Intermountain Healthcare’s “Health Hub” App is Here

  Members now have access to manage their health on their mobile device. Download Intermountain Healthcare’s new consumer-facing mobile app on the iTunes App Store or Google Play to get an easy tool to manage your health and simplify your entire healthcare experience. Here are some features and benefits the new app gives you: InstaCare and KidsCare: Find InstaCare urgent…

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Utah Distracted Driver Bill Now In Force

The Utah Legislature recently passed a bill that prohibits several functions of handheld devices while operating motor vehicles. The prohibited functions include writing, sending, or reading a written communication such as a text message, instant message, email, dialing a phone number, accessing the internet, watching videos, or entering in data into the device while driving. Penalties and convictions may be…

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Seattle Passes $15/hour Minimum Wage Law

The Seattle City Council recently passed a significant minimum wage increase to $15/hour that will be phased in over the next several years. This increase will phase in more rapidly for businesses with more than 500 employees (including franchise owners) and will take into consideration whether or not benefits are provided to employees. This is the most aggressive minimum wage…

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The Economic Impact of Obamacare

How the ACA will Affect Jobs, Employers The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Report On February 4, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan agency that conducts impartial analysis of Congressional budgetary issues, released their annual report of the economic outlook from 2014-2024. Since the CBO releases reports regularly, it seems odd that this report would generate so much media attention….

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The ACA in 2014

What to Expect from the ACA in 2014 Individual Mandate If you don’t have health insurance by March 31st, you’ll have to pay a penalty for 2014; the greater of $95 or 1% of your income – and the penalty goes up over the following years. However, there are exceptions to this, the most notable being if your plan was…

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FSA Rollover Q&A

In December, 2013, the IRS announced that Flexible Spending Plans could allow participants to roll over up to $500 of contributions to the following year. ISIhr announced that this change will take place automatically with our plan, and will apply to 2013 participants. Here is some further clarification on that announcement: Question: I had a balance that should have rolled over…

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FSA Rollover Changes

Flexible Spending is Now More Flexible! The Treasury Department just recently announced that participants can roll over up to $500 of their year-end balances to the next year. Three things to note about this change: The rollover amount will not count toward the annual election limit of $2,500, meaning that each participant could have a $3,000 balance at the beginning…

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Healthcare Reform in the News

Media and Politics Three and a half years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the news media has finally put healthcare reform front and center. With the disastrous roll-out of the Marketplace website coinciding with the Government Shut-Down last month, politicians, consultants and media personalities alike have been weighing in on Healthcare Reform and its financial and…

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