ER vs. Urgent Care | Benefits Collaborative

All too often, illness or injury appears out of the blue: You wake up in the middle of the night with intense abdominal pain. You stumble while carrying groceries up a flight of stairs and can no longer put weight on your swollen ankle. Or your baby spikes a high fever on the weekend. These … Continued

Transparency Rules Require Plan Sponsors to Act Now Before July 1 Deadline | Benefits Collaborative

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (the Departments) released Transparency in Coverage (TiC) rules in late 2020 that will require fully insured and self-funded plan sponsors of non-grandfathered group health plans to make important disclosures about in-network and out-of-network rates beginning July 1, 2022. To be ready to meet that deadline, … Continued

5 Tips to Save Money on Health Care: Part 1 | Benefits Collaborative

Health insurance is essential to protecting your health but the high cost of coverage may leave you feeling sick.  Even after employers pick up a substantial amount of the cost, every year Americans spend thousands of dollars on healthcare while costs are continuing to rise. By taking certain steps, you can stretch your healthcare dollars … Continued

Understanding Your EOB | Benefits Collaborative

Let’s say that you visited the doctor and you are wondering how much that visit is going to cost.  A short while later, you receive something in the mail that looks like a bill – and even says “amount you owe” at the bottom.  However, it doesn’t have a return envelope or tear-off portion for … Continued

The Affordability Test for 2022 Health Plans | Benefits Collaborative

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provision — often called the employer mandate or “play or pay” — requires large employers to offer health coverage to their full-time employees or face a potential penalty. (Employers with fewer than 50 full-time and full-time-equivalent employees are exempt.) Large employers can avoid the risk of any play … Continued

Haven Healthcare – An Employee Benefit Advisor’s Perspective

by Bill Kite, Owner, D&S Agency We were excited when we first heard of the joint venture of Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway with their combined employee population of 1.2 million to “disrupt” healthcare costs. That excitement was further enhanced knowing leaders such as Dimon, Buffett and Bezos, with their midas touch, could potentially … Continued

End of Year Healthcare | Benefits Collaborative

As the weather turns cooler and shopping centers get busier, it’s easy to surmise that it’s nearing the end of the year. Are we all ready for 2020 to be over?! Yes, please! Since we are closing in on 2021, it’s time for you to maximize your healthcare plan by taking advantage of end-of-year healthcare … Continued

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