Brown & Brown Update: Blue Shield / Stanford Health Agreement Expires

Blue Shield of California and Stanford Health have been engaged in discussions to renegotiate the terms of Stanford's hospital agreement (HMO/PPO) for Stanford Medical Center/Stanford Healthcare-University Healthcare Alliance PPO professional services, Valleycare Medical Center, and…

Quarterly Insurance Brief: April 2018

Quarterly Insurance Brief: April 2018

The Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   Employers that provide health insurance coverage in states with...

March Newsletter: Gym Fears and Facts About Colonoscopies

March Newsletter: Gym Fears and Facts About Colonoscopies

If going to the gym makes you nervous, you’re not alone. Many people feel uncomfortable going to a new place with new people. But, if you find ways to deal with these fears, you could end up with a healthy habit that makes you feel great!

2018 Health Savings Account Limits

Yesterday the Internal Revenue Service released a bulletin which included IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-18: Inflation-Adjusted Amounts, Revised for Statutory Amendments of the Budget Reconciliation Act. The maximum family annual contribution has been reduced from $6,900 to $6,850. This change is effective immediately. If you allow employees...

February Newsletter: Vision Health and Blood Pressure Facts

February Newsletter: Vision Health and Blood Pressure Facts

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of blindness in older adults.
AMD damages central vision, which means things like reading, driving and seeing faces are limited
or impossible. There is no cure for AMD, but there are procedures and steps you can take to help
save vision. Lower your risk of getting AMD with these tips...

January Newsletter: Resolutions and Scam Alerts

January Newsletter: Resolutions and Scam Alerts

If going to the gym makes you nervous, you’re not alone. Many people feel uncomfortable going to a new place with new people. But, if you find ways to deal with these fears, you could end up with a healthy habit that makes you feel great!

Quarterly Insurance Brief: January 2018

Quarterly Insurance Brief: January 2018

Here are the benefit highlights from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Individual Mandate: The bill zeros out the penalty beginning in 2019 for individuals failing to maintain minimum essential coverage without an actual repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate. It is important to note that the individual mandate penalties remains in effect for 2017 and 2018. The IRS has indicated that individual tax returns filed electronically in 2018 will not be accepted unless...

December Wellness Newsletter: Hair Loss and Flu Shots

December Wellness Newsletter: Hair Loss and Flu Shots

Hair loss is a common issue among men and women alike. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says about 50 million men and 30 million women have some degree of hair loss or baldness. Most of the time, this is due to hereditary hair loss. Sometimes, however, hair loss is a sign of a health problem. Hair loss can sometimes be caused by...

CA. New Parent Leave Act

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the New Parent Leave Act (SB 63) ("the Act") into law, requiring employers with at least 20 employees, but less than 50, to provide employees with...

Executive Actions on Health Care

On October 12th President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) directing various departments to consider easing some health insurance rules related to small businesses, short-term health insurance policies and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs). Through the EO, the Administration aims to provide...

Quarterly Insurance Brief

Quarterly Insurance Brief

It’s that time of year again! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires entities to provide an annual notice to Part D eligible individuals before October 15 indicating whether its plan’s coverage is creditable or non-creditable. The Disclosure Notice requirement applies to Part D eligible individuals who are active or retired employees, as well as those who are covered as spouses or dependents under active or retiree coverage.
If your plan data does not include dependent data in the detail necessary to identify eligible dependents who may be Medicare Beneficiaries, you may...

October Wellness Newsletter: Distracted Driving and Breast Cancer Facts

October Wellness Newsletter: Distracted Driving and Breast Cancer Facts

Though driving a car may seem like a simple task, it requires quick reflexes, concentration and reasoning. When a driver is distracted, some — or all — of these important skills can be lost. Distracted driving means the driver is doing something other than focusing on the road ahead. It can be anything that takes the driver’s mind off of driving, hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. In
the age of smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices, it’s easy to...

Quarterly Insurance Brief

Quarterly Insurance Brief

It has been almost two months since the House of Representatives narrowly passed its ACA repeal and replace proposal - The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) - on May 4, 2017. It was unclear whether Senate republicans would attempt to pass the AHCA in the same form it was passed in the House, pass the AHCA with amendments, or scrap the AHCA and...