Compliance Bulletin: Medicare Part D Notices are Due Before Oct 15, 2019

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals before Oct. 15, 2019—the start date of the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D. 

ACA Compliance Bulletin: IRS Confirms ACA Pay or Play Penalties Still Apply

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently released an information letter regarding the employer shared responsibility (pay or play) penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This information letter confirms that the pay or play penalties continue to apply for applicable large employers (ALEs) that fail to offer acceptable health coverage to their full-time employees (and dependents).

Compliance Bulletin: DOL Proposes Changes to FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed changes to the forms that are frequently used for administering employee leaves under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The DOL is asking for the public to comment on the proposed
revisions by Oct. 4, 2019. 

Compliance Bulletin: Federal Agencies Finalize Resources for Mental Health Parity Compliance

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury (Departments) have finalized resources to promote compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). MHPAEA requires parity between mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits and medical and surgical benefits.

Compliance Overview: Open Enrollment 2020 – Benefit Notices

Employers that sponsor group health plans should provide certain benefit notices in connection with their plans’ open enrollment periods. Some of these notices must be provided at open enrollment time, such as the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC). Other notices, such as the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) notice, must be distributed annually.

Compliance Bulletin: Parent Attendance at School IEP Meetings May Qualify as FMLA Leave

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an opinion letter clarifying that an employee’s need to attend school meetings addressing the educational and special needs of her children is a qualifying reason for taking FMLA leave. 

Live Well, Work Well – Mental Health: Suicide

Learn the facts about suicide with these statistics, as well as risk factors, prevention, how to get help and how to cope with suicide.

Mental Health and Your Workplace

1 in 5 Americans are affected by mental health and it is so important that employees have resources to assist with mental health issues. Learn more about what the value of addressing mental health in the workplace.