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House Republicans unveil ACA repeal and replacement plan

On March 6, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee (the “Committees”) released legislation as part of House Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) through a budget process known as...

UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE ACA

With the impending inauguration, recent actions by the Senate and some confusing media reports, this provides a short Q&A t help you understand current events and what to expect as we head down the health care reform road in 2017. What's the latest news? The Senate...

Independence Blue Cross updates

Independence Blue Cross has issued two updates, both related to Medicare Secondary Payer. In one, they acknowledge that clients with fewer than 100 employees recently received letters about Medicare Secondary Payer with incorrect customer names. If you have received...

Identify Theft Protection through Independence Blue Cross

Groups with coverage through Independence Blue Cross/Keystone Health Plan East/AmeriHealth should all be receiving letters from the carrier offering identify theft protection services AT NO COST! They are offering your employees identify theft protection services...

Cadillac tax likely pushed back to 2020

Congress has deferred the tax on expensive employer health plans. There is a two year postponement to what has been dubbed the 'Cadillac tax'. It's part of a budget package on which the House and Senate are preparing to vote within the next few days. We'll keep you...

IBX/Keystone sent letters to clients in error

Late last week, Independence Blue Cross sent a customer mailing regarding broker access to IBXpress, the Employer Portal. As you may now be aware, this mailing included erroneous information causing significant confusion. They are saying that their intent with the...

PCORI Fees due by July 31st if you have an HRA!!

Reminder: PCORI Fees Due by July 31 for Employers Sponsoring HRAs and Other Self-Insured Plans Fees to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) are due July 31 from employers that sponsor certain self-insured health plans, including health...

ACA reporting for groups with 50+

"Large" employers (those who average at least 50 full time employees, including full time equivalents) will be required to provide Form 1095C for all employees for calendar year 2015. In layman's terms, think of the 1095C as a W2 for benefits. Copies of the 1095C must...

FMLA for Same-Sex Spouses and new Philadelphia Sick Leave Requirements

Philadelphia recently passed a new paid sick leave law: Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, Bill No.: 141026 – (Effective May 13, 2015) This ordinance enacts a new Chapter of the Philadelphia Code, entitled "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces." The...

Changing of the guard!

Everyone who has ever called us knows BMC's Debbie Karl. For the past 13 years, Deb has resolved your problems, counseled your employees, processed your enrollments and terminations and provided every level of assistance possible. And now she's retiring! While Debbie...