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Creating a Strong Safety Culture

Posted on May 15, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), developing a strong safety culture has the single greatest impact on accident reduction of any workplace practice. This is why developing a safety culture should be a top priority for the managers and supervisors at your organization.   Safety Culture A safety…
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Market Stabilization Final Rule Issued

Posted on May 15, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     On April 14, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a market stabilization final rule under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule includes new reforms intended to help lower premiums, stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and increase choices for the 2018 plan…
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Notice of Change to Out-of-Network Payment Hierarchy for Fully Insured Groups

Posted on May 15, 2017 | News to Know

BY UNITED HEALTHCARE     Beginning July 1, 2017, UnitedHealthcare will discontinue shared savings programs with vendors such as MultiPlan® and First Health® throughout Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming for our new and renewing fully insured membership. We will defer to the extended and maximum non-network reimbursement programs to process non-network claims.   What this…
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Telemedicine—Impact on HSA Eligibility

Posted on May 14, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     Telemedicine is becoming a popular method of providing a variety of medical services. Some employers offer a telemedicine benefit that allows employees to interact with health care professionals via phone, video chat, email or text for diagnosis, consultation and treatment. Employers that offer high deductible health plans (HDHPs) that are compatible…
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IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2018

Posted on May 14, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     Overview On May 5, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018. These limits include: The maximum HSA contribution limit; The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs; and The maximum out-of-pocket expense…
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Does it really matter which insurance advisory firm I use?

Posted on April 18, 2017 | Blog

  By Todd Hufford | COO     Can we talk candidly? Do you have your beverage of choice handy? Ok, let me pull back the curtain for you a bit. Did you know that there are over 38,000 insurance firms in the United States? There are only about 5,000 banks, and I don’t mean…
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Transitioning Toward Success: Creating the Right Policies for Newfound Independence

Posted on April 7, 2017 | Case Study

By Todd Hufford | COO     For businesses facing a major organizational transition, the process of finding and implementing a new set of insurance policies to meet their needs is often a difficult but necessary part of the process. The intricacies of finding the right policies can not only be confusing, but also a…
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News To Know – March 2017

Posted on April 5, 2017 | News to Know

HHS EXTENDS TRANSITION POLICY FOR NON-ACA COMPLIANT HEALTH PLANS FEB 23, 2017 | BY CONNER INSURANCE On Feb. 23, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year, to policy years beginning…
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HHS Extends Transition Policy For Non-ACA Compliant Health Plans

Posted on March 21, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     On Feb. 23, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year, to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2018. In states that allow it, health…
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A Homeowner’s Guide to Summer Preparation

Posted on February 9, 2017 | News to Know

BY TONY WILCOX | Personal Lines Advisor     Keeping your home safe and maintained in the spring With the spring season fast approaching and the weather already beginning to shift, it’s crucial for any homeowner to maintain their property and ensure that no issues have begun to arise that will get worse and result in…
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The Biggest First Purchase: Building First-Time Homeowners Up for Success

Posted on January 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY TONY WILCOX | Personal Lines Advisor     If you’re considering buying a new home for the first time, congratulations! This step is not only a milestone in your life, but also one of the most significant investments you will ever make, setting yourself up for a stable and comfortable life for years or even…
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2016 Furnishing Deadline For ACA Reporting Delayed

Posted on December 15, 2016 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE       On Nov. 18, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-70 to: Extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2016 for 30 days, from Jan. 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017; and Extend good-faith transition relief from penalties related to 2016 information…
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Updated Form I-9 Released

Posted on December 15, 2016 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE       On Nov. 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form). Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee or hires an individual for employment in the…
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Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court

Posted on December 2, 2016 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE       Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court On Nov. 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction, halting the enforcement of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule until further notice. The rule, which was set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, would have increased…
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Onboarding

Posted on November 24, 2016 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE       Onboarding is a trending term in the world of HR, but not everyone knows what it is or how to do it.   What is Onboarding? According to the Society for Human Resource Management, “Onboarding is the process by which new hires get adjusted to the social and performance…
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