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Final 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule and fact sheet for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. According to CMS, the final rule is intended to reduce fiscal and regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) ...

Compliance Recap | March 2019

March was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the court case challenging the ACA’s constitutionality. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated two Q&As ...

Compliance Recap | February 2019

February was a quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an information letter addressing when an employer may seek recoupment of contributions made to an employee’s HSA. A U.S. District Court held that the State of Maryland could not ask for a ...

Advocacy in Action | HRA Reimbursement

A member desperately needed surgery and was very concerned because the surgical center was requesting a $2,000 upfront payment. The member had no idea how he was going to come up with the money on such short notice. He called The Purple Card® for help.  The member’s insurance plan had a $5,000 ...

In Pursuit of a Better Meeting

Groans and sighs often greet the ping of a meeting invite hitting an inbox. While it may be impossible to make meetings more fun than the office holiday party, it is possible to lessen the dread, increase morale, and improve the results of a meeting. Complaints about meetings are often ...

Sharpen Those Soft Skills

Knowing how to code or being well versed in Artificial Reality is one way for a recruit or employee to set themselves apart. In many companies, though, it’s soft skills like time management, public speaking and oral communication, leadership, and even emotional intelligence that are ...

Who’s Ghosting Who?

Ghosting is a term coined by millennials to describe someone who disappears or is unresponsive without explanation. It may be in the online dating world or even after meeting IRL (that’s in real life). Or, it may be leaving a party without letting anyone know. And now, it’s popping ...

Tackling Workplace Bullying

A recent study reports more than half of employees in global businesses witnessed or experienced workplace bullying. While that’s alarming, research focused on the U.S. says closer to 75 percent of employees have been impacted by workplace bullying. What are some of those impacts? ...

Compliance Recap | Year Review of 2018

During 2018, federal agencies and courts provided employers with a significant amount of new guidance, regulation, and FAQs relating to employer benefit plans. This month-by-month guide provides a timeline of these documents, highlighting the major changes and updates in 2018. To access the ...

Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. CMS also released its draft 2020 actuarial value calculator and draft 2020 actuarial value calculator methodology. According to CMS, the proposed rule is intended to ...