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Our Take: New Study Highlights the Importance of Benefits Literacy

Corporate Synergies

Healthcare cost questions stress the importance of benefits literacy for employees and consumers | Corporate Synergies

A new study suggests the importance of benefits literacy in helping employees make informed healthcare choices. The rise in apps and benefits technology platforms offer consumers more access to data, increased price transparency and presumably more control. Patients shopping around … Read More

CMS Explains COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Cost Sharing and Coverage

Corporate Synergies' Compliance Department experts

COVID-19 Testing & Immunization Must be Offered without Vaccine Cost Sharing | Corporate Synergies

Guidance clarifies insurers’ obligations regarding testing and vaccine cost sharing. As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout expands and testing remains essential, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) recent guidance goes even further to eliminate cost-related roadblocks. The guidance applies to … Read More

American Rescue Plan Act Requirements Include Updated COBRA Notices

Corporate Synergies' Compliance Department experts

The signed American Rescue Plan Act Requirements Intend to Stop the Economic Slide | Corporate Synergies

Along with much-needed relief, employers should note COBRA changes and necessary notices in the American Rescue Plan Act requirements. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, includes much-needed relief … Read More

DOL Issues Guidance on “Outbreak Period” Extension Rules

Corporate Synergies' Compliance Department experts

DOL: Outbreak Period Extension Timer Affords Each Individual their own One-Year Pause Period | Corporate Synergies

New Outbreak Period extension guidance clarifies that the one-year pause on certain compliance deadlines is to be assessed individually. On February 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL) issued guidance clarifying the “Outbreak Period” extension … Read More

IRS Guidance Clarifies FSA Rules

Corporate Synergies' Compliance Department experts

Compliance Experts Review the IRS’ recent guidance clarifying FSA rules | Corporate Synergies

IRS releases FSA rules guidance to clarify provisions in last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Since the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) in December 2020, employers and administrators have been working to interpret the new flexible spending … Read More

Beyond the 3 Pillars of Effective Employee Wellness Programs

Gary Cassidy

Three pillars for growing effective employee wellness programs that last | Corporate Synergies

One of our experts reevaluates what makes effective employee wellness programs and shares how to keep them engaging and enduring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found more than half of US worksites have programs focusing on physical … Read More

5 Likely Impacts of the Biden Administration on Benefits

Dan Kuperstein and Dorothy Summers

Impacts of the Biden Administration on benefits as a new term dawns | Corporate Synergies

Our compliance experts review the possible impacts of the Biden administration on benefits that they’re watching. As the U.S. presidency transitions to a new administration, we’ve identified 5 likely impacts of the Biden administration on benefits programs: The Affordable Care … Read More

Our Take: Encouraging Employee Routine Care during COVID-19

Corporate Synergies

Patient receives routine care during COVID-19 | Our Take by Corporate Synergies

Employers should encourage employee routine care during COVID-19 to help prevent future costs and health concerns. Among reports of pandemic-strained medical resources and calls to stay home, the importance of routine and preventative care can be lost. The U.S. Centers … Read More

Top 3 COVID-19 Benefits Compliance Considerations

Dan Kuperstein

HR executive tracking deadlines and top COVID-19 benefits compliance considerations | Corporate Synergies

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced waves of new regulation. Make sure you – and your employees – understand these top COVID-19 benefits compliance considerations. The complex patchwork of federal, state and local regulation for employee benefits and workplace safety during … Read More

Our Take: Amplifying the Call for Flu Shots during COVID-19

Corporate Synergies

Older Adult Getting Flu Shots during COVID-19 | Our Take by Corporate Synergies

Flu shots during COVID-19 can lead to fewer flu cases, fewer sick days and more resources for COVID-19 patients. The annual flu shot refrain continues, though welcomed COVID-19 vaccine updates seem to drown it out. While some may hesitate to … Read More