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Annual PCORI Filing Due Date Approaching

PCORI, the “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute”, is a non-profit entity that compares the effectiveness of medical treatments. The Affordable Care Act has imposed a tax to fund the institute which applies to health flexible spending arrangements and HRA plans.

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Section 125 Plans: Reviewing Nondiscrimination Testing

Section 125 requires that benefits be offered on a nondiscriminatory basis. To ensure the compliance of these plans, there are testing requirements that need to be met.

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Handling Leaves of Absence under the Family Medical Leave Act

Leave of absence describes the period of time that one is to be away from his or her primary job, while maintaining the status of employee. Most employers are aware of how they have structured leave of absence policies within their company. Yet there are still laws that vary with each state, as well as unique situations among employees.

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Taking a stand during your workday

You may have heard that sitting all day is simply not good for your health, but with a desk job, what other options do you have? The answer is simple: take the time to stretch, stand, and walk around.

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Why COBRA is Still a Good Option

Have you heard that COBRA may go away? Because of the Affordable Care Act’s mandates for guarantee issue of individual policies, some people seem to think that COBRA is no longer necessary. The ACA prohibits pre-existing conditions which makes is easier for employees to find policies without too much difficulty – so COBRA must be going away, right?

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First PCORI Filing Statistics Revealed

A recent report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed the 2012 PCORI filing numbers. The PCORI fee is used to fund the PCOR Institute which funds research that provides information to assist patients and healthcare providers to make informed health care decisions.

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