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    Topic: Benefits Healthcare

    Defined: Paid Parental Leave and How to Announce Changes to a Policy
    By Drew Gieseke on May 2, 2021 | 6 min read time

    As the benefits season rolls around, it’s always best practice to evaluate your organization’s current offerings to see what works, what doesn’t,...

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    How ACA Affordability Thresholds Impact Employer Health Plans
    By Drew Gieseke on April 27, 2021 | 4 min read time

    Each year, the IRS issues a new affordability threshold that ACA-compliant organizations must meet for employee health plans. Find out how...

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    Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Settlement: What You Should Know
    By Lauren Brown on April 26, 2021 | 1 min read time

    Members who were covered by certain Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance or administrative services plans between February 2008 and October...

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    What is Amazon Care, and How Could it Impact the Healthcare Industry?
    By Drew Gieseke on April 1, 2021 | 4 min read time

    In mid-March 2021, Amazon announced the nationwide launch of Amazon Care, a healthcare service that is expected to debut in the summer of 2021....

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    What Are Required Annual Notices for Employee Benefits in 2021?
    By Drew Gieseke on March 6, 2021 | 6 min read time

    Among the countless responsibilities HR professionals oversee on a daily basis, compliance remains one of the most vital for the continued...

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    What Are the Different Types of Health Plans Offered by Employers?
    By Drew Gieseke on March 2, 2021 | 6 min read time

    The U.S. healthcare system is complex. Between deductibles, copays, and in-network providers, it can be difficult for employers and employees...

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    How to Find the Best Benefits Administration Software for Employees
    By Drew Gieseke on February 23, 2021 | 4 min read time

    Organizations in the process of searching for or switching to a different HR and benefits software solution may at first feel overwhelmed by the...

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    Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: Do I Have to Classify Some Employees as Hourly?
    By Lauren Brown on February 22, 2021 | 4 min read time

    Besides part-time and full-time, perhaps one of the most important classifications of employees is distinguishing between exempt and non-exempt....

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    What is the Difference Between HSAs and HRAs?
    By Lauren Brown on February 11, 2021 | 3 min read time

    Benefits like HSAs and HRAs both allow employees to save on health costs by having tax-free funds dedicated to medical expenses. While the...

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    What is the Difference Between Short-Term and Long-Term Disability?
    By Lauren Brown on February 9, 2021 | 3 min read time

    The term disability leave is often used as a blanket term for a few different types of leave, including medical, sick, short-term disability...

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