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There are few industries more complex and more dynamic than the financial and insurance worlds.  Between market volatility and understanding risk and reward, investing and planning for our future can be quite intimidating.  Meanwhile, insurance has so many branches within it that knowing what terms refer to which policies can leave us all confused and with questions.  Find answers to your questions, more information, and a deeper understanding of the industries within our posts.  Check back for more and contact us if you need more information.  

 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Announcing: Well visits via telemedicine and additional extensions to COVID‑19 deadlines through June 30 Independence is continuing to assess current conditions, health care for our members, and ways to help our clients and partners....

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA), along with the Treasury Department, issued several pieces of guidance over the last week affectingemployer-sponsored benefit programs. Briefly, the...

 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Most plans with an effective date in 2021 will be required to cover new preventive items and services, including several related to the human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”). Additionally, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and...

 

Friday, April 17, 2020

On April 11, 2020, the Departments of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS) issued FAQ Part 42, which includes implementation guidance on the health coverage aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act...

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Independence is waiving member cost-sharing on COVID-19 treatment and waiving certain prior authorization requirements As the COVID‑19 pandemic evolves, Independence is working with local and national health officials to assess current...

 

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Monday, March 30, 2020

We’re actively monitoring the coronavirus situation as it changes daily, and we continue to evaluate how to best serve our customers. Guardian recently announced a temporary accommodation to continue coverage for an employee who...

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Emerson Reid Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Emerson Reid recently hosted a series of webinars discussing the various benefits and business issues brokers and employers are facing during the current COVID-19 outbreak.We have recorded these...

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Signed into Law We recently advised you of proposed federal legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus...

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are being forced to terminate, lay-off and/or reduce hours for employees. While this brings up a host of employment law issues that should be discussed with counsel, it also brings up...

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The following is an article from Independence Edge. We aim to provide our clients with as much information as we have. We ask that you contact us with any questions you may have about your business during this difficult time. As a...

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It is our commitment to our clients to keep everyone informed of the most up-to-date information regarding the current state of the pandemic. The following comes from Independence Edge regarding telemedicine To encourage social...

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The market’s response to COVID-19 has been volatile, but it’s important to look at how the market has performed when faced withsimilar epidemics in the past. The charts below give historical performance of the S&P 500 Index...

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many employees are wondering whether there is coverage under their medical plan and whether they can take a leave of absence. The following provides some high-level...

 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The fear of the Coronavirus is as contagious as the virus itself and, as the number of cases continues to increase, the fear of its effects are taking its toll on all of us. This includes fear of the market and how this virus will...

 

Monday, February 10, 2020

On Jan. 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule went into effect. Read Lauren Burke's, Corporate Communications Specialist from PrimePay, post about what you need to know. New Overtime Rules in...

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What is your most valuable asset? Were you quick to mention your home? Your car? Perhaps even your iPhone X? Sure, these all have value, both financial and emotional, but the most valuable asset that any one of us possesses, yet the...

 

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Life Insurance Beneficiary Review- why it is important and what mistakes to look for. The beneficiary(ies) of your life insurance policy is the person who will receive the proceeds of the policy’s death benefit upon your...

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Term life insurance, by definition, lasts a specific period of time. What happens when that time period is up? What are your options for staying insured, and, more importantly, keeping your loved ones financially protected?