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Employers Must Consider Application of MLR Rebates

The Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act require insurers to spend at least a specified percentage of employees’ premium dollars on clinical ...
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EEOC Confirms Protections for Transgender Employees and Job Applicants

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently held that discrimination against transgender employees and job applicants is prohibited under Title VII of ...
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The service experience of our clients and their employees is very important to BAS. In addition to providing our clients with comprehensive benefits eligibility ...
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OCR Announces HIPAA Audit Protocol

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and ...
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Question of the Week - Dependent Day Care Reimbursement for ...

  • BAS
  • 26.07.2012
Q. - My daughter will be attending an after-school math enrichment program next school year while I am at work. I have been told that the cost of the program cannot be ...
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Health Insurance Exchanges Important for Small Businesses

Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges are a major component of health care reform. Beginning in 2014, each state must offer individuals the opportunity to purchase ...
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Third Circuit provides Guidance on Joint Employment for FLSA

Dual-employment is a serious concern for some employers. Joint-employment issues may arise when individuals work among parent corporations, subsidiaries and affiliates, ...
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Question of the Week - FSA Reimbursement of Orthodontia Up-front & ...

  • BAS
  • 19.07.2012
Q. - My daughter is getting braces on her teeth. The orthodontist requires us to pay an up-front amount, and then pro-rate the remaining cost over the length of her ...
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Loss and Theft – Common Sources of HIPAA HITECH Breaches

The HITECH amendments to HIPAA require covered entities to report what HITECH considers a "breach" of unsecured electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI). If ...
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Confirmation of Qualifying Event Email Helps Prevent Employer COBRA ...

The self-service MyEnroll.com portal is an easy and efficient way for plan administrators and their designees to process and launch COBRA qualifying event notices. The ...
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Question of the Week

  • BAS
  • 12.07.2012
Q.- I have cancer and I am using medically-prescribed marijuana as part of my treatment. May I be reimbursed from my health FSA for the cost of the marijuana?
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Mobile Device Security

Consider the following scenario: Joe Tech, HR Benefits Manager for ABC, Inc. accesses his work email on his personal smartphone via webmail. Joe carries his smartphone ...
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Form 5500 Filing Requirement

Employers with calendar year benefit plans should be gearing up for the Form 5500 filing deadline, which is quickly approaching. Unless an extension is requested, ...
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Form W-2 Reporting of Health Coverage Under Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act created a new health coverage reporting requirement intended to provide employees useful and comparable consumer information about the cost of ...
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Question of the Week

  • BAS
  • 05.07.2012
Q. I am a COBRA continuant and I am enrolling in Medicare. My initial qualifying event was termination of employment. Since my wife and children were covered under my ...
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Revocation of HIPAA Authorization

There are many reasons that an employee might want to execute a HIPAA Authorization Form, which allows an employee to designate a personal representative to interact ...
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IRS Increases Scrutiny of COBRA Compliance

The IRS recently updated the guidelines its agents use to conduct COBRA compliance audits. The COBRA audit guidelines are not directly aimed at employers, but employers ...
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What Health Care Reform Means to Employers and Employees

Last week we provided a detailed analysis of the United States Supreme Court's ruling in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius holding that the ...
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