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DOL Releases No Surprises Act FAQs Delaying Enforcement

By rowena / September 7, 2021

On Friday, August 20, the Department of Labor released an FAQ document regarding the No Surprises Act and the transparency provisions Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). This FAQ, prepared jointly with HHS and Treasury, provides important delays in the implementation of multiple requirements in these laws. The FAQ covers a variety of topics, including: Transparency…

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Welcome David Jones to MBA Benefit Administrators

By rowena / August 20, 2021

We are pleased to announce that David Jones has joined MBA Benefit Administrators as the Business Development and Broker Relationship Manager. He will work as a liaison between MBA and Brokers, assisting with employer groups for new business, renewals, and plan set-up. David has more than six years of financial/health and benefit industry experience and…

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COBRA Subsidy Under the American Rescue Plan

By Sarah Johnson / May 19, 2021

There is some good news for employees with a qualifying event who chose not to take COBRA or who are no longer enrolled in COBRA. Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), qualified beneficiaries covered from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 get a second chance at coverage with a 100% subsidy.…

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MBA’s 25th Annual Company Retreat

By Sarah Johnson / July 17, 2019

MBA’s 25th annual company retreat was enjoyed in Oceanside, California in May. On May 23, MBA employees of 5 years or more employment at the company departed for southern California, Oceanside to celebrate in style.  Sun, ocean, games, shopping, team building were all a part of the fun. MBA honors its long term employees each year…

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What the Underwriters Know

By Sarah Johnson / July 10, 2019

MBA executives and underwriting specialists have been involved in the quoting process and working with the underwriting process for self-funded plans over the last 30 years. So, we have seen our fair share of underwriting issues. We recently attended a seminar where we learned the methodologies insurance underwriters use to rate plans. During this event,…

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Medical Marijuana – What You Should Consider In ERISA Plans

By Sarah Johnson / February 14, 2019

With more and more states legalizing the use of medical marijuana, many people are turning to it for relief from a wide range of different medical ailments. Unfortunately, despite the fact that many people find relief from its use, and a lot of doctors are prescribing it for their patients, many insurance plans in the…

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Proposed Allowance of Association Health Plans Benefits Small Employers and the Self-Employed

By Sarah Johnson / June 8, 2018

By Executive Order from President Trump, the Dept. of Labor has been instructed to draft language allowing for Association Health Plans. This will allow small employers and the self-employed to purchase health coverage based on “commonality of interest” as opposed to current regulations which require a common employer relationship. This is potentially good news for…

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How You Can Help MBA in the Fight Against Cancer

By Sarah Johnson / May 29, 2018

In 2018 there will be an estimated 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S, and 609,640 deaths. As tragic as those numbers are, what makes it even worse is that they are not just statistics. The word “cancer” isn’t just about the disease. We all are crushed by it; family, friends and maybe even…

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Getting Ready for That Annual Health Insurance Renewal

The New Year’s Tradition You’d Like to Get Rid Of: Getting Ready for That Annual Health Insurance Renewal

By Sarah Johnson / January 9, 2018

In September 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest findings regarding the cost of benefits to employers as a percentage of employee pay. At the top of the list? Health insurance.1 It’s ahead of: Paid leave Overtime and bonuses Retirement contributions, and Individual, legally required taxes. At the same time, SHRM expects health…

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Stay Tuned for ACA updates and proposed changes

By Sarah Johnson / March 8, 2017

You may have noted talk of changes to the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare. This coming week Phyllis Merrill, MBA’s CEO and her team are traveling to Washington D.C. to be briefed on the current bill now in mark-up, and the likely changes. Stay tuned for details coming soon. We are committed to…

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