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ACA Affordability Percentage Drops to a New Low for 2024

October 19, 2023

  Just when we thought affordability percentages couldn’t possibly go lower than the 2023 rate of 9.12%, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2023-29 declaring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) benchmark for determining the…

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Flipping the Script on Time Management

October 12, 2023

Time management affects a massive part of our lives, from how much we earn to how happy we are.

Learning to manage your time involves everything from your ability to hit big goals to how satisfied you are by the end of the day. Time management strategies can be helpful, but many miss the mark because they do nothing to address underlying habits and predispositions that lead to poor time management.

While the Pomodoro Technique or adding calendar blocks to your schedule can be worth trying, these approaches rely on us to add something new to our pattern of habits. They don’t redefine how to work with preexisting practices or rid people of deeply ingrained habits that frazzle us when we look at our to-do lists, miss deadlines, and show up unprepared for meetings.

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Deadline Approaching for Medicare Part D Coverage Notices

October 4, 2023

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By October 13, 2023, plan sponsors that offer prescription drug coverage must provide notices of creditable or non-creditable coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals. While plan sponsors are typically responsible for providing these notices by October 14th every year, this year’s notice is due by October 13th because the 14th falls on a Saturday.

Creditable coverage is expected to cover, on average, at least as much as the standard Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, whereas non-creditable coverage falls below this threshold. Two methods are available to establish a prescription drug benefit’s creditability status: a simplified determination or an actuarial determination of credibility.

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Upskill Your Team, Level Up Your Business

September 28, 2023

In today’s rapidly evolving work environment, staying competitive is not solely about attracting top talent but retaining it. 

How do you give your business and your team that competitive edge? Upskilling. 

Upskilling equips your employees with new skills and knowledge or enhances their current skillsets through training, certifications, or education. With upskilling, you enhance your employees’ capabilities and highlight your commitment and dedication to your team’s professional growth.

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Guidelines for Processing Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

September 27, 2023

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Many sponsors of fully insured health plans either already have or will soon receive checks from their insurance carriers, along with a notice informing them that the review is a medical loss ratio (MLR) rebate. Plan sponsors should receive these checks by September 30, 2023. The MLR rules implemented as part of health care reform are designed to ensure that insurance carriers spend no more than a specified percentage of premiums collected on overhead-type expenses. Carriers must issue a rebate check when this percentage is exceeded.

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Strengths-Based Leadership: Your Blueprint for Building an Avengers-Level Team

September 14, 2023

Leaders can sometimes feel the weight of the world on their shoulders as they face pressure to manage both the present and the future. They must perform and deliver short-term results in the present while prioritizing transformation and reimagining the company’s forward growth.

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