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EEOC Issues New Wellness Rules: The GINA Rule

Topic: Benefits

by Senior Legal Editor Joan Farrell, JD

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a final rule on employer-sponsored wellness programs in relation to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The GINA wellness rule provides guidance for employers that offer incentives to an employee for information from the employee’s spouse about a manifested disease or disorder. The agency also released a wellness rule related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), covered here.

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Compensation in 5

HHS Working On Developing Better Zika Diagnostics

Topic: Benefits

Good news if you have employees who travel: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHR) is working on improving diagnostic tests for the Zika virus by supporting the collection of blood samples from people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico who have been infected with Zika. These samples will be collected and made available to diagnostic companies for use in validating the performance of their tests.

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Your Health Insurance Premiums May Be Higher than You Realize

Topic: Benefits

by Jamie L. Leary, JD, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

To avoid triggering excise taxes under the play-or-pay mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an applicable large employer (ALE) must offer minimum-value health insurance to its full-time employees at affordable premiums, as defined by the ACA.

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Health Plan Costs On the Rise, Says New Survey

Topic: Benefits

Health insurance premium renewal rates increased an average of 6.2% for all plans in 2015, up from the previous year’s 5.6% increase, according to new survey data released by United Benefit Advisors (UBA), an independent employee benefits advisory organization. Small businesses with fewer than 25 employees, which account for five million U.S. employers, were hit the hardest, finds UBA.

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Agencies Release New SBC Template and Glossary

Topic: Benefits

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of the Treasury have announced enhancements to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template and uniform glossary. The changes include an additional coverage example and language and terms meant to improve consumers’ understanding of their health coverage.

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