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February 2021 Compliance Recap

February was a relatively busy month in the employee benefits world. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 regarding the end of the COVID-19 outbreak period. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-15 providing guidance on health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), dependent care flexible spending arrangements (DCAPs), and cafeteria plan … Continued

Proposed Rule Amending the HIPAA Privacy Rule – Part 2

3/9/2021 Update: OCR extended the due date for public comments on the proposed rule to May 6, 2021. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Department) issued a proposed rule modifying the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to support … Continued

SSG Insights | 02.26.21

Temporary Health FSA and DCAP Relief 2/22/21 Update: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-15 clarifying the relief provided under the Appropriations Act for health FSAs and DCAPs and provides additional cafeteria plan relief. The Appropriations Act builds on previously issued guidance (IRS Notice 2020-29 and 2020-33), by expanding the opportunities for plan sponsors … Continued

Driving HR Efficiencies With Technology

Improving workplace efficiency is about helping employees work smarter, not harder. HR professionals spend much of their everyday time and energy managing the following tasks: Employee information Payroll, including timesheets and paid time off (PTO) requests Employee benefits Technology Applications The following are examples of how workflows can be revamped with automation and software: Having … Continued

COVID-19 Fraud Protection

The COVID-19 crisis has not only stolen the health and well-being of people all over the world, but now, it seems, it has opened the door to criminals who want to steal your money and your identity. Historically, when there are times of crisis, the crime rate increases. We see this with natural disasters when … Continued

Your Guide to Thyroid Disease and Thyroid Cancer at Any Age

Nearly 30 million Americans are affected by thyroid disease, and The American Cancer Society reported that until recently, thyroid cancer was the “most rapidly increasing cancer in the U.S., largely due to increased detection.” Where is your thyroid gland and how do you know if you have an issue? Your thyroid is a vital hormone gland and … Continued

What to Know About Life Insurance for Diabetics

Many people falsely believe that life insurance for diabetics doesn’t exist. In reality, there are quite a few life insurance options for the 34.2 million Americans who have diabetes. While diabetes remains a health challenge for many, it is still very possible to secure good life insurance as a diabetic. Here are some key things to know … Continued

Option For Some To Renew Policies That Do Not Fully Meet ACA Standards

In the fall of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a transitional reliefprogramthat allowed state insurance departments to permit early renewal at the end of 2013 of individual and small group policies that do not meet the “market reform” requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and for … Continued

DEC 2020 | Compliance Recap

December was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes the No Surprises Act and other group health plan provisions. The Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued two interim recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. The Department of Health and Humans Services … Continued