Monthly Archives

September 2010

Waiver Program Available For Annual Limits

Introduction
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) generally prohibits group health plans, and group and individual health insurance issuers, from imposing lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of essential health benefits, effective for plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010.

IRS Releases Information on Claiming Small Employer Health Care Tax Credit

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted on March 23, 2010. PPACA includes a tax credit for small businesses that provide health care coverage to their employees. The tax credit is effective for tax years beginning in 2010. The credit is designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have.

Wellness Wednesday: Eating Out Can Be Healthy

Though it may seem like an impossible feat, you can still maintain your diet while enjoying a meal out with friends and family.

 Furthermore, it can still be an enjoyable – and more importantly, tasty – experience.

IRS Releases Information on Claiming Small Employer Health Care Tax Credit

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted on March 23, 2010. PPACA includes a tax credit for small businesses that provide health care coverage to their employees. The tax credit is effective for tax years beginning in 2010. The credit is designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have.

Health Care Reform: Nondiscrimination Rules Apply to New Fully-Insured Group Health Plans

Executive Summary
Under health care reform, some fully-insured group health plans will be required to comply for the first time with federal nondiscrimination rules related to compensation. These rules prohibit discrimination in favor of highly-compensated individuals (HCIs).

“Dont Discount The Value of An Agent, They Discount Your Insurance”

We found an article from Kaiser Health News written by Janet Trautwein that we would like to share with you: ”
Janet Trautwein, CEO
National Association of Health Underwriters
 
 Sep 09, 2010
 

Insurance agents have made for popular punching bags in recent weeks. TIME magazine posited that agents may be the first victims of health reform.

Health Care Reform: Federal External Review and Model Appeals Notices

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance coverage to adopt an improved internal claims and appeal process and to follow minimum requirements for external review. On August 23, 2010, interim procedures for external review of claim appeals were issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services.

Live Well, Work Well – September 2010

Is Your Cholesterol in Check?
 

If you’re looking to make some changes to reduce your heart disease risks and lower your cholesterol, consider these natural ways to do so:

-Eat low-fat dairy products: avoid dairy containing whole milk and cream.

-Eat complex carbohydrates and fiber-rich foods: fruits and veggies, whole grains and legumes.

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