News on Legal Postings for California

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California has updated the EDD Notice to Employees, Discrimination posting requirements, Transgender Rights in the Workplace, as well as the Unemployment Insurance Notice. Consequently, if you haven’t already done so, contact the poster company you use to provide you with the appropriate compliance poster(s).

We use Labor Law Center and just ordered our updated combined state/federal poster for $29.95, less shipping and handling. They also offer the same version in Spanish for the same price.

Creditable Coverage Notice Requirement under Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit Program

Creditable Coverage Notice Requirement under Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit Program

If you haven’t been providing this notice to your Medicare eligible employees, it’s time to start. Section 101 of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) established a notice requirement under the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program (Part D). Effective in 2005, the regulations have required that individuals eligible to enroll in the Part D drug program (i.e., those entitled to Medicare Part A or enrolled in Medicare Part B) must be informed whether their current prescription drug coverage offered through their employer or union affiliation is at least “actuarially equivalent” to the Medicare Part D drug benefit…

Hospitals to Publicly Post Prices

Hospitals to Publicly Post Prices

Hospitals will soon be required to post their standard charges online, per a rule finalized on August 2nd , 2018 by the Trump Administration. Starting January 1st ,2019, hospitals will be required to update this information on an annual basis. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) say they wish to arm the consumer with enough information to make informed decisions, encouraging price transparency…

Best Time to see Your Dentist (Is There Ever a Good Time???)

Best Time to see Your Dentist (Is There Ever a Good Time???)

Whether we like it or not, we have to go to the dentist to get our regular checkups and cleanings. It’s one of those things we can’t avoid if we want those pearly whites to stay pearly! However, if you’re like most people, a trip to the dentist for anything other than routine care can be a scary event; the needles, the drilling, the noise!

But, did you know there is an ideal time to see your dentist, especially when the visit involves a molar crown or a root canal? As they say, timing is everything. So, what time¹ is best, and what day² is best, to visit the dentist¹?

House Ways & Means Committee Sets Its Sights on Modifying Obamacare

House Ways & Means Committee Sets Its Sights on Modifying Obamacare

Employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees may soon get some relief from the ACA penalties for either not offering coverage or for not offering coverage that meets the minimum value and affordability standards.

Healthcare News from Washington came out this past week when the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation aimed at weakening Obamacare, including a measure that would temporarily repeal the law's employer mandate. 

Prevention for a Healthy Heart

Prevention for a Healthy Heart

By far, the best weapon to fight off cardiovascular disease is a healthy lifestyle full of nutritious foods and plenty of exercise.  Did you know your heart is a muscle just like your bicep?  And just like your bicep, you need to give your heart some form of a workout every day to keep it healthy and strong.  

Department of Labor Finalizes Plans to Expand Access to Association Health Plans

Department of Labor Finalizes Plans to Expand Access to Association Health Plans

Last week the Department of Labor announced a final rule to expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) through a new, more flexible “Commonality of Interest” requirement.  This could be good news for small businesses and consultants who, in theory, will now be able to receive health insurance options that are comparable to larger group plans with lower premiums and including some of the better parts of the Affordable Care Act, as access to preventive care without any out of pocket costs and allowing people to keep their children on the plan until age 26.  AHPs are, however, still subject to state rules…

Signs of Employee Depression & How You Can Help

Signs of Employee Depression & How You Can Help

What we show on the outside isn’t always what’s happening on the inside. As
we globally mourn the recent deaths of fashion icon and designer Kate Spade
and now the loss of celebrity chef and trailblazer Anthony Bourdain, two
seemingly unstoppable individuals who each revolutionized their given industries,
this has never been more apparent. Like the geode, we may appear solid as a
rock on the outside, but, when broken, we realize that there are so many fragile,
complicated and beautiful pieces that comprise each and every one of us. 

CVS Pharmacy Announces Rx Savings Finder Program to Save Patients Money

CVS Pharmacy Announces Rx Savings Finder Program to Save Patients Money

CVS Pharmacy recently announced the launch of the CVS Pharmacy Rx Savings Finder Program, a new software tool that will allow its 30,000 pharmacists to explore less expensive options when filling patient prescriptions. 

While pharmacists have been offering patients generic brand options in place of brand name options for a number of years, this new software will flag less expensive drugs that are a therapeutic equivalent but may be a different drug or alternative therapy to what the doctor has prescribed. 

11 Ways to Introduce Kindness into Your Work, Home & Life

11 Ways to Introduce Kindness into Your Work, Home & Life

While it sounds like a hashtag that can be thrown around, the simple beauty of kindness stands out in a world where we’re often faced with the depressing reality of online bullying, less human interaction and faces buried in screens.  Simple kindness is increasingly valued and appreciated, often coming as a surprise instead of something that is to be expected of us.  And when we value and appreciate kindness, it naturally breeds even more kindness.  And kind human interaction is great for mental health.  A kinder workplace makes for a happier, healthier workplace.