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Coronavirus Update – 3-30-20

Here are a few updates for you today:  Are employees impacted by the shelter in place order eligible for the expansion of FMLA and/or sick leave? Miller Johnson covered this item during their webinar last week, but have since gone into more detail on their website. ...

Coronavirus Update 3-27-20

Coronavirus Update 3-27-20

In comparison to all of the action over the last week and a half, the last 24 hours hav been more quiet but I do have a few updates for you today.  The stimulus bill is currently being debated in the House and there is hope that it will be passed today by...

Update on CARE Act – 3-26-20

As you may have seen the Senate voted on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARE Act) last night.  You can find all of the legislation here, and based upon my initial review I've outlined some key areas that you may find useful.   As anticipated,...

FFCRA and Unemployment Updates 3-25-20

We have a number of updates for you this morning: 3rd Stimulus BillAs you may have seen an agreement was reached in the Senate on the 3rd stimulus bill and passage is anticipated today.  We have not been able to locate the actual text of the bill yet, but as soon as...

New Accumulator Programs Can Surprise Employees at Pharmacy Counter

New Accumulator Programs Can Surprise Employees at Pharmacy Counter

An ongoing tense relationship between insurers and drug companies is spilling over and hitting enrollees in group health plans, by saddling them with additional out-of-pocket expenses. Some insurers have started adopting copay accumulator programs — sometimes called...

Coronavirus Response Act Q&A 3-24-20

In follow up to the Miller Johnson Q&A session on the FFCRA this morning, here are the key items we took away from the discussion.  Before I dive into specifics it is important to note that everyone from Washington to Lansing to businesses are making this up...

COVID – 19 Status update 3-23-20

Here are our latest observations on the impact of COVID - 19 on employers. Miller Johnson hosted a good webinar this morning on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  You can find the recording here.  A number of questions were answered throughout their...

Covid-19 update 3-19-20

In follow up to our previous posts, here are a few key updates related to the latest impacts on the Coronavirus for employee benefit programs.   President Trump has signed the emergency legislation expanding FMLA and providing sick pay into law.  The effects of...

Update on Covid – 19 Legislation

In follow up to our post from yesterday, we have another update for you related to the impact of Covid - 19 on employers with regards to their benefit program.   First, here are two good resources for additional information: Here is an update on Employment, Liability,...

Substance-Abuse Benefits under Affordable Care Act

One less-touted aspect of the Affordable Care Act is that it provides employers more tools for assisting employees with substance-abuse problems to seek help.According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 10% of America’s...

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