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HHS and DOL Announce Special Marketplace Enrollment for COBRA Participants

Posted by Robert Meyers on Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 15:05 PM

This past Friday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (part of HHS) issued a bulletin to deal with Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs).

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Tags: cobra, COBRA participants, cobra continuation coverage, cobra continuation coverage election notices, cobra enrollment window, cobra special enrollment

Can a Good Census Help Control Health Care Premiums?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

With open enrollment underway, many employers are once again feeling the strain of rising health care premiums. Some are exploring cost-shifting opportunities, others are looking at employee-directed options and wellness education and the rest are just tightening their belts.

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Tags: cobra administration, COBRA software, COBRA participants, cobra eligibility, Health care premiums, census, health care strategy, COBRA mistake, COBRA participation

HR Issues: How to Electrify Benefits Communication

Posted by Robert Meyers on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 22:10 PM

According to a workplace survey by HR consultant Mercer released last year, employer provided benefits are increasingly vital to the employer-employee relationship. For 91 percent of those employees, having benefits through their employer is just as important as being paid a salary.

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Tags: cobra administration, HR issues, COBRA participants, benefits communication, benefit campaigns, open enrollment

Do PPACA MLR Rebates Apply to COBRA Participants?

Posted by Robert Meyers on Wed, Aug 01, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

Many of you already know that The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medical Loss Ratio Rule may result in health insurance premium rebates in the coming months.   In fact, insurers are required to send rebates relating to 2011 premiums to employers by August 1, 2012.  What you may NOT know is how you are going to distribute a portion of these rebates back to current employees, past employees, and COBRA participants.  The 2011 rebates will start arriving this summer. The question is, are you ready for them? 

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Tags: COBRA training, HR issues, COBRA solutions, COBRA participants, cobra info.

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