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In late June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly mailed out several hundred thousand notices to employers, dated June 21, 2016, informing them that one or more of their employees have been certified as eligible for a premium subsidy through a federal Health Insurance Marketplace.  Employers in states with state-run Marketplaces […]

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  On April 28, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Castellanos vs. Next Door Company, declaring Section 440.34, Florida Statutes, unconstitutional. The anticipated impact of the decision is the elimination of the statutory caps on claimant attorney fees and a return to hourly fees. On June 9, 2016, the […]

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Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming August 1, 2016 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, PCORI was established as part of health care reform to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of medical treatments, procedures […]

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Ted R. Ostrander, Jr., AAI, CIC was awarded The Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award, the highest honor the Florida Association of Insurance Agents can bestow upon one of its members, at the 2016 FAIA Convention. This award recognizes the action or voluntary activities of an independent insurance agent, an academician, regulator, association official, or individual with involvement […]

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Community Partnerships “Make More Happen” LassiterWare earned the Spring 2016 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award for its community work with Deliver the Difference. And they were the only Florida Agency to be recognized! As a result, Deliver the Difference received a $4,000 donation plus an additional $1,000 that was the outcome of public voting […]

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On Monday, May 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released final regulations (Final Regulations) under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) governing wellness programs. The ADA rules cover an employer’s requests for health information from employees and the GINA rules cover […]

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On April 28th, 2016, the Florida Supreme court issued an opinion in the Castellanos v. Next Door Company case that will have an immediate impact on workers’ compensation insurance rates in Florida.  The court has declared the attorney fee schedule, first introduced in 2003, unconstitutional and a violation of due process under both the Florida and United States […]

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Update On April 8, 2016, the DOL finalized its fiduciary regulations which, among other things, expand the definition of who is an ERISA fiduciary to those providing “investment advice” with respect to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). As a result, the new guidance regarding what constitutes investment advice and the rules for best interest standards apply to […]

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We were honored to earn a 2016 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award — and now we are grateful for the outpouring of support you have shown both LassiterWare and Deliver the Difference. Your comments on the Safeco.com story featuring our community work means that Deliver the Difference will receive an additional $1,000 from Safeco, bringing […]

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