Updates Regular Rate of Pay Rules December 13, 2019
    Final Rule Clarifies What to Include in the Regular Rate On Dec. 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced a new final rule that clarifies how to calculate an employee’s regular wage rate under the Fair Labor Standards
  • DOL Issues 2020 Form W-4 December 13, 2019
    Employers Must Begin Using the New Form Jan. 1 On Dec. 5, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service released an updated version of its W 4 form, also known as the “Employee’s Withholding Certificate.”  Employers use IRS
  • Court Halts San Antonio Paid Sick Leave November 27, 2019
    San Antonio’s paid sick leave law will not go into effect Dec. 1 as scheduled as a result of a temporary injunction granted Nov. 22.
  • DOL Proposes Revisions to Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method November 13, 2019
    Comments on Proposed Rule are Due by Dec. 5 On Nov. 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule to update the “fluctuating workweek” method for calculating employee overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • California Increases Overtime Threshold for Medical and Computer Employee Exemptions November 8, 2019
    New Requirements Take Effect Jan. 1, 2020 The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has published updates to the minimum salary threshold that computer employees, physicians and surgeons must receive in order to qualify for the state’s overtime exemptions. The
  • 2020 QSEHRA Contribution Limit Announced November 7, 2019
    Contribution Limit to Increase in 2020  The IRS has announced that the contribution limit for qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) will be $5,250 per employee and $10,600 per family in 2020. For 2019, the contribution limit is $5,150
  • 2020 Health FSA Contribution Limit Announced November 7, 2019
    Contribution Limit to Increase $50 in 2020 The IRS has announced that the contribution limit for health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) will be $2,750 in 2020. For 2019, the contribution limit is $2,700.
  • IRS Releases 2020 Retirement Contribution Limits November 6, 2019
    The IRS has announced that the amounts employees can contribute to 401(k)s and some IRAs will increase in 2020.
  • HHS Rescinds Health Plan Identifier (HPID) under HIPAA October 29, 2019
    On Oct. 25, 2019, HHS released a final rule that officially withdraws the HPID requirement.
  • Washington's Domestic Violence Poster Is Now Available October 24, 2019
    New Law Took Effect July 28 Last May, Washington adopted a new law requiring employers to display a poster about domestic violence. The poster was published recently by the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) and it includes instructions employees can follow

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.