Wellbeing Resources – Week of June 29th

June 29, 2020
As all of you know, stress related to the pandemic is having an enormous impact on people’s mental health.  According to a COVID-19 survey from SHRM that was conducted in April, 22-35% of employees reported experiencing symptoms of depression often, and as many as 2 in 3 are experiencing... Find out more »

CMS Guidance: Accumulator Programs

June 23, 2020
WHAT IS AN ACCUMULATOR PROGRAM? Many prescription drug manufacturers offer financial assistance (e.g. coupons) to patients in order to reduce their out of pocket costs, particularly for very expensive drugs. Standard practice is for an "accumulator program" to exclude the value of such... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

June 22, 2020
As many states are starting to ease restrictions and as some employees begin to return to work, our minds are focused on what the next phase of the pandemic will look like. Many companies are, wisely, issuing surveys about employee concerns regarding a return to work and needs for the future. What... Find out more »

COVID-19 Update: How Insurance Companies are Helping Consumers

June 18, 2020
In addition to payment relief to some customers, insurance companies are maintaining staff and supporting national pandemic relief efforts. Immediate Customer Solutions Many insurers are offering payment relief. For example, auto insurers have returned $10.5 billion so far to... Find out more »

As HHS Finalizes Its Updated §1557 Rules, the United States Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects Individuals From Discrimination Due To Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

June 17, 2020
On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its Final Rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which, among other things, modifies the regulation issued by HHS in May 2016 (“2016 Rules”).  The 2016 Rules were subject to... Find out more »

Legal Alert: IRS Releases Updated Form 720 Used For PCORI Fee Payments

June 16, 2020
As we recently reported, on June 8, 2020, the IRS released the applicable PCORI fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.  As we indicated in that alert, an updated Form 720 had not yet been released and, therefore, employers were advised to wait to file their... Find out more »

Alera Group Releases Results of COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey: Phase 2

One-Third of All Employers Furloughed Employees Yet Nearly 85% Plan to Bring Back Workers Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, today released the results of the Alera Group COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey: Phase 2.... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

June 15, 2020
I was catching up on some of Dr. Rosie Ward’s recent blogs yesterday and one point she made that resonated with me is that emotional literacy is becoming critical. She notes that whether people are processing the grief and trauma of this pandemic now or later, at some point it will... Find out more »
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Danielle Capilla Named Among Top 20 Women in Benefit Advising

June 11, 2020
Capilla Included in Employee Benefit Adviser’s Annual Award Danielle Capilla, Employee Benefits Director of Compliance for Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, was chosen as one of the Top Women in Benefit Advising... Find out more »
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Sally Prather Named One of Employee Benefit Adviser’s Top Women in Benefit Advising

June 10, 2020
Prather One of Only 20 Women Selected Nationally Sally Prather, Employee Benefits Practice Leader at Alera Group, was named as one of Employee Benefit Adviser’s (EBA) Top Women in Benefit Advising for 2020. As one of only 20 winners selected in the U.S., Prather exemplifies industry expertise,... Find out more »