SF563 and HF489 are companion bills that would require health plans to share prescription drug rebates directly with the consumers, instead of sharing the rebates with the employers to reduce premiums and health costs. Despite being promoted as a benefit to the consumer, these bills may lead to the use of higher-cost drugs even when less expensive, equally-effective drugs are available.
Both bills have survived the first “funnel” deadline of the Iowa legislature.
Whether your health plan is self-funded or fully-insured, it is expected that these bills (if passed) will raise premiums and increase overall spending on drugs. Based on actuarial calculations, premiums could increase 2-3%.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have made these bills a priority, and have been successful at attracting state and national attention to these proposals. However, efforts to curb prescription drugs at a national level are already well underway with Senator Chuck Grassley leading a bi-partisan effort in Washington to lower drug prices and increase transparency.
LMC is dedicated to keeping employers informed of important issues such as these. Please contact us to learn more! Employers who are concerned about the potential impact of this legislation should immediately contact their Iowa legislators. A vote is expected to take place in the very near future
Do you have expensive art in your home: Paintings, sculptures, glass works, textiles, ornamental jewelry, and other items?
If you have art, is it "fine art" - a one-of-a-kind work that may have some historic or artistic significance that required a specific fine skill to create, and is rare and unique?
Fine art differs from collectibles and jewelry, which your policy will typically cover up to a limit. For example, your policy may cover a loss of up to $2,500 for your art, collectibles and antiques.
However, if you're assuming that your homeowner's insurance will cover your fine art, you may be disappointed. Most standard homeowner's policies have a cap, per insurance category, on the amount of personal property coverage provided.
Companies with global operations may face many political risks not typically covered under their existing insurance policies. Increased demand for protection against international risk exposures has led insurance companies to develop policies such as Political Risk and Credit Insurance.
The average age of a construction worker is now in the 40s. Baby boomers - people born between 1946 and 1964 - represent 40% of the construction industry workforce, according to the Center for Construction Research and Training.
Despite expectations, Fed-OSHA under the Trump administration has not backed off on enforcing workplace safety regulations.
In fact, the agency is as aggressive as ever and citations are higher than ever as well, after fines were increased substantially three years ago. Based on the agency's own statistics, a company that's inspected has only a 25% chance of not receiving a single citation.
Group life insurance is often offered to employees as an employee benefit. It serves as both an employee retention tool and a way provide employees some peace of mind for their families.
There are various avenues for funding these group plans, and different underwriting criteria that can either reduce or increase the premium amounts. In most cases, life insurance face amounts will vary from policy to policy and will usually be based in part on each employee's base salary.
Cost containment will be the chief workers' comp insurance concern for U.S. employers over the next 12 months, according to a survey.
While overall workplace injuries have been falling in the last decade, the numbers of deadly and catastrophic injuries are actually on the rise.
Thanks to advances in technology and the Internet, more and more people are running home-based businesses, either full-time or part-time.
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