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COBRA Regulation Changes Due to COVID-19

As part of the response to the COVID-19 National Emergency, the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service issued joint regulations on April 29, 2020, providing significant extensions of various deadlines applicable to employee benefit plans, especially group health plans. This includes extending the election period for COBRA continuation coverage, the date for making COBRA…

United Healthcare & Covid-19

Since winter of 2020, United Healthcare has continued to publish updates when  needed regarding its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the benefits it’s providing to help its members weather this storm. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Employers We know that 2020 has been one of the most difficult years for businesses in decades,…

OneAmerica & COVID-19

–Update as of 3/11/2020– Policyholders continue to evaluate the impact of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, on their employees. Operations questions have come up about the circumstances under which a quarantine situation would be covered under a short-term disability claim. We can offer the following guidance to assist your policyholders: Situation 1) An employee tests positive…

A Note From the Doctor

By Dr. Matt McCord, MD This blog post is part of our Notes from the Doctor series, in which our very own Dr. Matt McCord regales us with interesting articles, entertaining yet educational video, and stunning health care insights. Some of these posts will be authored by the one-and-only himself, and some will simply be…

Short-Term Disability & COVID-19

–Update as of 3/16/2020– Many of us are staying home much more than usual in an attempt to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many workplaces have invoked work-from-home policies for the foreseeable future. But what if your job isn’t something you can do from home? What if time away from…

UNUM & COVID-19

–Update as of 3/25/2020– Unum COVID-19 Response Unum is taking several steps to ensure we can support customers and their employees through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As always, the health and safety of our customers, colleagues, and communities remain our top priority. Our business continuity program prepares us to respond to disruptive events through robust…

2019 Elite Marketplace of Champions: Grace & Porta Benefits’ Individual Department

Jonathan Frantti is Grace & Porta’s benefit consultant for the individual market, and Barb Barnes is the client advocate for this department. Barnes and Frantti recently qualified for the 2019 Elite Marketplace Circle of Champions. And for that, we thought they deserved a little recognition.  Benefit Consultant Jonathan Frantti, an avid hockey fan and award-winning…

BCBSM & COVID-19

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has published several guides for its clients since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in winter of 2020. Employer Resources To your employees, you’re a listening ear and an expert guide. And we want to help keep it that way. We’ve created resources to help you answer your employees’…