The IRS Holiday Gift to Large Employer Health Plans

The IRS has an early holiday gift for employers, on November 29, 2018, the IRS released an extension for large employers to file the 2018 Form 1095-C or 1095-B under the Affordable Care Act requirements. The agency has pushed back a critical Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline for the fourth year in a row.  The forms, which outline employer-provided medical benefits, must be submitted annually by businesses with 50 or more full-time workers. The IRS uses these reports to track employer compliance.
-The deadline for furnishing 2018 Form 1095-C, or Form 1095-B, if applicable, to employees and individuals is March 4, 2019 (extended from January 31, 2019).

-The deadline for filing copies of the 2018 Forms 1095-C, along with transmittal Form 1094-C (or copies of Forms 1095-B with transmittal Form 1094-B), if applicable, remains unchanged:

-If filing by paper, February 28, 2019.

-If filing electronically, April 1, 2019.

The extended due date applies automatically so employers do not need to make individual requests for the extension.

Lowest Priced Prescription Drugs in Gainesville

Ever consider price shopping prescription drugs before filling at your usual pharmacy? Your answer is most likely no, as most people just have their doctor call it into the place closest to your house or even who may have a drive-thru, whatever is most convenient.

Prescription drugs can get very expensive so it may be worth your time to see who has the least expensive medications in your area. A good tool to use is www.goodrx.com. On this website, you can search by specific drug in your zip code to get a full comparison of all pharmacy charges, with or without a coupon, and even print cost savings vouchers. Here is an example of a search we did for 5 of the top 10 most filled drugs in 2017:

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Whether it be your personal wallet or your employer’s, you could save a lot of money by doing a little bit of homework before filling your next prescription. If there’s ever any way we can assist with your prescription drug or health insurance questions, please call (352)371-7977 or email info@mcgriffwilliams.com.

 

Florida Blue Member Website

Did you know Florida Blue has a member website? Did you know that creating a login for the site makes updating contact information easier, provides details about your claims and deductibles, and can earn you discounts?

Member Website

Setting up your account is quick and easy! Follow this link and the instructions. All you need is your Member Number that is on your member ID card. Once you are registered you can access your health insurance account on a completely secure and accessible site. You can view recent claims and the status of you and your family members deductibles. There is also information about your spending toward your out-of-pocket maximum. You have access to a provider directory and information about what is included in your specific plan as well. Another benefit of the account is the ability to compare costs. You can choose a service, provider, and location to estimate costs of x-rays, MRIs, surgical procedures, and specialty visits.

Need more reasons to create an account? By becoming a user on the site you have access to tons of deals. Go to https://www.blue365deals.com/browse-all-deals to get deals ranging from discounts on hearing aids to access to some of the top fitness centers at a reduced cost.

Mobile Application

Florida Blue also offers a free mobile application on Google Play and in the App Store. The mobile app provides the same great information as the member website on the go! When you need to find a provider in a hurry, the app ensures that you choose someone who is included in-network for your specific plan and based on your current location. If you need your member ID card the app also provides a digital copy.

Creating a Florida Blue member account helps to ease stress, provide convenient and quick information, and keeps you up-to-date on your plan and Florida Blue. Take the time to create your account today!

Get Outside Gainesville

Looking for a way to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors? The parks in Gainesville provide scenery and a variety of activities that vary in intensity. Whether your interested in going for a stroll with your spouse, a bike ride with the family or a run with a friend, Gainesville and the surrounding areas provide great options for soaking up the Florida rays while you exercise.

Below are just a few of our favorite outdoor activities in the Gainesville area:

What’s your favorite outdoor activity in Gainesville?

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