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Innovative Speaks at Leading Age NJ Annual Meeting & Expo

Monday, June  11,  2018

Last Wednesday, the Innovative team had the pleasure exhibiting and presenting at the Leading Age New Jersey Annual Meeting & Expo at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Innovative representatives, Dan Foley and Ryan Kastner, presented Bucking the Trend: Health Plan Cost Containment Strategies to an audience of aging services providers. Their presentation detailed a variety of strategies … Continue reading

Compliance Alert! – NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Two New Healthcare Acts into Law

Monday, June  4,  2018

This past week, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, signed two bills into law that will impact New Jersey residents. Employers who offer benefits in New Jersey and surrounding states should be mindful of these changes as they will affect employees who reside and/or receive medical treatment in New Jersey. Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment … Continue reading

Horizon BCBSNJ Changes Coverage for Brand Name Oral-Combined Contraceptives

Wednesday, May  23,  2018

Starting June 15, 2018, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will be making changes to the way brand name oral-combined contraceptives are covered. Previously covered with a $0 copay, brand name oral-combined contraceptives will now be subject to co-payment or coinsurance that corresponds with the member’s pharmacy plan design. This change was brought … Continue reading

IRS Releases 2019 Calendar Year HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible Minimums and Out-of-Pocket Maximums

Thursday, May  17,  2018

The IRS has released the maximum contribution limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) minimum deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for the 2019 Calendar Year.  For your convenience, we’ve provided a summary below. You can reference the official document here.   Health Savings Account contribution limit for individual coverage: $3,500 (increased $50) … Continue reading

New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act Signed into Law

Tuesday, May  8,  2018

New Jersey has now become the tenth state to enact a statewide mandatory paid-sick-leave law. The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act was signed into law on May 2nd by Gov. Phil Murphy and will go into effect on Oct. 29, 2018. Once effective, it will require New Jersey employers of all sizes to provide … Continue reading

2018 Health Savings Account Contribution Limits Change Once Again

Friday, April  27,  2018

If you recall, after the passing of the tax reform bill, known formally as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS adjusted the amount for HSA family contributions from $6,900 to $6,850 due to a change in inflation calculations. After public outcry and consideration of the administrative and financial burdens this change would have … Continue reading

New Jersey Newborn Mandate Changes in 2018

Tuesday, April  17,  2018

In January 2018, the State of New Jersey updated the existing NJ Newborn Mandate that provides health coverage for all newborns from the moment of birth for the first 31 days to provide coverage from the moment of birth for the first 60 days. The newborn child of a subscriber or his/her spouse will be … Continue reading

March Compliance Recap

Thursday, April  5,  2018

March was a quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a bulletin that lowered the family contribution limit for health savings account (HSA) contributions. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its model Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program notice (CHIP notice). The IRS issued … Continue reading

PrimeMail by Walgreens Gets a New Name

Wednesday, April  4,  2018

Effective 3/31/2018 PrimeMail by Walgreens Mail Service will operate under the name “Alliance RX Walgreens Prime“.  Prime + Walgreens assures customers that only their name is changing. AllianceRX Walgreens Prime promises to stay consistent with their standards for communications, prescriptions, refills and service. Employers who have health plans with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of … Continue reading

The Importance of Wellness in the Workplace

Wednesday, March  28,  2018

Workplace Wellness is an investment which works much like any other investment- You put in time and money in hopes of a more valuable outcome, which in this case is the health of your employees, their families and your bottom line. Engagement, motivation, strategy, and support are the keys to a successful workplace wellness program. … Continue reading

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