All signs point to health care costs continuing to rise in 2024. This article outlines the primary drivers of health care costs and ways that employers plan to manage them.
Employees who are mentally well are more productive, engaged and satisfied with their jobs. A myriad of factors, such as cost, access and stigma, can hold workers back from receiving the mental health support and treatment they need. Employers can help employees overcome these barriers, understand available treatment options and start their recovery journey.
Each year, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducts a survey to examine employer-sponsored health benefits trends. This post is a summary.
During 2023 we focused on the concept of intentional living- the idea of enhancing your life by living with purpose and deliberation. As the year ends, tune in to your daily decisions and evaluate whether they are enhancing the quality of your life. The sum of these choices shapes the bigger picture of your life. For December, learn how to enjoy the holidays by practicing purposeful presence.
Included in this post is a quick summary, a more in-depth summary, and at the bottom is PDF that can be downloaded or printed for your benefit and ease. Learn about how self & level funded plan sponsors must submit their PCORI fee by July 31 each year.
Last chance notice. Employers who receive approval for private plans with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2024, will be eligible for a refund of premiums paid in 2023. The deadline for submission and approval of the plan is October 31, 2023. These organizations must also register with the division.
Focusing on preventive care rather than treatment of disease is the preferred approach to healthcare. Be proactive with your health care by scheduling regular check-ups, taking note of changes in your health, and preparing questions to discuss with your medical provider. Read this month’s resources to learn how to assess your risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke through detecting metabolic syndrome.
Workplace dynamics have significantly changed in the last few years. See how employers have been forced to respond to increasing worker demands for workplace flexibility, well-being initiatives and inclusive cultures.
This article provides guidance for how employers can balance the needs of an age-diverse workforce when developing competitive benefits offerings.
Mental Health Parity rules originated in 1996, but significant issues with non-compliance have more recently triggered additional attention, traction and action at the federal level. The 2023 proposed regulations are a good illustration of increasing federal regulatory focus on mental health parity, particularly with respect to the NQTLs, which are explained in more detail here.
On August 30, 2023, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to “ensure that more workers receive extra pay” for working over 40 hours a week.
September is Suicide Awareness Month. Learn tips on elevating conversations to build trust and discover strategies from the R U OK? Campaign, including steps to prepare for difficult conversations with loved ones.