Pharmacogenomics: Better Health and Cost Savings

Drugs are formulated for normal physiology. Physicians with knowledge of a person’s unique genetic makeup can better determine which drugs will be most effective. Anyone who has watched a commercial for a prescription medication expects to hear a disclaimer warning of potential health hazards. Possible side effects — depending on the medication — can range…

USI Northeast Compliance Webinar – Friday, Feb. 2

Join USI Northeast for a FREE, informational webinar with ERISA Counsel/VP Erika Medina on recent compliance updates. The webinar will focus on: Tax reform; Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Dept. of Labor (DOL) regulatory agenda; Wellness Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) delayed enforcement; New York Paid Family Leave updates; and San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance…

Short-Term Spending Bill Delays Cadillac Plan Tax and Extends CHIP

On January 22, 2018, Congress approved a short-term spending bill (the “Bill”) that will fund the government until February 8, 2018. The Bill was signed into law the same day. During its annual appropriation exercise, Congress provides funding for the agencies and programs it has authorized. Because Congress failed to adopt a regular appropriation bill,…

Could Direct Primary Care Help Control Your Benefit Costs?

A new health care model called direct primary care is being touted as an alternative to traditional health insurance. Combined with supplemental insurance, it’s proving to be an appealing alternative for employers who are looking for reasonably priced plans and great benefits for their employees. Current Insurance Situation Automobile, home and life insurance policies typically…

Senators Unveil New Legislation to Help States Fund Health Care

This afternoon U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and former US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) unveiled health care reform legislation.  The proposal repeals the “structure and architecture” of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and replaces it with an annual block grant to help states fund health care. …