Group Health Plan Sponsors Encouraged to Extend Special Enrollment Period for Medicaid Redeterminations

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With the ongoing issue of Medicaid redetermination taking place across the nation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Treasury, and the Department of Labor (collectively, the Agencies) are strongly encouraging group health plan sponsors to extend special enrollment periods for individuals who are losing coverage under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This request is not mandatory for employers, and there are significant compliance considerations for employers that extend the enrollment window for this population.

Leading With the Marathon Mindset

Aside from being able to run long, grueling distances, marathon runners have something else that makes them extraordinary—to keep going, running, and training despite the aches, pains, and exhaustion they may feel along the way. They have the insight to know when to rest and heal, and when to push themselves to go farther. While they celebrate the small wins, they always keep their eye on the goal, and return again and again until they reach it.

Newly Proposed Mental Health Parity Regulations Introduced

  On Tuesday, July 25, the federal Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (“the Departments”) introduced a much-anticipated update to current regulations dealing with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). These newly proposed regulations continue to shine a bright light on the need for parity between medical/surgical (M/S) and mental health/substance use disorder (MH/SUD) … Read More

Reconsider the Unicorn Hunt

Reconsider the Unicorn Hunt: Prioritizing Soft Skills and Team Fit for Employee Retention.

Reconsider the Unicorn Hunt: The Myth of the Perfect Candidate: Rethinking Employee Retention It’s time to reconsider the Unicorn Hunt in today’s competitive job market. Companies often fall into the trap of searching for the elusive “unicorn” candidate ─ the one with the perfect set of technical skills, experience, and qualifications. However, this singular focus on hard skills may be … Read More

Why Focusing On Company Culture Is Crucial For Attracting Talent

Are flashy perks really the key to attracting top talent? Maybe not. The truth is, relying on extravagant perks often leads to hiring individuals who prioritize frivolous benefits over the success of the company. Instead of coming up with the next trendy work perks to lure candidates, why not create a culture that genuinely excites employees? UPGRADING WORK PERKS TO … Read More

The Optimal Workplace: Key Factors for Retaining Top Talent

Creating the Optimal Workplace: Key Factors for Retaining Top Talent.

In today’s competitive job market, attracting and retaining top talent has become a priority for organizations. Companies are increasingly recognizing the significance of creating an optimal workplace that not only appeals to potential employees but also keeps them engaged and motivated. A positive work environment can make all the difference in the success and longevity of an organization. This article … Read More

COVID-era Funding Coming To An End

COVID-era Funding Coming To An End

COVID-era Funding Coming To An End With COVID-era funding coming to an end, we look back on a pandemic that was something, even in our elders’ living memory, no one could have fathomed. Political turmoil, masks becoming a ubiquitous standard, and not being able to physically interact with one another became commonplace. Programs to assist people in need also became … Read More

High-Cost Healthcare Claims Are Rising

High-cost healthcare claims are rising as spending per person has increased significantly over the last few years. While the increase is less pronounced in certain areas, many sectors of the healthcare industry, such as behavioral health, orthopedic procedures, and the youth have increased at astonishing rates. For employers with company-sponsored plans, this is a concerning trend. Healthcare Spending High-Cost Healthcare … Read More