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DOL Updates the Employer CHIP Notice | Ohio Benefits Firm

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the model notice for employers to use to inform employees about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). All employers with group health plans are required to distribute a CHIP notice at least once a year to employees living in certain states. There is no need to send … Continued

Notifying Participants of a Plan Change | Ohio Benefit Consultants

Curious about when you should notify a participant about a change to their health care plan? The answer is that it depends! Notification must happen within one of three time frames: 60 days prior to the change, no later than 60 days after the change, or within 210 days after the end of the plan … Continued

How to Survive a DOL Audit

Whatever process an employer chooses to follow in order to prepare for the on-site investigation, preparation, organization, and accessibility of information are critical to an efficient audit. Here are some key steps in how to make what is scheduled to be a multi-day audit into an audit that can be wrapped up in a matter of hours.

New Survey To Provide Essential Benchmarks For Employers Coping With Health Care Reform Compliance And Cost Management Decisions

Employers can compare their attitudes and strategies regarding employer-provided health care with those of their peers and competitors with the Employer Opinion Survey.

Highlights of the Wellness Program Requirements

Rules for wellness programs have been in effect since 2007, but several new requirements apply beginning with the 2014 plan year. Stay prepared with this wellness review and upcoming requirements.

Cost of benefits, ACA compliance main concerns of midsized businesses

Seventy percent of midsized businesses said their biggest challenge in 2013 is the cost of health coverage and benefits. Read more…

What really scares us these days

With a suitable plan in place, a lot of people could avoid the real-life horrors of unpaid bills and underfunded retirements.

Survey: Employees don’t want control over health care

Report reveals a sobering gap in employee readiness to handle and take on the shift toward consumer-driven health plans

Midsize employers restructure workforce to lower health reform costs

President and CEO of Kaminsky & Associates offers expert advice for employers restructuring their health plan.

Most Employees Not Given a Choice of Health Plans

Most Americans get their health insurance coverage from employment-based plans, yet most employers do not offer a choice of health plans, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).