The Art of Mindful Eating
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The Art of Mindful Eating

Taking time to be mindful of your eating process and not focusing on restricting calories could enhance your awareness of the experience, improve your relationship with food and help you lose weight. Mindful eating can be an essential practice in today’s multitasking world. Multitasking while eating can lead to less satisfaction with your meals, less…

Pay or Play Affordability Percentage Decreased for 2023
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Pay or Play Affordability Percentage Decreased for 2023

On Aug. 1, 2022, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2022-34 to index the contribution percentages in 2023 for determining the affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2023, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not…

Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2022
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Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2022

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, 2022—the…

Initiatives to Promote a Healthy Weight
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Initiatives to Promote a Healthy Weight

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is important to an individual’s overall health. Being overweight can lead to serious health problems, affecting both the employee’s well-being and your company’s health care costs. Activities and Programs for Encouraging Healthy Weight Weight loss is typically achieved through the proper balance of exercise and proper nutrition, as well…

Investing in Employee Health & Well-Being Through On-Site Health Care
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Investing in Employee Health & Well-Being Through On-Site Health Care

Amid the rising cost of health care and current labor challenges, employers are increasingly investing in employee health and well-being as an essential part of their workforce strategy. Many organizations see a strong connection between employee health and well-being and their overall business performance. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that…

FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Boosters Targeting Omicron Variants
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FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Boosters Targeting Omicron Variants

On Aug. 31, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized updated COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech that target the dominant BA.4 and highly contagious BA.5 coronavirus Omicron subvariants. Both modified vaccines still target the original coronavirus strain. The FDA authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech modified booster for people age 12 and older and the…

Survey Finds Health Benefit Cost Growth Will Accelerate by 5.6% in 2023
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Survey Finds Health Benefit Cost Growth Will Accelerate by 5.6% in 2023

The average health benefit cost per U.S. employee is expected to increase by 5.6% in 2023, according to early results from Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-sponsored Health Plans 2022. This is significantly higher than the 4.4% projected increase for 2022 but is still lower than overall inflation. The expected 5.6% increase accounts for changes employers…

CDC Ends COVID-19 Social Distancing and Quarantine Recommendations, Eases Testing Guidance
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CDC Ends COVID-19 Social Distancing and Quarantine Recommendations, Eases Testing Guidance

On Aug. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new COVID-19 community guidance that ends or eases several key recommendations, including social distancing and quarantine. This change shows how much has changed since the pandemic began more than two years ago. The agency stated that nearly the entire U.S. population has some…

U .S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency
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U .S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

The United States recently declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency (PHE). The announcement came during a briefing with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The U.S. has confirmed more than 6,600 cases of monkeypox in 48 states. The PHE declaration by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra is intended to help mobilize more resources to…