How Will a CVS-Aetna Merger Serve Consumers?

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Aetna and Humana couldn’t pull it off. Cigna and Anthem had to nix theirs. Walgreens and Rite Aid did, too. We’re talking about mergers, of course, something that these companies all discovered doesn’t happen easily in the healthcare sector. Never a fan of monopolies, the Department of Justice typically will push back against mergers that… Read more »

OSHA’s New Injury Reporting Deadline is Dec. 15

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It’s been years in the making and has no shortage of critics, but OSHA’s new workplace injury and illness recordkeeping rule finally goes into effect Dec. 15. Under the rule, companies with 250 or more employees – as well as those with more than 20 employees in certain high-risk industries such as construction and manufacturing… Read more »

How Tax Reform Might Impact Healthcare

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The most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in decades is unfolding in Congress at the moment and could be wrapped up before Christmas. You may have heard about plans to undo the Affordable Care Act individual mandate. If you’re in an employer-sponsored health plan, that won’t affect you. But there are provisions in… Read more »

Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace

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Going to work can be physically and emotionally taxing, with workers frequently facing unstable work schedules, unpleasant and potentially hazardous working conditions, and an often-hostile social environment. Any of the multitudes of women who have recently stepped forward to share their accounts of being groped and otherwise harassed by men in political life, in entertainment… Read more »

Case Study: Advocating for Better Health Outcomes

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THE CHALLENGE: We know that medications can be expensive, especially new or experimental treatments. Sometimes, the big pharmaceutical companies will discount or even give away drugs that are out of reach for low-income patients. And sometimes they don’t. Insurance companies, meanwhile, will sometimes cover certain drugs and sometimes won’t. That reality was what our client’s… Read more »

SBA Makes Surety Bond Program Friendlier to Small Contractors

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The value of construction projects in Denver this year is on pace to set a record. And now the U.S. Small Business Administration has made two important changes to its Surety Bond Guarantee Program that should help small contractors land more of that business. Under its program, the SBA partners with surety companies to partially… Read more »

IRS Starts to Enforce Obamacare Employer Mandate

As Republicans and the Trump administration continue trying to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service has begun, for the first time, to enforce one of the law’s most polarizing provisions: the employer mandate. Thousands of businesses — many of them small or midsize — will soon receive a letter saying that they… Read more »