Entries by Daniel Rodriguez

Medicare Part D Deadline: What you need to know.

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals before Oct. 15, 2019. […]

Don’t Let These Devices Steal Your Sleep

If you have trouble falling asleep, your phone may be to blame. Researchers at Harvard found that using your phone, or any electronic device, before going to bed can derail your sleep schedule and prevent a good night’s sleep. More specifically, using your electronic device before bed can disrupt your body’s REM sleep cycle and […]

Hold on to Talent With Stay Conversations

Some people think employment is all about the money, but they’re wrong. For many, it’s about the opportunities. In fact, Gallup cites “lack of development and career growth” as the number one reason employees leave their workplace. Employees expect some development opportunities, so ignoring this outright can quickly lead to an exodus. How can you […]

Open Enrollment: What’s Changing in 2020?

To prepare for open enrollment, plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020. Employers should review their plan documents to confirm that they include these required changes. In addition, any changes to a health plan’s benefits […]

The Best Way to Boost Your Physical and Mental Well-being

A recent study published in Scientific Reports revealed that spending 120 minutes a week outdoors can improve your health and psychological well-being. Remember, well-being refers to feeling good and living both safely and healthily. And, the concept of well-being can have implications on your overall quality of life, health and happiness. What are the benefits […]

Reasonable Accommodation: What might you be responsible for?

What kinds of accommodations need to be made for adults with disabilities? A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that enables a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to […]

Gen Z is Coming: Are You Prepared?

Soon, Generation Z—those born between 1996 and 2010—will be entering the workforce. Is your company somewhere they can thrive? Is it somewhere they would even want to work? If you want to attract this budding workforce, you need to understand Gen Zers’ motivations. For instance, Gen Zers have never known a life without technology. This […]

Making Emotional Intelligence Work for You

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand and manage your emotions, as well as others’. It’s similar to empathy, but the ability to manage the emotions effectively is key. Many businesses are flocking to high-EQ individuals for their attractive leadership style. Leaders with high EQ are able to communicate their feelings effectively, look at […]

2020 Updated HSA and HDHP Limits

On May 28, 2019, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-25 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2020. These limits include: The maximum HSA contribution limit The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs The maximum out-of-pocket expense limit for HDHPs These limits vary based on whether […]

Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. This proposed rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would be applicable for the 2020 benefit year. Standards included in the rule relate to: Annual limitations on cost sharing […]

Wellness: How to Fuel a Workout

You have to put gas in your car to make it go, right? The same concept can be applied to your body and working out. You can’t expect your body to get you through a workout if it’s not properly fueled. Here’s what you should be eating before, during and after a workout for optimal […]