Volume 5, Number 9



Health Care Reform Updates
Health Plan Identifier
Mazcon Law

Users that need to obtain a Controlling Health Plan (CHP) or Health Plan Identifier (HPID) will go through the CMS Enterprise Portal, access the Health Insurance Oversight System (HIOS), and apply for an HPID from the Health Plan and Other Entity System (HPOES).The deadline for obtaining the health plan identifier is November 5, 2014. Click here for a summary.


For a more detailed article, please click here. CMS has resources which can also be of assistance. Please see their QuickGuide and the CMS-sponsored videos that walk through each step of the application process to obtain an HPID for a Controlling Health Plan (CHP), a Subhealth Plan (SHP), and an Other Entity Identifier (OEID).



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EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Flambeau, Inc. Over Wellness Program

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Madison, WI - Flambeau, Inc., a Baraboo, WI-based plastics manufacturing company, is alleged to have violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to medical testing and assessment in connection with a "wellness program" or face dire consequences. That violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed yesterday. Read the full article here.


Talk to Employee

Two New Cafeteria Plan Mid-Year Change Rules

Discovery Benefits


Employees covered by their employer's cafeteria plan now have two additional opportunities for mid-year election changes.


Discovery Benefits has made staying compliant a less daunting task, offering a "Cliffs Notes Version" of what employers need to know.


For a more detailed article, please click here.



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SCOTUS Clears Way For Gay Marriage in Five States

The Washington Post


The Supreme Court has declined to hear cases pertaining to same-sex marriage in Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Indiana, meaning that gay couples can immediately begin marrying in those states.


In refusing to hear the cases, however, the court avoided having to make a decision that would be binding for all 50 states. Click here for the full article.





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Registration Open for Free Online Course in Worksite Wellness ROI

University of Wisconsin Health and Wellness Management


This October, learn how to measure the impact of your worksite wellness initiative with the University of Wisconsin and renowned wellness expert, Dr. David Chenoweth.

"Dynamics of Worksite Wellness Evaluation and ROI" is a free online course brought to you in four exciting weekly modules. Watch the intro video and sign up today!


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