The January/February 2010 edition of the Indiana Department of Labor’s bi-monthly newsletter, INdiana Labor Insider, has been attached to this email. This newsletter was created to inform employers and employees about the latest information about the department, health and safety and labor related issues. To read past editions of the INdiana Labor Insider, please visit the Indiana Department of Labor’s website at http://www.in.gov/dol/2366.htm.
The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration COBRA page was updated to add a link to the archive of the compliance webcast on the COBRA premium reduction extension provisions held on January 22. To view the archive, visit: http://events.vcall.com/VCall/ReplayLogin.aspx?room=2146004751
When are these changes effective? The 2010 Medicare Supplement changes will be effective on any policy sold effective June 1, 2010. When can I start marketing the new plans? The new plans are effective June 1, 2010, so the kickoff
New Hospice Benefit All plans will now include the Hospice Benefit as part of the “Core Benefits.” Medicare pays for all but very limited co-payments for outpatient drugs ($5). Included in all Medigap plans a benefit to pay this co-payment
Promises Made; Promises Broken. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in full get-a-bill mode. Virtually every promise of reform has been thrown out the window, even as those willing to work with the president have been thrown under the bus.
As these plans are still evolving, please visit us often for future updates. Background The changes to Medicare Supplement come as a result of HR 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA, passed on July 9, 2008),