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Compliance Alert: IRS Expands HSA Preventive Care Safe Harbor to Include Chronic Conditions

On July 17, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2019-45, which expands the definition of preventive care benefits that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) to include certain chronic conditions. As guidance in the Notice may be relied upon immediately, this alert covers an overview of it and its projected impact on employers and plan participants.

How Does the Cigna–Express Scripts Merger Affect Employers?

In December 2018, Cigna announced the completion of their $67 billion acquisition of Express Scripts, the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM). This consolidation is just one of many mergers and acquisitions that is intended to reinvent the US Healthcare system, as noted in Cigna's press release about the merger. Find out how this impacts consumers and employers.

Corporate Wellness Programs: New Concept or Ancient Advice?

Wellness programs are seen as a way not only to improve the overall health of an organization, but also to lower costs and empower employees to improve their health. Learn about the evolution of the wellness program out of historical achievements from businesses like Kaiser, as well as future opportunities for expanding wellness programs to show an ROI.