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5 CAA Benefits Changes and their Tax-Exempt Entity Impact

Dan Kuperstein

Working with your benefits partners will be essential to navigating these CAA benefits changes| Corporate Synergies

Tax-exempt entities must understand how the CAA benefits changes impacted (and continue to impact) FSAs, DCAPs, and other health and welfare plans. Although extraordinarily helpful to benefit plan participants, the coronavirus (COVID-19) tax relief available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, … Read More

What Employers Need to Know about CAA Requirements

Travis Turner

Make sure your organization is ready to comply with these CAA requirements | Corporate Synergies

Whether self-funded or fully insured, employers have the ultimate responsibility and liability to ensure compliance with CAA requirements. Many of the provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), passed in late December 2020, are now effective in 2022. … Read More

CAA Questions Employers Should Be Asking

Corporate Synergies

Asking these CAA questions can lead your organization to a light bulb moment | Corporate Synergies

When complying with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, let these CAA questions help guide your organization. As more Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) requirements go into effect in 2022, employers may struggle to figure out exactly what they … Read More

Boost your EAP with Voluntary Benefits

Nick Park

Boosting your EAP with voluntary benefits will help support, attract and retain employees | Corporate Synergies

Even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, mental health and holistic wellness were some of the hottest topics in benefits. After all, they seem like no-brainers: Happier, less stressed employees are more productive, require less sick time … Read More

Rethinking the EAP Value Assessment

Travis Turner

Organizations can realize an EAP’s value even if only some employees use it | Corporate Synergies

An EAP’s value is not always apparent, but when properly selected, communicated and administered, they are one of the most cost-effective benefits. Though emergency services aren’t at the center of every employee’s benefits experience, employee assistance programs (EAPs) are a … Read More

Our Take: Participants Will Need Help Navigating OTC COVID-19 Test Coverage

Corporate Synergies

Insurer OTC COVID-19 test coverage processes vary which can be difficult to navigate | Corporate Synergies

Employers must review carefully and communicate OTC COVID-19 test coverage details to participants, especially if they offer plans from multiple carriers. Effective January 15, 2022, group health plans and health insurers must cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests without any cost-sharing … Read More

Our Take: HDHPs Promote Cost-Conscious Behavior, Survey Shows

Corporate Synergies

HDHPs promoted cost-conscious behavior and encouraged enrollees to shop around for medical care | Corporate Synergies

A new survey shows that HDHPs are another tool employers can use to promote cost-conscious behavior for plan participants. As healthcare costs continue to rise for employers and plan participants, healthcare consumerism and benefits literacy education remain an important tool … Read More

3 Steps to Choosing the Right EAP for your Organization

Travis Turner

Choosing the right EAP to support employees doesn’t have to be a mystery | Corporate Synergies

EAPs provide employees with essential support—and make your organization more attractive. Here’s how to choose the right EAP for your group. An employee assistance program (EAP) is an important part of your employee benefits package, but choosing the right EAP … Read More

Long-Term Benefits Plans Safeguard Companies from Turbulent Times

Harrison Newman and Pamela Smith

A strong long-term benefits plan can help your organization weather the storm | Corporate Synergies

The value of a long-term benefits plan isn’t just the plan itself but what it reveals about an organization’s goals, priorities and resources. As Warren Buffet said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a … Read More

How Employers Should Prepare for the Federal Vaccine Mandate

Raymond Kim and Dan Kuperstein

Employers should have a plan for the federal vaccine mandate despite its suspension | Corporate Synergies

Though the federal vaccine mandate may be in question, there are still steps employers can take to prepare for that policy or to implement their own. If you’re a large or mid-sized private business, chances are you’ve been following the … Read More