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.

The Benefits of Corporate Wellness

The Benefits of Corporate Wellness

At GPA, we spend our days working on finding the best healthcare solutions for our clients.  We also find it important to walk the walk when it comes to our health and wellness, even in the workplace.  We, too, are working to try and find balance in our lives, so while we are focused on your health, it’s also important that we focus on our own. 

Drink to Your Health

Drink to Your Health

Health Benefits of Fruits, Veggies and Nutritional Additives in Joan’s Smoothie:

My healthy, delicious (if I do say so myself!) breakfast smoothies contain a combination of several fruits and vegetables, as well as other additions that are good for your body. Listed below are the usual suspects from which I choose to make my smoothie each morning, along with the benefits of consuming these wonders of nature.

Prop 64: Understanding the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in the Workplace

Prop 64: Understanding the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in the Workplace

In November of 2016, California voters passed the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, also known as Proposition 64, legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults 21 years of age and older. The law went into affect on January 1st of this year, allowing adults over 21 to possess, transport, and share up to an ounce of cannabis and eight grams of cannabis concentrate, as well as grow as many as six plants at home. 

What does this mean for you as an employer?

Department of Labor Proposes Expansion of Association Health Plans for Small Businesses

Department of Labor Proposes Expansion of Association Health Plans for Small Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced changes to the expansion of Association Health Plans or Small Business Health Plans, releasing an official Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or NPRM.  This announcement follows an executive order issued by President Donald Trump instructing regulators to discuss new options for small businesses to form groups for the sake of purchasing larger health insurance plans, thus allowing them to qualify as Association Health Plans (AHPs).  In theory, joining together in expanded associations would allow small businesses and sole proprietors to provide expanded coverage, including essential health benefits, by allowing reduced costs through the economies of scale, larger AHPs would achieve. But it will all depend greatly on the fine print.