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Cobbs Allen Opens Kansas City Office Led By Matthew Weaver

Posted by Angela Wolfe on March 12, 2015

(BIRMINGHAM, AL) Birmingham-based risk management consulting and insurance brokerage firm, Cobbs Allen, continued its national expansion by opening a Kansas City location on March 1, 2015. Matthew S. Weaver JD., a former partner at the Powers Group, will lead the office as it works toward Cobbs Allen’s goal of expanding throughout the Midwest. 


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Also published in Career Education Review 

Introduction

Beginning in 2015, “applicable large employers” (with 50+ employees, counting part-timers on a prorated basis) must offer certain health coverage or be subject to a potential penalty under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are two types of penalties §4980H(a) and §4980H(b) which may be triggered if at least one full-time employee receives a subsidy through the public Exchange.


Preparing For Summer Internship Programs

Posted by Vanessa Lolli on February 24, 2015

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Although half of the country is buried under several feet of snow and enduring sub-zero temperatures, there is no better time to start planning for summer, specifically, summer interns. Your company may have an established internship program or you may be considering interns for the first time. In either case, there are several considerations to be made and it’s important to plan early so your company’s interns can hit the ground running in May.


Thaw Your New Year's Goals

Posted by David Ytterberg on February 3, 2015

It’s Feb. 3. If you’re like the rest of America, it’s likely you’ve already fallen behind on one or more goals for 2015. All those well intentioned plans have gotten mixed in with day-to-day interruptions. Maybe you just forgot, or maybe you just thought of something new to tackle. 

Thankfully we’re never trapped to relive the same day over and over again like Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day.’ There’s still room to redeem the year, the month and even the week. Besides, New Year’s Day isn’t the only starting point for goals. Maybe tomorrow is even better.

It’s not about perfection next year; it’s about progress tomorrow.

With that said, here are three steps for getting on track with existing goals or for planning action steps for new ones.


Cobbs Allen CEO Interviewed By Business Insurance

Posted by David Ytterberg on February 2, 2015

Focusing on niche expertise, strong client service and acquisitions enables small and midsize commercial brokerage businesses to win larger shares of the industry. 

According to Business Insurance, an authority on news about risk management for a number of industries, the fragmented U.S. brokerage industry provides plenty of opportunities. 


Compliance Checklist for HIPAA Special Enrollment

Posted by Tracy Leeth on November 14, 2014

Legislative Brief

Compliance Checklist for HIPAA Special Enrollment


HIPAA requires group health plans to provide a special enrollment opportunity outside of the plan’s initial enrollment period or annual open enrollment period in certain situations. Special enrollment must be made available in the following three situations:


Compliance Checklist for HIPAA Nondiscrimination Rules

Posted by Tracy Leeth on November 13, 2014

Legislative Brief

HIPAA prohibits group health plans and health insurance issuers from discriminating against individuals based on health factors with respect to eligibility, premiums or coverage. Health factors include health status, medical condition (including both physical and mental illnesses), claims experience, receipt of health care, medical history, genetic information, evidence of insurability (including conditions arising out of acts of domestic violence and participation in activities such as motorcycling, snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicle riding, horseback riding, skiing and other similar activities) and disability.