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Four COBRA Compliance Curveballs

Posted by Robert Meyers on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 18:10 PM

COBRA administration is anything but routine. In this article, we examine a few interesting situations that deserve the label “COBRA Curveballs.” Batter up!

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Mini COBRA Requirements Create Major Headache

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, May 29, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

The administration of health benefits is likely one of your biggest headaches, and it’s vital to keep yourself informed and up to date on the changing laws and compliance requirements.

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HR Issues: DOL Week in Review – New SBC Template, FAQs, Calculator

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

With all of the provisions of healthcare reform legislation going into effect, you no doubt have plenty of questions you need answered so you can understand the new law and make sure you’re in compliance. One great resource for up to date information on HR issues, and answers to your most pressing questions is the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration website. With regular updates, they can help you stay on top of the latest changes.

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Healthcare Reform: Three COBRA Administration Myths

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 20:05 PM

With Healthcare Reform in flux, it's a confusing time for employers and healthcare brokers. However, one thing that's not confusing is the future of COBRA administration. Regardless of the Healthcare Reform outcome, COBRA compliance will continue to be a requirement. To help you separate fact from fiction, we've tackled three common COBRA administration myths below:

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COBRA Compliance: Which plans qualify for COBRA?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, May 02, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

Test your COBRA compliance knowledge: Are you required to offer COBRA for your vision plan? What about life insurance? Get the low-down on COBRA Compliance requirements here.

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Employers: Prepare Now for New IRS COBRA Guidelines

Posted by Robert Meyers on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 @ 20:04 PM

In March of 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published revised audit guidelines for COBRA compliance. The revised COBRA guidelines are intended to encompass laws enacted over the last decade that overlap with COBRA administration such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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COBRA Compliance: What To Do When A Business Closes its Doors

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 @ 14:04 PM

It’s the day no business owner or HR professional wants to think about … the day the company closes its doors forever. As you can imagine, this situation is fraught with complicated operational details … one of which could be COBRA.

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COBRA Compliance: Three 2011 Lessons to Keep You Out of Trouble in 2012

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 @ 19:03 PM


As these COBRA cases illustrate, COBRA compliance is a sticky issue! Here are three lessons from 2011 to keep you out of trouble in 2012! 

COBRA Compliance Case #1: Notice the power of COBRA notifications.

Many COBRA disputes hinge on one critical factor: If and when the COBRA notice was sent, and if it can be proven. In fact, this was the deciding factor in the case of Brooks v. AAA Cooper Transportation*. In this case, the benefits specialist personally placed the employee’s COBRA election notice in the employer’s outgoing mail, and produced a signed and appropriately-dated copy of the COBRA notice. In another case, Hearst v. Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc.*, the post office helped prove that the former employee received timely COBRA election notice. In this instance, the employer’s COBRA TPA presented outgoing COBRA notices to a Post Office clerk, along with a manifest list naming each person receiving the COBRA notice. The clerk then verified and stamped the manifest to provide proof of mailing.

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