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A COBRA Conundrum

On March 15, 2021
New COBRA rules mean even more confusion for a plan that was already convoluted. The rules continue to update as Covid-19 continues. Read those updates here.

EBSA Provides Clarification and Sows Confusion with Outbreak Period Guidance

On March 8, 2021
The EBSA clarifies its Disaster Relief Notice by stating the relief would end on three options. Find out what those are and what they mean for you.

So the Outbreak Period Ended?

On March 2, 2021
The DOL released an EBSA Disaster Relief Notice which limits agencies' authority by statute and gives people a chance for relief up to a year. Read here.

Empowering Plans: P103 – One Step Forward; Two Steps Back - The Lockdown and its Effect on Children with Disabilities

On March 2, 2021
Join Timothy Pope, an Attorney in the Provider Relations Department, and Garrick Hunt, Phia’s Sales Manager, as they host a candid discussion about the harmful effects that the sweeping lockdown has had on families, and in particular on children with disabilities. Since the closing of most public schools, many children with disabilities have suffered immensely. As a parent of a child with mental disabilities, Garrick dives into his first-hand account of the lockdown’s impact on his family.

A Blueprint for Success – Lessons from 2020, Expectations for 2021

On February 25, 2021
Join The Phia Group to learn from the past, and plan for the future! In this webinar, The Phia Group will both examine what has happened as well as predict what is to come, as they help you identify what needs to be done to ensure the best possible outcomes for this coming year. They will discuss President Biden’s first month in office, identify whom he has appointed for key roles (and examine their track records on healthcare), as well as dissect the issues that were most relevant in 2020 – ensuring we learn from both the victories and losses of the year that has ended.

Empowering Plans: P102 – CYA: Cover Your Assets

On February 12, 2021
In this episode of the Empowering Plans podcast, Nick and Brady talk through some developing trends in ERISA litigation. Do fiduciary duties apply to the protection of plan data? Could a data breach lead to claims under ERISA and HIPAA? What steps do ERISA fiduciaries need to take? Listen in as we explore where things stand, and where they might be heading.

DON’T PANIC – Mental Health Parity Compliance Expanded

On February 8, 2021
Ease your mind about complying with Section 203 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Learn more about this Compliance and its requirements/process.

Empowering Plans: P101 – Groundhog Day - A Year of COVID-19

On February 4, 2021
In this episode of Empowering Plans, join Brady Bizarro and Jen McCormick as they have a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on employers, health plans, and employees. How should employers be dealing with mental health, physical health, and productivity issues? What steps can health plans take to reduce claims exposure? How are employers planning to return to the office later this year? It may feel like Groundhog Day, but our advice is certainly not more of the same.

HIPAA Compliance Audits – Good News and Bad News

On February 1, 2021
The government recently released findings of the extensive HIPAA compliance audit performed in 2016 and 2017. Click to learn more about the results!

Energage Names The Phia Group a Winner of the 2021 Top Workplaces USA Award

On January 28, 2021
Today The Phia Group announced that it has earned a 2021 Top Workplaces USA award, issued by Energage. Energage, an organization that develops solutions to build and brand a vast array of companies, leveraged their 14-year history of surveying more than 20 million employees across 54 markets, to award this prize during what is the prestigious honor’s inaugural year.

The Hefty Price Tag of Covid-Related Substance Abuse Disorders

On January 27, 2021
One result of COVID-19 that isn't talked about enough - an increase in overdoses. Learn about how more substance abuse cases are costing employers big $.

Empowering Plans: P100 – President Biden's First 100 Days - What to Expect

On January 22, 2021
In this episode of the Empowering Plans podcast, Ron and Brady discuss the inauguration of President Biden and what his presidency could mean for healthcare policy. With Democrats in control of government, a lot could get done in the first 100 days - on COVID-19 relief, the ACA, and rolling back Trump-era rules. Join us as we break it all down.

The “No Surprises Act,” COVID Relief, and Plan Design Changes Impacting Your Business in 2021

On January 20, 2021
After a hectic political showdown, the president has signed legislation which includes comprehensive protection from surprise medical billing. This 5,000-page bill, along with a raging pandemic and a new administration, is certain to have our industry scrambling to keep up. Join The Phia Group in a new webinar format as they discuss the COVID-19 relief bill, the impact on the industry, and everything in between. From plan design changes to updates on fiduciary duties and subrogation, we have got you covered as we ring in the New Year. Following the one-hour webinar, there will be two 30-minute breakout sessions, addressing plan design changes, stop-loss issues, and legal and regulatory updates affecting claims.

The Phia Group's 1st Quarter 2021 Newsletter

On January 19, 2021
The Phia Group is off to a great start in the first quarter of 2021! Check out our newsletter to get acquainted with some of the latest happenings in our neck of the woods.

The Stacks – 1st Quarter 2021

On January 19, 2021
This is "The Stacks" from The Phia Group's 1st Quarter 2021 Newsletter