Excessive Phone Use and Associated Health Risks
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Excessive Phone Use and Associated Health Risks

Ever stop scrolling on social media and realize you’ve been on the app for way too long? That’s the reality for many people as every video view, swipe and double-tap add up. According to data.ai, the average American spent 4.8 hours each day on mobile devices in 2021—that’s one-third of daily waking hours. This article…

Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines Updated
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Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines Updated

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently updated its preventive services guidelines to expand the list of women’s preventive services that group health plans are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Updated preventive services guidelines generally take effect for plan years beginning on or…

Reminder: Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2022 for Calendar Year Plans
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Reminder: Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2022 for Calendar Year Plans

Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable. This disclosure requirement applies when an employer-sponsored group health plan provides prescription drug coverage…

How to Get Your Free At-home COVID-19 Tests
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How to Get Your Free At-home COVID-19 Tests

If you participate in a health plan—through your employer or otherwise—you are likely eligible for free over-the-counter COVID-19 tests for home use. Details vary by plan, but here are basics about this cost-saving opportunity: Tests—In many instances, insurance companies are required to reimburse you $12 per individual test. An insurer is required to provide reimbursement…

Emotional Wellness Checklist
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Emotional Wellness Checklist

Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. Here are tips for improving your emotional health: BE MINDFUL The concept of mindfulness is simple. This ancient practice is about being completely aware of what’s happening in the present—of all that’s going on inside and all that’s…

2022 Health Plan Compliance Deadlines
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2022 Health Plan Compliance Deadlines

Employers must comply with numerous reporting and disclosure requirements throughout the year in connection with their group health plans. This Compliance Overview explains key 2022 compliance deadlines for employer-sponsored group health plans. It also outlines group health plan notices that employers must provide each year. Some of the compliance deadlines summarized below are tied to…

CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Linked to Packaged Salads
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CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Linked to Packaged Salads

According to a recent food safety alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads. So far, the outbreak has resulted in two deaths and 17 illnesses across 13 states. A recall on Dole salads comes as the CDC investigates a separate listeria outbreak tied…