Author: NBG

Custom content, Medicare

The ABC’s of Medicare


Trying to figure out Medicare can be one of the most frustrating aspects of retirement.  Even the savviest of retirees struggle with figuring out when to enroll and which parts to enroll in – there’s Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D, Medigap plans and so on. And, what in the world is a

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Affordable Care Act, Health care

The Affordability Test for 2022 Health Plans | CA Benefits Advisors


The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provision — often called the employer mandate or “play or pay” — requires large employers to offer health coverage to their full-time employees or face a potential penalty. (Employers with fewer than 50 full-time and full-time-equivalent employees are exempt.) Large employers can avoid the risk of any play

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Medicare, Medicare Part D

Employer Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before October 15, 2021 | CA Employee Benefits Firm


Are you an employer that offers or provides group health coverage to your workers? Does your health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs — either as a medical claim or through a card system? If so, be sure to distribute your plan’s Medicare Part D notice before October 15. Purpose Medicare began offering “Part D” plans —

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Custom content, Financial Planning, Open enrollment

Life Insurance: Putting a Price on Peace of Mind | CA Benefits Agents


Life insurance provides financial protection for your loved ones when you die.  Essentially, in exchange for your premium payments, the insurance company will pay a lump sum known as a death benefit to your beneficiaries after your death. While this money can never replace you, it can help your loved one(s) live the kind of life

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Economy, HR, Workforce

The Great Resignation: How Companies Can Cope With The Mass Exodus | CA Benefits Consultants


American companies are at a serious crossroads right now because of an unexpected consequence of COVID-19 known as the “Great Resignation.” CNBC reported earlier this summer that four million people had quit their jobs. This would be shocking under normal circumstances, yet these people quit stable jobs in the middle of a global pandemic. The majority

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Custom content, Employee benefits, Open enrollment

Open Enrollment: Looking Backward to Plan Forward | California Benefits Agents


When the autumn leaves fall and the weather turns cooler, we know it’s time to start thinking of open enrollment. Open enrollment season can be a confusing time. As you begin your research into which plan to choose or even how much to contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA), consider evaluating how you used

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COBRA, Medicare

Does Enrolling in Medicare Trigger an Offer of COBRA? | CA Employee Benefits Agency


Enrolling in Medicare does not cause COBRA to start. Under the federal rules, COBRA must be offered to persons enrolled in the employer’s health plan only if they lose coverage because of certain specific events. Termination of employment is an example of a COBRA qualifying event. Becoming eligible for Medicare, or enrolling in Medicare, is not a

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Custom content, Employee benefits, Insurance

How to Use Early Open Enrollment for Employee Retention | California Benefits Partners


Amid the economic panic last year, workers were unwilling to sacrifice job security for a new work environment.  Many workers felt it was foolish to re-enter the job market during a shut down.  However, in 2021, employers have experienced high turnover rates and experts are now predicting a “turnover tsunami” in voluntary departures and resignations. 

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ACA, DOL

Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I Interim Final Rule with Comment Period | California Employee Benefits Team


On July 1, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Departments), along with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released an interim final rule with comment period (IFC), entitled “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I.” This rule related to Title

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