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August 25, 2021

8 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon September 15 Is Final Deadline for ARPA COBRA Subsidy Expiration Notices

"The expiration notice must be written in clear and understandable language to communicate that: [1] the ARPA COBRA subsidy for such individual will expire soon and the prominent identification of the date of such expiration and [2] such individual may be eligible for coverage without any subsidy through COBRA continuation coverage or coverage under a group health plan."  MORE >>

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

[Guidance Overview]

New Health Plan Guidance Regarding Transparency Regs and Last Year's Budget Act

"The government recognizes that the [transparency in coverage (TIC)] regulations require an online shopping tool for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2023 -- and the CAA also has similar-but-separate requirements.... The government intends to propose rulemaking requiring the same pricing information that is available online and in paper form (under the TIC regulations) will also be required by telephone. Additionally, the government will not enforce the CAA price comparison requirements until the plan year beginning on or after January 1, 2023 -- to align the compliance date of the TIC regulations with the compliance date of the CAA."  MORE >>

McAfee & Taft

Delta Air Lines Imposing $200/Month Premium Surcharge for Workers Who Refuse COVID Vaccine

"Delta appears to be the first major employer to publicly move forward with a surcharge. The $200-per-month surcharge will be applied beginning Nov. 1 to unvaccinated workers on Delta's insurance plan. The average Delta employee hospitalized for COVID-19 has cost the company $50,000, CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo to employees released by the airline."  MORE >>


Alert (High Risk Issue) icon Avoiding Retaliation Claims Under the Family Medical Leave Act

"The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued two decisions ... which highlight the robustness of the FMLA's anti-retaliation provision, simultaneously emphasizing to employers the importance of avoiding retaliatory conduct under the FMLA." [Lindsey v. Bio-Medical Applications of Louisiana, L.L.C., No. 20-30289 (5th Cir. Aug. 16, 2021); Campos v. Steves & Sons, Inc., No. 19-51100 (5th Cir. Aug. 16, 2021)]  MORE >>

Jackson Walker

The Company You Keep: Why Health Plans Should Abandon Antagonistic Vendor Relationships

"[V]endors don't want unhappy health plans. The problem is that they work within a model that sometimes pits their interests against that of their clients.... Anything beyond the scope is extra work -- and an extra revenue opportunity for them.... [H]ealth plans do best when they have true strategic partners, working side-by-side and arm-in-arm to help achieve collective success while offering an integrated system."  MORE >>

Evolent Health

Impacts of Healthcare Benefits Complexity Include Negative Effect on Mental and Physical Well-Being, and on Workplace Productivity

"Among individuals who experienced challenges with healthcare (79% overall), 57% suffered a resulting negative impact ... For people with complex or chronic conditions, 76% said they had suffered a negative health impact because of healthcare complexity ... 60% of all respondents said they have had to spend time during their workday on healthcare-related tasks for themselves or a loved one in the past two years."  MORE >>

Quantum Health

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Implementation Specialist
for Ubiquity Retirement + Savings Implementation Specialist

Ubiquity Retirement + Savings

Remote / San Francisco CA / AZ / CO / FL / IL / KY / LA / MA / MS / NC / NJ / NV / NY / OH / OR / RI / SC / TN / TX / WA

View job as Implementation Specialist
for Ubiquity Retirement + Savings

View job as Plan Administrator
for Aimpoint Pension Plan Administrator

Aimpoint Pension

Remote / Pompano Beach FL

View job as Plan Administrator
for Aimpoint Pension

View job as Conversion Account Manager
for Nova 401(k) Associates Conversion Account Manager

Nova 401(k) Associates

Remote / Houston TX

View job as Pension Plan Administrator
for Pension Management Consultants,Inc Pension Plan Administrator

Pension Management Consultants,Inc

Remote / Modesto CA

View job as Relationship Manager
for Compass Retirement Consulting Group, Inc./Compass 360, LLC Relationship Manager

Compass Retirement Consulting Group, Inc./Compass 360, LLC

Remote / Stratham NH / MA

View job as Relationship Manager
for MVP Plan Administrators, Inc. Relationship Manager

MVP Plan Administrators, Inc.

Remote / Cary NC

View job as Sr. Actuarial Analyst
for Newport Sr. Actuarial Analyst


Chicago IL

View job as Senior Retirement Specialist
for Alerus Senior Retirement Specialist



Press Releases

TRA Hires Mark McCool as Regional Sales Consultant

The Retirement Advantage [TRA]

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

COVID-19: Assessing the Impact to Plan for the Future

August 26, 2021 WEBCAST


Risk Adjustment: Comprehensive, Controversial or Both?

October 6, 2021 WEBCAST

Conference of Consulting Actuaries

2021 Ascend

November 15, 2021 in NV


Last Issue's Most Popular Items

New Guidance Delays Certain Key Health Benefit Effective Dates

Ogletree Deakins

CMS Delays Enforcement of Key Parts of Price Transparency Rule by Six Months


DOL Intends to Shine a Light on Mental Health Parity

Holland & Hart LLP

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