Benefits Bulletin
April 2018
2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its 2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule.

The final rule primarily affects the individual health insurance market inside and outside of the Exchange, the small group health insurance market, issuers, and the states.

Through this final rule, CMS intends to enhance the states’ role in regulating insurance, promote state flexibility, reduce state administrative burdens, reduce issuer regulatory burdens, simplify the eligibility and enrollment process for consumers, strengthen program integrity, promote market stability, and make individual health insurance coverage more affordable.

This article highlights the regulations that most directly affect employers and their group health plans.
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8 Ways to Better Manage Your Time
Feel like there aren't enough hours in the day?

It might sound strange, but you might want to slow your pace. When we try to operate at warp speed, we sometimes make more mistakes and often feel more stress. Check out these tips to make the most of your time without pushing yourself too hard.

  1. Log your time. Take a week to track how you spend most of your time at home and at work. In particular, pay attention to time spent on social media and recreational screen time such as video games, TV and web video. The average Facebook user spends 20 minutes per day on the site. That can add up. At work, look at how much of your time is focused on dealing with email vs. getting things done.
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