Final Rules for Wellness Programs Includes New Notice Requirement

On August 23, 2016 By Tevis   

Over the last few years, employers have been introducing wellness programs to their employees, mostly for health care cost containment purposes. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) formalized wellness programs to the extent most such programs … Continue reading

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Helping Undocumented Immigrants Purchase Health Insurance

On August 1, 2016 By Tevis   

“Today we ask the federal government to remove another barrier to health insurance access that discriminates against some of our residents on the basis of their documentation status.” –California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) Governor Jerry Brown has recently … Continue reading


Marketplace Notices: Your Chance to Appeal

On July 26, 2016 By Tevis   

Within the last three weeks, we have received calls from plan sponsors about letters sent to them from Covered California involving employees who have been granted a Marketplace subsidy. It is worth noting that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) originally … Continue reading


HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audit Program: Phase 2 Now Underway

On June 21, 2016 By Tevis   

On March 21, 2016, the Health and Human Services Office’s (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched the second phase of its audit program to review compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) privacy, security, and breach notification … Continue reading


REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due July 31, 2016

On June 15, 2016 By Tevis   

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees are one of the temporary fees established under the Affordable Care Act and levied on issuers of health insurance policies and plan sponsors of applicable self-insured group health plans. Insurers will pay the … Continue reading


San Francisco Does It Again: First City to Mandate Fully Paid Parental Leave

On April 14, 2016 By Tevis   

On April 5, 2016, the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco (the City) passed the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO), making San Francisco the first City in the United States to require fully paid parental … Continue reading


San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance: 2016 Update

On April 12, 2016 By Tevis   

As you know, San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance or Healthy San Francisco (HCSO) requires for-profit employers with 20 or more employees (and nonprofits with 50 or more employees) (Covered Employers) to spend a minimum amount on health care for … Continue reading


State Regulators Go-Aheads Health Net Acquisition

On April 6, 2016 By Tevis   

California Health Insurance regulators approved Centene Corporation’s $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, Inc, one of Tevis Insurance’s major medical carrier providers. The approval from the state regulators is the last thing needed for the deal to close. It took … Continue reading


April BenefitBuzz: ACA Litigation & Rule Changes

On March 25, 2016 By Tevis   

ACA Litigation May Affect Employers A New York district court will hear the first case on whether employers may reduce their employees’ work hours in order to avoid providing health benefits required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case … Continue reading


Forms 1094 and 1095 Reporting Update

On March 1, 2016 By Tevis   

On December 28, 2015, we published Benefits Alert Memorandum 2015-18 describing the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Notice 2016-4, which extended the filing due dates for Forms 1094 and 1095 for 2015 health care coverage for those whose Applicable Large Employer … Continue reading


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