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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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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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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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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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Look to the Future: the Graduation Speech of Employee Healthcare

By Sarah Johnson / June 8, 2016

Congratulation employers! You have just graduated from the school of hard knocks for medical benefit coverage for your team! Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we are celebrating the significant accomplishments healthcare coverage, while keeping your books in the black. In the past we have had many…adventures. We have lived. We have learned. But now, different things…

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Closed for System Updates

By Sarah Johnson / May 25, 2016

We are doing a network system update over Memorial Day weekend and our systems will be down for maintenance from Thursday May 26th at 5:00 pm MST until 8:00am Tuesday May 31 MST, 2016. If you need more details please do not hesitate to call. You can reach us during regular business hours through Thursday…

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Cost-Sharing Limits for plan year 2017 and DOL’s FAQ Part 31

By Sarah Johnson / April 26, 2016

HHS has released its Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017; Final Rule. The benefit and payment parameter for 2017 final rule will begin for plan years beginning on, or after, January 1, 2017. Annual Limitation on Cost Sharing: The 2017 maximum annual limitation on cost sharing is $7,150 for individual coverage and $14,300…

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Don’t Be Caught Unaware, the Cadillac Tax Is Waiting To Time In

By Sarah Johnson / December 2, 2015

It’s all about taxes. According to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, requiring the purchase of a product is illegal, but mandating a tax for not purchasing that product is legal. At this point, as a business owner, insurance broker, or HR professional, you have weathered the first season of regulations that have come, but…

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Forecasting Govt. & Politics + Business Tips

By Sarah Johnson / November 10, 2015

Personal candid comments from SPBA Active Past President Fred Hunt Americans are starting the process of envisioning how each candidate might act as President on benefits & health issues.  Therefore,  this week’s e-mail is a very candid specific insider look into how the past 7 Presidents  have actually functioned.  Most of the time, what really…

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