Every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of blood. That means more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day in order to keep up with demand.
But every year blood donations dip during the winter months because of holidays, illness and inclement weather. Particularly in January, blood donations are in short supply. That’s why this month has been designated as National Blood Donor Month.
You can help others by donating your blood as long as you are at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donating with the American Red Cross is easy. Find a local chapter location, blood drive or donation centertoday and book your appointment.
Before you go to your appointment, just remember to:
— Have a healthy, low-fat meal
— Hydrate with at least an extra 16 oz of liquid
— Maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet
— Bring a valid form of ID
There are a lot of benefits to donating blood, like the free cookies and juice and the “I give blood” sticker you get to wear afterwards. The best part, though, is you can feel great knowing you helped save a life.
The GOP-dominated House of Representatives moved forward yesterday in its goal of redefining some of the key requirements in the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
H.R. 30, the “Save American Workers Act,” passed in the House by a vote of 252-172. The bill would change the definition of a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act from one who works 30 hours per week to one who works 40 hours per week.
Despite threats from the White House that President Barack Obama would veto the bill should Congress approve it, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the same bill this week in the Senate.
Last year, the same legislation passed in the House, but was ignored by the Senate. However, it is much more likely the bill will see consideration in the now Republican-controlled Senate.
The passage of the legislation in the House has been met with mixed reviews. Opponents of the 30-hour rule have long argued that it would cause employers to limit hourly workers’ schedules. Supporters of the law say that it protects employees’ access to coverage.
No matter which side you support, the action only supports what people who have long watched the changes to the Affordable Care Act have known for a while: the employer mandate requirements for 2016, and likely even 2015, will be markedly different from those in the original document.
There is a constant stream of new information being released about the ACA, and we work hard at ClaimLinx to make sure that we are aware of and following all of the new guidelines.
Last month, the Department of Labor issued Part 22 of its series of FAQs regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It raised some topics of concern for businesses with non-traditional health care plans.
It’s important to remember the guidelines published by the Department of Labor are just that – guidelines. They are interpretations of the ACA’s mandates, but are not associated with the act itself. This is a new law and as with any new law, there are different views of its intentions and implications.
In studying the Affordable Care Act document itself, it is clear that employers can implement cost-sharing measures for its employees, including allowing them to enroll in coverage through the federal marketplace and setting up a self-funded reimbursement plan.
All of this can be done as long as the following provisions are met: there are no annual or lifetime benefit limits, the ten essential benefits are covered in all policies and no one can be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition.
The advantage to having ClaimLinx as your benefits consultant is thatwe study all aspects of the new health care and tax laws so that you are getting the best benefits possible while still saving money.
If you have more questions about how your plan is compliant with the new health care laws, please contact us.
This month, Tom Quigley, Vice President and National Business Consultant, was a guest on podcast Cincinnati Business Talk with Mike Roth of Roth & Associates, Inc., an authorized licensee of the Sandler Training.
Listen to the full interview on how ClaimLinx uses the Affordable Care Act to increase business’ benefits savings, company success stories and future plans or check out these highlights:
Mike Roth: Why don’t you tell our listeners a little bit about how you interacted ClaimLinx with the Obamacare laws?
Tom Quigley: The Affordable Care Act is nothing more than a tax, and what most people are unaware of is how to take advantage. Every tax has tax breaks, pros and cons. … There are a lot of positives on this law that people are not taking advantage of.
MR: What’s the signal that someone should look at this. What size do they have to be?
TQ: I enjoy helping anyone. That’s why we put in the solution. It was meant to help people. … The reality is how many more times are you going to allow the insurance companies to raise your rates 10, 20, 30 percent? And then the advice is to strip your benefits and increase your employees’ costs. How many more times are you going to fall for that trick?
MR: Who are your best prospects?
TQ: Quite frankly, I think anyone is. I have yet to see a company we could not help, with this new law.
She is the first voice you hear when you call ClaimLinx, but you probably don’t know her name. Shira Jackson is the receptionist at ClaimLinx, so she:
– Answers and transfers any office calls
– Opens all incoming and sends all outgoing mail
– Organizes new claims for the processing department
Shira has been with the company for three months, but she has had experience in the field since 1999, with her focus ranging from clerical to clinical health care.
Shira said she likes ClaimLinx because of the collaborative atmosphere.
“Everyone works well together in a harmonious way, and I really feel at peace when I come to work.”
When she’s not at work, Shira likes to spend time with her daughter or ballroom dancing. So be sure to say hello to her the next time you call our office.
Speak to her at the front desk at 800.858.1772.