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Three Bloodcurdling COBRA Administration Horror Stories

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

In honor of Halloween, we’re having a little fun with the blog today. Below are three COBRA administration horror stories that just might be scarier than the ghosts and goblins knocking on your door this week.

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA outsourcing, COBRA notification, COBRA payment collection

COBRA ADMINISTRATION CONUNDRUMS – New DOL Notice Guidance

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 13:07 PM

COBRA CONUNDRUMS reprinted from the July, 2013 issue of Health Insurance Underwriter Magazine featuring our very own Robert Meyers.

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Tags: cobra administration, ppaca, COBRA outsourcing, cobra conundrums

Ready, set . . . breathe: Capitalizing on PPACA’s delayed mandate

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

Business owners across the country got some unexpected breathing room last week when the Obama administration announced it would delay implementing the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 2015. Technically, you’re still supposed to provide coverage for full-time workers starting January 1, 2014 if you have 50 or more employees. But if you don’t, you won’t be penalized for another year.

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Tags: ppaca, COBRA outsourcing, PPACA compliance, ppaca employer mandate, employer mandate, affordable care act, outsourcing COBRA administration

Four COBRA Administration Payment Collection Best Practices

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 16:04 PM

With our economy ever in flux, it’s not unusual for a small business to be juggling several COBRA participants at any given time. As your HR department has probably surmised by now, communicating with former employees and retirees is not the easiest task - and getting them to make their COBRA payments in a timely manner can be especially time consuming.  

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA guidelines, COBRA outsourcing, cobra administrator, COBRA benefit, COBRA payment collection, COBRA best practice

PPACA Update: Employers Getting Tough On Wellness In 2014

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Apr 02, 2013 @ 15:04 PM

The changing landscape of health care has many employers redefining their health care management strategies. A growing majority are turning to wellness incentives and penalties to proactively keep their employees healthy. In fact, the number of employers planning to implement wellness programs next year is expected rise considerably according to a forthcoming 2013 health care survey by Aon Hewitt due out in April.

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA solutions, ppaca, cobra blog, COBRA outsourcing, wellness programs, PPACA compliance

PPACA Update: Interest in Health Exchange Highest Among Five Key Consumer Types

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 14:03 PM

The Health Insurance Exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are beginning to show signs of interest among Americans—nearly half—according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Member Health Plan Study released just last week.

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA solutions, ppaca, cobra blog, COBRA outsourcing, health exchange

PPACA Update: PCIP Suspends Enrollment

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 13:03 PM

The Pre-Existing Condition Plan (PCIP) — which allowed those with pre-existing health conditions the ability to obtain insurance if they had been denied coverage — has cut benefits for enrollees and suspended the processing of new applicants in 23 states effective immediately.   

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA solutions, ppaca, cobra blog, COBRA outsourcing, PCIP

COBRA Solutions: Coordinating COBRA Disability Extension Benefits

Posted by Robert Meyers on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 17:02 PM

Most of your employees understand that if they lose their jobs, they have options available that will allow them to continue their health care benefits. But if an employee faces a long-term disabling injury or illness and must stop working, the options may be less clear. There are critical time limitations when it comes to maintaining their health care coverage—especially when applying for Social Security Disability benefits.  

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA solutions, cobra blog, cobra coordination, cobra disability extension benefits, COBRA outsourcing

COBRA Administration Outsourcing: Achieve Return on COBRA Investment

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

We’ve all heard of ROI, but are you familiar with the new acronym – ROO? It stands for “Return on Outsourcing.” It may not be on your business radar, but it should be. Faced with fierce competition and a fickle economy, many companies are honing efficiencies to gain a competitive edge. In many cases, that means focusing on your strengths and outsourcing your weaknesses … and outsourcing COBRA administration.

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Tags: cobra administration, cobraguard, COBRA outsourcing

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