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  • Suncreen vs. Sunblock – What’s the Difference?by

    Posted on: May 2, 2012Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Sunlight provides our bodies with vitamin D, but it can also deliver harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays are absorbed into the skin, potentially causing wrinkles and skin cancer. Sunscreens and sunblocks effectively protect the skin against these damaging rays. Knowing the differences between sunscreens and sunblocks can help you choose the most appropriate product. What’s the difference? Sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb UV radiation and reduce the amount that reaches the ski ...

  • May 2012 Health Care Reformby

    Posted on: May 1, 2012Categories: HR & Compliance

    Student Health Insurance Coverage Welcome Back! This month's topic is the Final Regulations of Student Health Insurance... The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to establish how the health care reform law’s requirements apply to student health insurance coverage. The final regulations extend all of the protections provided to enrollees in individual market plans to student health insurance plan enrollees, with sev ...

  • Fitness Tips for Working Momsby

    Posted on: April 25, 2012Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Life as a working mom might make free time, let alone exercise, seem like a fantasy. Be resourceful and find different ways to incorporate exercise into your routine. In addition to its physical benefits, regular exercise helps to reduce stress, increase energy and improve your mood, all critical for a working mom who is on the go! Set a Time and Stick To It Put your goals on paper what you want to achieve through exercise. Rather than guess when and how you want to exercise, stop and write ...

  • National Walk At Work Day! April 25th!by

    Posted on: April 17, 2012Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Do you find it hard to fit exercise in to your busy schedule? Have you ever thought about taking 30 minutes out of your lunch hour to walk? The sixth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day®, a program created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to help improve personal health and decrease the cost of health care for employers and employees, is Wednesday, April 25. S.C. BlueCross will celebrate the day in Columbia with a free community event on the Statehouse grounds from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ...

  • Biometric Screeningsby

    Posted on: April 10, 2012Categories: News & Events

    Since 2004, employers have seen a 33 percent increase in payable employee health care costs and premiums. A major strategy employers should consider to lower these costs is annual preventive biometric screenings. Benefits to employers include: Helping employees detect preventable diseases and serious health conditions earlier; Educating employees about lifestyle changes to prevent the onset of health risk factors; Healthier employees are more productive employees due to less time out of the ...

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month!by

    Posted on: April 4, 2012Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices. The World Health Organization identifies: "The harmful use of alcohol as a global problem which compromises both individual and social development. It results in 2.5 million deaths each year. Alcohol is the world's third largest risk factor for premature mortality, disability, and loss of health." Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause many negative health ef ...

  • April 2012 Health Care Reformby

    Posted on: April 3, 2012Categories: HR & Compliance

    Final Regulations Issued on Exchanges  On March 12, 2012 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final rules on exchanges. Beginning in 2014, individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase private health insurance through state based competitive markets known as Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges). See below for the Clarke & Company Benefits Health Care Reform Legislative Brief on the Final Regulations on Health Insurance Exchanges. We have a ...

  • Weight Loss Challenge 2012 Winners!by

    Posted on: March 29, 2012Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to announce the winners of our 2012 weight loss challenge! The top 5 winners are listed below: - Cindi Visconti - Coastal Cancer Center - Linda Tollison - Rogers Townsend Law Firm - Camille Hingleton - Columbia Heart Clinic - Sandy Jeffcoat - Southeastern Spine Institute - Polly Edwards - South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy   Congratulations to the following 5 companies that lost the most weight: - Rogers Townsend Law Firm - 338 lbs ...

  • Clarke & Company Office, “The Intern”by

    Posted on: March 27, 2012Categories: News & Events

    See the video everyone was talking about at our Corporate Health & Wellness Expo. Like “The Office”, you will love the “Clarke & Company Office”.  Below is the episode that opened the 2012 Health & Wellness Expo titled “The Intern”. Learn about what happened leading up to the Expo. Want to really see our true colors? Watch the Bloopers at the bottom!   Clarke & Company Expo Bloopers ...

  • After The Expoby

    Posted on: March 27, 2012Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    You know how you feel at night on Christmas, kind of tired, and all the buildup leading up to Christmas is over. All the  presents have been unwrapped and put aside. That is kind of the feeling we all had after the Expo. We have been planning and working towards the Health & Wellness Expo since mid-December and it has come and gone. We have met and analyzed survey data, feedback from clients and non-clients, and vendors. I can truly say that this event was  a success....at least to us. ...

  • March 2012 Health Care Reformby

    Posted on: March 26, 2012Categories: HR & Compliance

    W-2 Reporting This will the first year employers will have to report the cost of health care coverage on W-2 forms due in January 2013 when they provide forms for the 2012 year. Clarke & Company Benefits and McLaughlin Smoak & Clarke Benefits have provided information and Legislative Briefs below to help employers with these changes. Health Care Reform-IRS Issues Additional Guidance on W-2 Reporting Health Care Reform- W-2 Reporting Requirements Health Care Reform- IRS Q&As on For ...

  • February 2012 Health Care Reformby

    Posted on: February 1, 2012Categories: HR & Compliance

    Summary of Benefits and Coverage Final regulations have been issued for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage. Plans and issuers must provide to participants and beneficiaries who enroll or re-enroll during open enrollment for plans that renew on or after September 23, 2012. Clarke & Company Benefits and McLaughlin Smoak & Clarke Benefits have provided information and Legislative Briefs below to help employers with these changes. If you need more information on these requirements call you ...

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