Health Care

What to Consider When Choosing a Mental Health Benefits Strategy

What to Consider When Choosing a Mental Health Benefits Strategy

From traditional employee assistance programs (EAPs) to bots that use artificial intelligence, the range of options to address worker mental health challenges has grown. What should employers and plan sponsors… Read more >

Changes in Health Care Claims Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Changes in Health Care Claims due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the past year, the International Foundation has surveyed U.S. organizations on three separate occasions to examine the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the most recent edition, respondents were… Read more >

How Do Multiemployer Plans Claim COBRA Premium Assistance Credit?

How Do Multiemployer Plans Claim COBRA Premium Assistance Credit?

​The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2021-31 which provides guidance for multiemployer plans and plan administrators regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health coverage… Read more >

18 Prescription Drug Cost-Containment Strategies For Your Plan

18 Prescription Drug Cost-Containment Strategies For Your Plan

Benefits practitioners have grown accustomed to headlines addressing the escalating costs of prescription drug spending. Despite concerted efforts, the cost of commonly prescribed brand-name drugs continues to grow at alarming… Read more >

Legal and Practical Considerations for Virtual Health Care in Canada

Legal and Practical Considerations for Virtual Health Care in Canada

There’s no question that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of virtual health care in Canada, but we’re now learning that it’s not just a transitional measure. A panel at… Read more >

DOL Releases Model Notices for COBRA Subsidy Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)

DOL Releases Model Notices for COBRA Subsidy Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

​Thirty-five years ago this month, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) was signed into law. COBRA provides a way for workers and their families to temporarily maintain… Read more >

COVID-19 Vaccines and Your Workforce—An Update

COVID-19 Vaccines and Your Workforce—An Update

On Thursday, April 15, the International Foundation presented a webcast on legal considerations for employers regarding employee vaccinations. Diana Bardes, partner at Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C., presented… Read more >