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


Preparing for Open Enrollment With a Hybrid Workforce As open enrollment season approaches, many employers are finding themselves with hybrid workforces due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a mix of employees working on-site and remotely, it’s imperative employers make necessary adjustments to secure a successful open enrollment. What Employers Can Do Here… Read More


Coping With Pandemic Financial Stress Many households were stressed about their finances before the pandemic, but the past year has remained just as challenging. As a result, many Americans are still financially stressed out, which can negatively impact their mental health. If you are experiencing financial stress, know that you’re not alone. According to a… Read More


  Provided by Employers Select Insurance Services Considering a Hybrid Work Model Work flexibility is consistently cited as a post-pandemic trend, and many employers are already introducing hybrid work models in their reopening plans. A hybrid workplace is a flexible model designed to support a workforce of both on-site and remote employees. In some arrangements,… Read More


PCORI Fees Due Aug. 2, 2021 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors to pay Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fees (PCORI fees). The fees are reported and paid annually using IRS Form 720 (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return). Issuers and plan sponsors are generally required to pay the PCORI… Read More


Summer Travel Safety Tips As millions of Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 and businesses resume normal operations, people are likely making plans to travel this summer. Of those planning to travel, 74% will take a domestic trip and 13% will travel internationally. Also, millennials report being the most excited to plan trips and get back… Read More


Brought to you by EWG’s 2021 Dirty Dozen List Is Here Nearly 70% of non-organic produce sold in the United States contains pesticide residue, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Every year, the EWG ranks pesticide residue levels of fruits and vegetables based on samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the… Read More


Cybercrime and Benefits Plans There is a cyberattack every 39 seconds, according to recent estimates from the University of Maryland. Data breaches and cyberattacks are daily headlines—and employee benefits plans are no exception to those threats. In fact, employee benefits plans are even more vulnerable as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Organizations and benefits providers are… Read More


Provided by Employers Select Insurance Services Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Cards After receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, an employee should be given a vaccine card that lists which vaccine was given, how many doses, the date(s) received and where it was administered. If receiving a two-dose vaccine, the employee would receive a card after their first dose… Read More


Brought to you by Employers Select Insurance Services, Inc. Self-care and Your Mental Health More than half of adults in the United States will experience mental illness—which refers to a variety of conditions that affect one’s mood, behavior, feelings or thinking—at some point in their life. Mental illnesses can occur occasionally, while others are chronic.… Read More