• March 30, 2019

    Compliance Alert: DOJ Supports Federal Court Ruling Invalidating the ACA

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7538″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Overview On Dec. 14, 2018, a federal judge ruled in Texas v. Azar that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalid due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. In response, …

  • March 29, 2019

    Compliance Alert: Federal Court Strikes Down Association Health Plan Rules

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7533″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Overview On March 28, 2019, a federal judge ruled that parts of the Trump administration’s 2018 final rule on association health plans (AHPs) were invalid. The court directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider …

  • March 27, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Strategies for Good Nutrition!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7523″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Do you want to eat better? Below are a few strategies that can help make good nutrition a bit easier to achieve. Make vegetables and fruit convenient. If you open the fridge and the first things you see …

  • March 27, 2019

    Compliance Alert: DOL Clarifies Employer Obligation to Designate FMLA Leave

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7517″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Overview The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of leave (26 weeks for military …

  • March 20, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Exercise Myths!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7498″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Don’t let these common exercise myths sabotage your workout goals.   Myth #1: There’s no point in exercising if you don’t have time …

  • March 18, 2019

    Is Lilly trying to change the economics of drug pricing?

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Blog: Jim Harenberg, VP Strategic Solutions[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7473″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As a Lilly alumnus, I will disclose I hold the company in high regard for many reasons: its relentless pursuit of innovative medicines; its intelligent and passionate employees striving to cure …

  • March 14, 2019

    Compliance Alert: IRS Allows Employers to Recover Mistaken HSA Contributions

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7459″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Overview The IRS recently released an information letter describing circumstances that would allow an employer to recover contributions mistakenly made to its employees’ HSAs. Previously, IRS guidance allowed employers to recover HSA contributions in very …

  • March 13, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: ACHOO! Spring Allergies & You!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7455″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Flu season may be winding down, but runny noses and sneezing may now start pestering many people who are allergic to trees, grass and flowers. Below are some self-help strategies to help you tackle spring allergies. Use a …

  • March 13, 2019

    Federal Ruling Against UnitedHealthcare Disconcerting at Best

    Apex Opinion: John Gause, President & CEO I recently read that a federal judge found United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare, in violation of federal law and “created internal policies that effectively discriminated against those seeking mental health and …

  • March 6, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Enhancing our People Skills!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7442″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our softer, interpersonal skills help us build strong team relations, problem-solve and stay positive on the job. In fact, most employers now consider soft skills, or people skills, a critical priority. Consider working on these primary skills to enhance your workplace: Communication. Whether …

  • February 28, 2019

    Patti Boudrot

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image source=”featured_image” img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1515770131629{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Patti Boudrot Account Executive Patti utilizes her knowledge and relationships to help develop the best overall strategy for her clients. She is a strong believer in education for …

  • February 27, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Developing the right eating plan!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7429″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As February winds down, March kicks into gear with National Nutrition Month – a good time for us to reflect on our diets and physical activity. We all know the importance and the challenges of maintaining a …

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