Initiatives to Fight Diabetes
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Initiatives to Fight Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, and the rate of new cases continues to rise each year. Furthermore, the CDC estimates almost one-third of people with diabetes may be undiagnosed. This is a dangerous figure, as…

U.S. Panel Says Most Adults Shouldn’t Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attack
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U.S. Panel Says Most Adults Shouldn’t Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attack

On Oct. 12, 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force changed its guidance on aspirin use, stating that most adults do not need to take aspirin to prevent first heart attacks or strokes. This change to a long-standing recommendation is based on new evidence that the potential harms of aspirin cancel out the benefits. Heart…

DA Releases Guidance Aiming to Cut Salt in Food Supply
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DA Releases Guidance Aiming to Cut Salt in Food Supply

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking food manufacturers and restaurants to cut the salt in their products over the next 2.5 years, hoping to reduce Americans’ overall sodium intake by 12%. The goal of this new recommendation is to reduce the rates of heart disease across the country. Heart disease is the…

FDA Authorizes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots
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FDA Authorizes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The agency also authorized the use of “mixing and matching” any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, including the Pfizer-BioNTech version. In other words, if an individual has received a full dose…

It’s Cold and Flu Season Again
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It’s Cold and Flu Season Again

With the fall and winter months comes flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity peaks between December and February, so now’s the time to ensure you’re prepared. Social distancing and mask mandates significantly prevented a “twindemic” last year as the flu season coincided with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic….

COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage and Premium Discounts FAQs
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COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage and Premium Discounts FAQs

On Oct. 4, 2021, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued FAQs addressing rules regarding premium incentives for COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid coverage of preventive services for COVID-19. Highlights Premium discounts for COVID-19 vaccination generally must be offered as part of a wellness program. These wellness programs…

Affordability Percentages Will Decrease for 2022
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Affordability Percentages Will Decrease for 2022

On Aug. 30, 2021, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2022 for determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2022, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed: 9.61% of…

Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2021
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Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2021

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals before Oct. 15, 2021—the…