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What recent legal changes to contraceptive coverage mean for employers

Before the recent legal changes, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required employer-sponsored group health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, aside from three exceptions. Changes to one of the exceptions (the religious accommodation process) will impact coverage for some employers. This article explains the scope of the changes and how affected employers should respond.

Why is your employee handbook so important?

What if you had a document that informed employees of your expectations, carefully and thoughtfully articulated your rules and benefits, and provided consistent insight into your operating procedures? One that employees would be expected to read and understand, and perhaps even provide you with legal protections and defenses? You can and should have this very document — it’s called an employee handbook.

Preventative care can help employees control of their health and lower expenses

Three of every four dollars employers spend on health costs are used to treat chronic conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and depression. These same conditions create workforce absenteeism costing U. S. employers $153 billion annually of lost productivity. About 86% of full-time workers are above normal weight or have at least one chronic health condition. Therefore, most of an employer’s health plan costs may be preventable with a strong wellness program.

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