News Archive

  • 09.17.18

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia to Become Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) has recently announced that they will be changing their name to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem), effective January 1, 2019. Members will not experience any changes to service models, networks, or account representatives, and Anthem will remain headquartered in Georgia.…

  • 09.12.18

    IRS Responds to TCJA Changes

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), enacted in December 2017, changed the way tax is calculated for most taxpayers, including those with income not subject to withholding.  With nearly 10 million U.S. taxpayers facing a penalty for underpayment of estimated tax last year, the IRS is campaigning for employers…

  • 08.29.18

    Does Workplace Culture Really Impact Employee Health?

    When looking for the answer to improving employee well-being and controlling health care costs, we often are asking the wrong questions. Conversations about who the best vendor partners are, the latest and greatest in technology, or hottest trends typically fill up meeting times and lead to discussions around pricing, engagement…

  • 08.15.18

    August 2018 Live Well, Work Well Newsletter

    In this edition, you'll learn why your phone may be disrupting your sleep, how your trips to the pool may negatively affect your health, and the importance of vaccinations at every age. Trouble Sleeping? Your Phone May Be to Blame Yes, you read that headline right. According to a new…

  • 08.8.18

    Associated Health Plans Final Rules

    Background: Why is the expansion of Associated Health Plans (AHPs) important? When different employers join together to provide benefits to their employees, the result is usually a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA).  While a MEWA can offer some financial advantages over separate plans, in most cases, each participating employer must…

  • 07.20.18

    Skin Cancer: Are You Safe in the Sun?

    Many people describe sun-tanned skin as a “healthy glow,” but it’s not exactly the truth. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Sun Damage Any type of suntan is the result of sun damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Other types of sun…

  • 07.11.18

    Employer Tax Deduction Eliminated

    Effective January 1, 2018, the employer tax deduction for qualified transportation fringe expenses was eliminated. Specifically, the new rule states that no deduction is available for “any expense incurred for providing any transportation, or any payment or reimbursement, to an employee of the taxpayer in connection with travel between the…

  • 06.22.18

    Men’s Health Month

    Preventive care, including regular doctor visits, is important for everyone. The following screenings are recommended for men to maintain good health and catch health problems early: Body Measurement The American Heart Association recommends that men over age 20 have body measurements taken every two years, although your frequency may vary…

  • 06.18.18

    Kaiser Permanente and Emory Healthcare to Provide Integrated Inpatient Care

    Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente will collaborate to develop a new care model that provides Kaiser Permanente members and patients with a fully integrated health care experience, and in the process, advances patient-centered care in metro Atlanta and beyond. As a part of this integration, Emory University Hospital Midtown and…

  • 06.12.18

    IRS Releases Guidance on HSAs, HDHPs, and ACA Affordability

    The IRS was busy in May and released new revenue procedures that changed certain percentages and limits that directly impact employer-provided employee benefits.These increases will not go into effect until January 1, 2019, but put them on your calendar now! You will need the new numbers as you start reviewing…