Upcoming Webinars

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Working with your Independent Third-Party Administrator (TPA), Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), and Networks to Control Your Health Plan Costs

July 10 @ 9AM PDT

This session will take a deep dive into the benefits of working with Independent Third-Party Administrators, Pharmacy Benefit Managers, and Narrow Networks.

What is an Independent TPA and PBM? How are PBMs and TPAs paid? What is a Narrow Network? How does our plan implement these strategies? Answers to these and many other questions will be explored. Register

Specialty Drug Update

July 24 @ 9AM PDT

High (specialty drug costs for treating some chronic conditions can be as high as $1 million annually for a single plan member) and rising specialty drug costs have become the most important health plan cost driver for many employer groups. The entry of these drugs into the marketplace has raised important economic, health, and ethical questions for all health plans.

In this Webinar, Dr. Bruce Campbell will review:

  • The clinical effectiveness of commonly used specialty drugs;
  • The cost impact of these drugs, including ROI estimates and future cost projections;
  • The FDA specialty drug approval pipeline;
  • Ethical issues surrounding financing and use of these drugs;​
  • Current options for managing costs and ensuring the appropriate use of these drugs.

After this webinar, employers will have a better understanding of specialty drug use, the drug release schedule, and most importantly practical action steps to control costs without adversely affecting members’ health and prognosis. Register

What's New at PWA

We have officially moved to our new office!

We are now located at 2356 Gold Meadow Way, Suite 140, Gold River, CA 95670

We are happy to say that Scott Tomei and Sean Kelleher have decided to join us at our new location!

You can contact Scott and Sean at their direct lines:
Scott: (916) 631-6882
Sean: (916) 631-7888

In Memory of Our Founder

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of PWA's founder, Conny K. Saab. The family and staff greatly appreciate all of the condolences you have extended to us over the past few weeks during this time of grief. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for a donation to be sent to the Children's Receiving Home, which was Conny's favorite charity, in his memory. You can go to www.crhkids.org or by mail to:

Children's Receiving Home
3555 Auburn Blvd.
 Sacramento, CA 95821

Upcoming Out of Office Dates

Thursday, July 4th

Monday, September 2nd

Webinars, Seminars, Workshops! Oh, My!

It's event season for PWA and we got a lot of new and exciting topics for employers of all sizes!

Check out our upcoming events this next quarter and keep an eye out for more in our next edition of PWA E-blast!

Save the Date!

Labor Law and Compliance Update

Sacramento- August 29th

Look out for an invite soon for more details!

Labor Law and Compliance Update
Aug 29 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
Del Paso Country Club

PWA Open House!

Please join us at our new location in Gold River, CA

Enjoy refreshments and conversation while keeping out of the heat on August 2nd at 6 PM.

Please RSVP by July 29th

Industry News

California Governor Proposes Penalty to Fund Health Insurance Subsidies

California Healthline (6/3/19)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed imposing a tax penalty on people who fail to enroll in health insurance, with the proceeds going toward tax credits for an estimated 850,000 Californians, including some whose incomes are too high for federal assistance. The proposal is being debated by state lawmakers as part of budget negotiations, which should have been done by June 15th. Read More

Health Insurance: State to State 2019

Carrier Alerts and News

Social Health Network To Address Needs on a Broad Scale

kp.org (5/6/19)

Kaiser Permanente is partnering with United Us to connect health care and social services providers to address the pressing social needs including housing, food, safety, utilities and more for millions of people across the United States. Read More

Creating a Healthy, Sustainable Future for All: KP Received 10 Environmental Excellence Awards

Legal and HR Alerts

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31st, 2019

May 20, 2019

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on insurers of certain fully insured plans and plan sponsors of certain self-funded plans to help fund the Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The PCORI fee is due by July 31 of the year following the calendar year in which the plan or policy year ends. Employers who sponsor calendar year self-funded plans can celebrate-2019 is the last year that they will pay this fee. Read more here

IRS Releases 2020 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

May 28, 2019

This alert is of interest to all employers that sponsor group health plans.  Note that employers with “grandfathered” or “grandmothered” plans are not subject to the ACA out-of-pocket limits, although the HSA/HDHP rules still apply if the plan is an HSA-qualified HDHP. Read more here

HHS Proposes Revisions to ACA Section 1557 Regulations

June 11, 2019

At the end of May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to revise regulations previously released under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The HHS goal with the proposed rule is to remove what the department views as redundancies and inconsistencies with other laws, as well as reduce confusion. Read more here

Employee Articles and Resources

3 Signs a Conversation Needs to Happen

SmartBrief (5/6/19)

Workplaces can reduce drama and disruption by having hard and productive conversations with people displaying negative behaviors or affecting business outcomes writes Marlene Chism. "There's always a business case for cleaning up bad behavior, you just have to notice how to connect the dots," she writes. Read More

Group communication

It's Gonna Be H.O.T. this Summer!

With the summer months here, fun and temperature are heating up. It's important to watch your hydration and body temperature levels to avoid heat strokes, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. 

Here are some tips to keep cool during the summer:

  • Drink PLENTY of water! Carry a water bottle with you when you go outside, especially when you are doing activities. 

  • Take breaks in shaded areas. The hotter it is, the more breaks you should have. It allows your body to cool off and is the perfect time to take a water break!

  • Wear loose or light-weight clothing. Allowing air to circulate will help keep you cool and comfortable.

Continue to read more tips below!

PWA Hydration Flyer                           PWA Hydration Poster

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather         Heat Safety at Work

Safety Zone: Dehydration (video)