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  • 03.30.17

    MLR Rebate Amounts Are ERISA “Plan Assets”

    MLR rebates are paid to the policyholder. That means the rebate will be distributed to the plan sponsor/employer of a group health plan. The plan sponsor will then have to determine whether a portion of the rebate is a “plan asset” as determined under ERISA. This is important because an…

  • 03.29.17

    Mary Pozatek Speaking at SOAHR 2017

    Mary Pozatek, Northwestern Benefit’s Lead Wellness Consultant, will speak at SOAHR 2017, SHRM-Atlanta’s Annual HR Conference.  She will present on the topic, “Worksite Wellness - Ensuring Integration With Your Total Benefits Strategy.” The conference will be held March 29-30, 2017, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta and will feature…

  • 03.17.17

    Healthy Eating Tips for National Nutrition Month

    Healthy Eating Tips for National Nutrition Month Anyone who has filled a plate from a buffet, eaten at a restaurant or packed a lunch knows that nutrition is a challenge. Each person likes to eat different foods, but some basic rules work for everyone. We all need to eat a…

  • 03.2.17

    Northwestern Benefit CEO Speaking on Benefits and the ACA

    Northwestern Benefit’s CEO David Asbury will be speaking in an all-day HR Seminar on Compliance Changes on March 2 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. The event is focused on large employers. Sponsored by Ultimate Software, Asbury will participate in a panel with other industry leaders to discuss Benefits…

  • 02.22.17

    Heart Health

    When you hear the phrase heart disease, you probably think “That’s not me.” But heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults, both men and women. What can you do to keep your heart healthy and lessen the chance of developing heart disease? A healthy lifestyle, including diet…

  • 02.21.17

    EEOC Wellness Notice

    New rules published on May 17, 2016, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require employers who offer wellness programs that collect employee health information to provide a notice to employees informing them what information will be collected, how it will be used, who will receive it, and what will…

  • 02.16.17

    Northwestern Benefit is One of Atlanta’s Healthiest Employers

    For the sixth year in a row, Northwestern Benefit is being recognized as one of Atlanta’s Healthiest Employers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The award assesses wellness programming in six categories: Leadership Commitment Foundation Components Strategic Planning Communication and Marketing Programming and Interventions Reporting and Analytics The ranking among the top…

  • 02.3.17

    The Basic COBRA Rules

    At its most basic, COBRA is a set of laws and regulations that state that   A qualified beneficiary who loses group health plan coverage due to a qualifying event may elect to continue and pay for group health plan coverage for a limited time period. Which Employers Have to…

  • 01.23.17

    Impact of President Trump’s Executive Order on the ACA

    The Order authorizes the HHS and all branches of the federal government NOT to enforce any part of the ACA that has a fiscal impact on individuals, providers, and many businesses in the health care industry. Note that the term “fiscal impact” relates to revenue and taxes. So, this Order gives…

  • 01.17.17

    For a Healthier New Year

    Being aware of the drug abuse epidemic is the first step in stopping its spread. And preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use increases the chances that people will live long and healthy lives. How is drug abuse defined? Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking (five or more drinks during…