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Managing COBRA Administration in the Fourth Quarter

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 @ 16:11 PM

Well, another football season is upon us. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning, and the sun shines brightly on the football fields across America. The season includes parties, tailgating, fantasy football, and games at every level – from pee-wee league to pro.

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Tags: cobra administration, cobra administration tips

COBRA Administration During Leaves of Absence: How to Navigate the Maze

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 15:10 PM

We’ve covered many COBRA administration twists and turns through the years. As COBRA has evolved, the challenges continue to increase. Leaves of Absence (LOA) during employment has made COBRA even more complex. LOA used to be about sick time and vacation. Now it can include leaves for maternity, paternity, personal, family, childcare, medical, military, sabbatical, adoption, ADA and other reasons.

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Tags: leaves of absence, cobra administration

COBRA Pop Quiz: Can Your Team Answer These 4 Questions Correctly?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

No matter how long you work with COBRA, questions still arise. Here are four COBRA administration questions that caught our attention this month. Ready for a pop quiz? See if your team can answer these four questions correctly!

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Tags: cobra, cobra administration

Mergers, Acquisitions and COBRA: The Apex of Complexity

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

According to PwC's Deals mid-year review and outlook report, mergers and acquisitions in 2017 were steady with actual volume up 12% over 2016. With this kind of continuous activity, we thought it would be a good time to revisit the complexities of COBRA during mergers and acquisitions. 

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Tags: cobra administration, cobra conundrums, COBRA during mergers and acquisitions

Leonardo da Vinci’s Thoughts on COBRA Administration

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 14:06 PM

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” -Leonardo da Vinci.

Maybe the famous scholar from the 1400s wasn’t talking about the continuation of group health plan coverage. But, today more than ever, this quote is right on point for sponsors and administrators of employee benefit programs.

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Tags: cobra administration, flex administration

COBRA: One of Health Care’s Comfortable Commodities

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

With summer break upon us, most of us are reminded that being home has its perks. Think back to your spring break vacation … Maybe you were stuck at the airport with your kids when their devices ran out of power. Or, maybe you spent hours in the car taking direction from a computer-generated voice telling you to turn in 0.5 miles. Every year, we crave an escape from our daily routines. Then, halfway through our vacations, we yearn for the comforts of home.

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COBRA Administration: Different Flavors for Different Employers

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 22:06 PM

Did you know that different COBRA rules apply to different types of employers? Gasp! Read on to discover the variations in COBRA administration requirements. 

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Mergers, Acquisitions and COBRA: The Apex of Complexity

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

COBRA CONUNDRUMS is reprinted from the September 2014 issue of Health Insurance Underwriter Magazine featuring our very own Robert Meyers.

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA during a merger, COBRA merger and acquisition rules

Is your holiday party on your risk management to-do list?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

The office holiday party. It’s one of the most popular events of the season. It’s a great time for employees to socialize together away from work, and a chance for employers to give something back to their workers for their hard work throughout the year.

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Tags: cobra administration, holiday risk management, COBRA when fired for gross misconduct

Voluntary benefits: A hot and growing commodity in the talent wars

Posted by Robert Meyers on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

Some say the recession is finally over. We’ll leave it to the economists to make the final call, but one thing we know for sure is that voluntary benefits continue to gain popularity – with employers and employees alike.

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA for voluntary benefits, voluntary benefits

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