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The Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance Compliance Director, Sarah Gillespie and a first class ERISA attorney share key Affordable Care Act and compliance hot topics all in 15 minutes or less. This podcast gives interested individuals a short nugget of information on specific benefits compliance items or ACA related topics that will help them better do their job or understand the requirements. Our topics will be specific and brief, and guidance will be provided by a first class ERISA attorney. And ...
 
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As a result, Congress enhanced the FFCRA leave under ARPA to include paid leave related to the vaccine, among other enhancements, and extended the payroll tax credits even further. Listen to this conversation to learn how else the FFCRA was updated and what you need to know.By Stacy Barrow, Sarah Gillespie, Andrew Bartolotta
 
The subsidy will cover the full cost of COBRA or state continuation premiums from April 1st, through Sept. 30, 2021 if the employee lost or loses group health insurance due to a reduction in work hours or an involuntary job loss. Be sure to listen to this episode to better understand who is eligible and the various employer obligations associated.…
 
Let’s face it – navigating the HR technology market is complex. Advisors need help educating and guiding employers. With BTR’s Core Service offering, they aim to increase your agency’s tech “fluency” and provide the technology foundation you need to empower and educate your client base. ENGAGEMENT CE-accredited webinars tailored for employers Agenc…
 
This gives companies an enticing benefit that uniquely serves every employee in the organization. And it all works within the system you have in place today. It’s savvy to reduce PTO balance sheet liabilities while enhancing talent recruiting and retention. In simple terms, it pays off for both HR and Finance. Both will appreciate the returns for e…
 
Rain provides a modern approach to payroll for mid-sized organizations, a benefit that has already been rolled out for companies like Walmart and Uber. Their mission is to regrow individual freedom by giving people control over their income and finances. Rain is killing predatory financial products like payday loans and overdraft fees. They're back…
 
Alcohol is the most used substance by youth and adults in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health’s 2020 Monitoring the Future Survey, 55.3% of high school seniors used alcohol in the past year. Results of the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), demonstrated that 85.6 percent of people ages 18 or older repo…
 
While the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) favorably addressed options for employers to extend to employees with year-end balances in their health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, the Act left many questions unanswered in regard to the mechanics and potential tax consequences of these accommodations.…
 
However, in true government fashion, on the last business day before Feb 28th, the DOL released clarification of their guidance indicating that the timelines actually apply on a case-by-case basis. Listen in while our ERISA attorney unpacks what this means and how employers should handle it.By Stacy Barrow, Sarah Gillespie, Andrew Bartolotta
 
Every March, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance recognizes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women. This cancer affects adults of all racial and ethnic groups, however, it is most often diagnosed in people who are over the age of 50. Colorectal cancer is …
 
Many American households have at least one pet. In any given year, one in three of these beloved family members will need costly veterinary care, even if it is for routine exam visits and vaccinations. Should a pet become severely ill and need emergency care, costs can sometimes be more than pet owners can bear. However, if they have pet insurance,…
 
Sometimes it can trigger a COBRA event, but other times it may lead to early termination of COBRA. If the steps aren’t ordered correctly, employees may unknowingly make decisions that could cause a loss of family coverage. Listen to our conversation to gain a better understanding of it all.By Stacy Barrow, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie, Andrew Bartolotta
 
2020 has been a difficult year, to say the least. Employers have had to face new challenges never seen before and quickly adapt to operating a business during a pandemic, while also navigating new legislation because of it. We also had an election, and the Supreme Court heard the ACA case.By Stacy Barrow, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie, Andrew Bartolotta
 
On August 3, 2020, a New York federal district court vacated portions of Department of Labor regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). While the decision is binding over employers with employees working in southern New York, the order does not specifically address the scope of its application over the rest of the countr…
 
It’s August 2020 and time for many kids to go back to school. However, school looks very different this year for so many, and parents are left scrambling to try to figure out once again how to balance life as both an employee, and a parent to a child whose school or daycare may not be open.By Stacy Barrow, Sarah Gillespie
 
Understanding Suicide & Mental Health Having a mental illness issue does not guarantee you will be suicidal. However, depending on the illness, it can make positive thinking much harder. The CDC describes mental illness as “conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior.” Common types of mental illness include depression, anx…
 
What is an opioid? An opioid is a type of drug found in prescription pain medicine. It is also found in “street drugs” such as heroin. Prescription opioids can help with pain when used under a doctor’s order. They may be addictive and cause side effects and even death when used incorrectly. prescription opioids include: Hydrocodone (Vicodin®), Oxyc…
 
While this cost reduction is certainly a positive gesture, to the extent that the refund or credit is considered a plan asset, it must be used in accordance with ERISA and fiduciary obligations. Listen to learn more about determining whether your credit is a plan asset, and your options from there.By Stacy Barrow, Sarah Gillespie, Andrew Bartolotta
 
On May 12, 2020 the IRS finally issued long-awaited relief for employers and employees regarding medical election changes and other new allowances for cafeteria plans, health FSAs, and dependent care accounts. Tune in to learn more about these changes and for some Q&A on how they will work.By Stacy Barrow, Andrew Bartolotta, Sarah GIllespie
 
Employers are often unsure what to do with them, or aren’t aware that the DOL has issued guidance to help plan sponsors decide how to handle their rebate. Listen in to a conversation between our Compliance Director and our ERISA attorney that will help explain employers’ options.By Stacy Barrow, Sarah Gillespie, Andrew Bartolotta
 
Employers with group health plans must generally extend coverage to the children of an employee when a state court or agency issues a qualified medical child support order. Listen to this podcast to better understand your obligation as an employer and to help answer a variety of “what if” questions often encountered upon receiving an order like thi…
 
Legal activity regarding the ACA continues to make its way through the courts. With the 2020 election on the horizon and healthcare still a hot topic, we expect to see an uptick in attempted legislation and efforts in both directions. Tune in to hear a discussion on ACA updates. www.lpinsurance.comBy Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
Recently, a federal judge ruled that parts of the Trump administration’s 2018 final rule on association health plans were invalid. The court then directed the Department of Labor to reconsider how the remaining provisions of the final rule are affected. The court called the final rule an “end-run” around the Affordable Care Act and said that the DO…
 
Did you know that a rehired employee cannot be asked to re-satisfy a waiting period for benefits eligibility if they return to work with 13 weeks of their termination date? Tune in to learn the rules surrounding rehired or reinstated employees and where exceptions may exist.By Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
As health costs and employer expenditures increase, more employers are considering innovative strategies to help lower health care costs. As with any new strategy, it is important for employers to do their homework and thoroughly evaluate options before jumping in. This podcast offers a discussion of the potential benefits and pitfalls for employer…
 
On December 20, 2018 the Federal Register published the final rule from the EEOC removing the part of the regulations related to incentive limits for medical questions and exams under a wellness program. If this sounds familiar to what we heard from the Court in Dec 2017, that’s because it is. But does the absence of any limit mean employers should…
 
In October 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order calling on the departments to take action on a handful of specific tasks, one of which was to expand the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). We finally saw proposed guidance on this in late October 2018 when two new types of HRAs were introduced. Listen in to learn more about t…
 
Listen to our year-end podcast for a review of the major 2018 benefits compliance milestones and a look forward to 2019, including a discussion on the recent ruling by the federal judge in Texas who declared the ACA unconstitutional.By Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a general business tax credit for eligible employers of all sizes that provide paid family and medical leave to their employees for tax years 2018 and 2019 only. For employers that already provide paid short term disability, this might be low hanging fruit, and that’s why we’re addressing this as part of a benefits…
 
On Nov. 7, 2018, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury finalized two rules expanding certain exemptions from the ACA’s contraceptive coverage mandate. The first final rule expands the exemption for employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. The second fi…
 
This question comes up often. Before extending these type programs to your non-medical plan participants, be sure to listen to this podcast to become aware of reasons this could be potentially problematic, and to learn a couple solutions. www.lpinsurance.comBy Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, Sarah Gillespie | Producer: Andrew Bartolotta
 
The House Ways and Means Committee recently approved 11 bills that increase the flexibility of HSA and FSA plans and also focus on delaying the implementation of some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Employers may need to be ready to act nimbly should these bills come to fruition by the end of 2018. Listen in to learn what might be imp…
 
In October 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order including 3 things aimed at unraveling pieces of the Affordable Care Act when efforts in Congress failed to do so. One of those items was to seek more relaxed regulations on association health plans as a way to allow individuals and businesses the opportunity to purchase policies across sta…
 
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