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Group Health Overview

Mercer provides a wide range of health insurance options and guidance to members. We connect you with the top group insurance carriers and help you choose the coverage that best fits your needs and budget. We offer flexibility and value so you can provide quality health, dental, life and disability plans to your employees.

Groups of 2 – 50 members and employees have access to small group plans from Aetna, Anthem, Blue Shield, Kaiser, Health Net and UnitedHealthcare. We can also help explain the advantages of enrolling in qualified high deductible health plans for health savings accounts.

Mercer Select Health & Benefits (H&B) KnowHow

Members who purchase their group health insurance through Mercer are eligible to receive an exclusive benefit: Mercer Select H&B KnowHow. Developed by Mercer, Mercer Select H&B KnowHow is a complimentary online tool that helps provide employers with important human resources information.

Mercer Select H&B KnowHow helps you manage your compliance obligations by providing:

Timely news and analysis of important benefit issues like healthcare reform

  • A Compliance Link tool to assist with health care and group benefit plan administration on topics such as Cafeteria Plans, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, Domestic Partnership and HIPAA
  • A Notices and Forms Connection for the topics shown above to help you complete employer requirements

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Available to State Bar of California members at no cost!

Do you play a role in your medical group’s health care and benefit plan decisions? If you do, you know that staying current on the issues is challenging, especially with today’s increasingly complex marketplace and regulatory conditions. Mercer Select H&B KnowHow may be the perfect solution for you.

Do you need:

  • to stay current on health & benefit issues?
  • sample forms for required compliance tasks such as COBRA?
  • at-a-glance information about important HR matters?

Special Offer for State Bar members

Members who purchase their group health insurance through Mercer, the sponsored insurance program broker and administrator, are eligible to receive Mercer Select H&B KnowHow. Developed by Mercer, a leader in human resource consulting, outsourcing and investments, Mercer Select H&B KnowHow is a tool that helps provide employers with important human resources information.

Members now have access to important information about medical and other group benefits plans in one location. Mercer Select H&B KnowHow provides the following information:

  • Mercer Alerts, Updates and Perspectives providing timely news and analysis of important benefit issues.
  • Access to the Compliance Link tool to assist with topics such as Cafeteria Plans, COBRA, Domestic Partnership, ERISA, FMLA and HIPAA.
  • Notices and Forms Connection for the topics above to help you satisfy employer compliance requirements and provide your employees with the correct forms.
  • Weekly highlights of major judicial, regulatory and legislative developments affecting retirement, health, compensation and employment issues.
  • California specific news and analysis to keep you abreast of state compliance issues.
  • Daily articles and news from leading newspapers and trade publications.

To be eligible to receive this new benefit  you must be a State Bar of California member and purchase group medical insurance for two or more members and employees through Mercer. This service is available to qualifying members at no charge.

Interested members should contact Mercer for further details or for assistance with their group health insurance needs.

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Please contact us in whatever manner is most convenient for you.

Program Administrator:

Mercer Health & Benefits Insurance Services LLC
Attn: Association Dept.
777 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Contact Us:

Phone: 1- 800-236-4352

E-mail:

E-mail: CalBarConnectHealth.service@mercer.com

From healthy young adults to senior citizens to individuals struggling with chronic diseases, the effects of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) will be far-reaching for members. As of January 1, 2014, new regulations will provide most Americans access to health insurance that covers essential care. Attorneys need to understand the impact ACA has on them as individuals as well as employers. You’ll need to evaluate how ACA influences your medical insurance buying decisions and the impact the change will have on your employees.

One thing is for certain: the amount of healthcare reform information available to absorb is overwhelming. While much of the following may not be new to you, we hope to provide members with the information and guidance necessary to help review the decision making process that lies ahead for their practices, their families and their employees.

For more information on Healthcare Reform, please visit www.MercerHealthOptions.com.

Employer Required Notices

Employers, whether they provide health insurance to their employees or not, must distribute notices to their employees advising them of the existence of the new state health insurance exchange and the potential availability of subsidies to assist with the purchase of health insurance. The notices are required to be distributed prior to October 1, 2013.

Federal regulators released model notices, copies of which appear below, that employers can provide to employees to satisfy the federal health care reform law notice requirement. Among other things, the notices from the U.S. Department of Labor — one for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees, and one for employers who do not offer a health plan — explain how exchanges will operate, and that certain conditions will have to be satisfied for employees to obtain federal premium subsidies to purchase exchange-provided coverage. Employers can provide a link in the notice to a Department of Health and Human Services website, www.healthcare.gov, for information on specific state exchanges.

Employers who offer health plans

Employers who do not offer health plans