How do I stay on top of all of this?
- Monday, 23 January 2017 16:07
This is a pretty common question – I probably get asked it a couple of times a month. In addition to at least two hours of reading each week (minimum) and paying attention to current events, in 2016, I had more than 100 hours of formal training (online, webconference or in person) in these areas:
Healthcare.gov (8 hours)
Specific Carrier and Plan Training (25 hours)
Regulations and changes (24 hours)
Retirement Plans and Investments (24 hours)
General Knowledge (21 hours)
Employers That Hire Holiday Help: Understand the ACA Rules Around Seasonal Workers
- Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:11
“If you have at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, on average during the prior year, your organization is an ALE…. If your workforce exceeds 50 full-time employees for 120 days or fewer during a calendar year, and the employees in excess of 50 during that period were seasonal workers, your organization is not considered an ALE. For this purpose, a seasonal worker is an employee who performs labor or services on a seasonal basis.”
Internal Revenue Service [IRS]
Major Changes to NY Empire and Oxford plans for 2017
- Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:02
Empire Blue Cross Network Changes-
- EPO/PPO (i.e. “BlueCard”) –this is Empire’s best-in-class legacy BlueCard network
- Blue Priority – full BlueCard hospital network with a narrowed practitioner (doctor) network when in Empire’s 28-county service area. Plans are non-gated with National BlueCard access for folks living and traveling outside of NY. Most of Northwell doctors now are non-participating in the Blue Priority Network. Doctors were just notified in November. The change does not impact BlueCard and/or Pathway networks – Northwell doctors and hospitals still participate in both of those.
- Pathway – narrowed hospital and practitioner network limited to Empire’s 28-county service area (though this network has grown to be fairly comprehensive, missing really only Memorial Sloan Kettering & SUNY Stonybrook)
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What information do I need to see if I can get a subsidy?
- Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:24
Only a small amount of information is required in order for us to help you determine (a) if you qualify for a subsidy, (b) what plans are available in your area, and (c) what would be best for you.
Simply email us the name, date of birth and smoking status of each person to be covered. Include your zip code, and (to determine subsidy) your adjusted gross income for this year. Be sure to include a phone number so we can get back to you!