Health Insurer Ordered to Stop Selling in Washington

Medova Healthcare, which sold illegal insurance plans through chambers of commerce, has agreed to stop selling in Washington, according to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. The company also agreed to a $310,000 suspended fine, according to the OIC. It operated in 38 states including Washington and served 35,000 employees nationwide. Medova sold health insurance plans to almost 140 small businesses in the state, covering 1,487 employees, through chambers of commerce. One of them mentioned in the OIC investigation was the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. The chamber did not respond to inquiries. The health plans were marketed to small businesses as traditional insurance plans, but they were self-funded Employment Retirement… Read More

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Is my group subject to ERISA or ERISA Exempt?

Many clients often ask the question ” Do I need to comply with ERISA? ” The answer is almost always yes! Just because you are a smaller business does not exempt you from ERISA. This from the US Department of Labor: ERISA applies to private-sector companies that offer pension plans to employees. This includes businesses that: Are structured as partnerships, proprietorships, LLCs, S-corporations and C-corporations. No matter how your employer has structured his or her business, it is covered by ERISA if it is a private entity. Who is not subject to ERISA?In general, ERISA does not cover group health plans established or maintained by governmental entities, churches for their employees, or… Read More

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