President Biden Directs States to Make All Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine by May 1

President Biden Directs States to Make All Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine by May 1

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden directed states to make all adults, ages 18 and older, eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations by May 1. The directive came during Biden’s first prime-time address, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began and hours after signing his administration’s $1.9 trillion relief bill into law. The president announced…

Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters

For more than 70 years, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May. Mental health—how you think, feel and act—can change over time due to factors like workload, stress and work-life balance. Although the past year has been challenging, the mental burden of the pandemic has enabled more transparency and empathy around mental health….

Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol Awareness

Consuming too much of anything is bad for you, but alcohol is among the worst. Over-indulging in alcohol increases your risk for injuries, unhealthy weight, disease and even some types of cancer. That’s why it’s so important to practice responsible drinking habits. With this in mind, consider the following tips: Set a reasonable drinking limit…

COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act
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COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law March 11, 2021, provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) and similar state continuation of coverage (mini-COBRA) programs. ARPA subsidies cover the full cost of COBRA or mini-COBRA premiums from April 1, 2021, through Sept….

American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021. Along with providing financial relief for individuals, state and local governments, schools, businesses and for other purposes, the law contains the following measures of special interest to employers and their employees: American Rescue Plan Contains Employment-related Provisions A subsidy…

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Released

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Released

The foods and beverages you consume have a significant impact on your health. Diet-related chronic diseases—such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and some types of cancer—are prevalent among Americans and pose a major public health problem. In fact, 60% of adults have one or more diet-related chronic diseases. Every five years, the U.S….

Success Story: Confidence Up, 40 Pounds Down!

Success Story: Confidence Up, 40 Pounds Down!

Crystal Neumann measures her success not only in the weight she has lost, but in the immense confidence and diligence she has gained. The American College of Education employee lost nearly 40 pounds, reduced her cholesterol levels, eliminated medications, transformed herself physically and mentally and has undeniably created a healthy path she refuses to let…

CDC Updates Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

CDC Updates Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released interim COVID-19 vaccine considerations. Notably, the guidance states that fully vaccinated individuals who meet certain criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19. According to the CDC, vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19…