Archive for Health Care Plans’ Category


Feb

3

2017

Who Are You Benchmarking Your Health Plan Against? | Houston Benefit Advisors

Many employers benchmark their health plan against carrier provided national data. While that is a good place to start, regional cost averages vary, making it essential to benchmark both nationally and regionally—as well as state by state. For example, a significant difference exists between the cost to insure an employee in the Northeast versus the Central U.S.—plans in the Northeast continue to cost the most…

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Difference Between Basic Insurance & Major Medical Insurance
Jan

25

2017

Difference Between Basic Insurance & Major Medical Insurance

Choosing a health care plan often comes down to cost, but don’t forget to compare the monthly premium with the amount of coverage you get. Major medical insurance is designed to cover you during everything from routine check-ups to major catastrophic events. Basic health insurance, by contrast, is a cash reimbursement service that can help you pay for some—but not all—types of medical services. Basic…

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Written 2017 With Fireworks In The Night Sky
Jan

18

2017

2017: What HR Can Do to Prepare for a Big Year of Change

Employers saw unprecedented changes to human resources management in 2016, including Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, parental leave laws and a push for equal pay. With a new year and a new president taking office, 2017 is sure to usher in some major changes and HR challenges that could have significant impact on businesses large and small. Here…

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Making Sense of Form 1095 Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting
Jan

13

2017

Making Sense of Form 1095 Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting

In a few weeks, a second season of shared responsibility reporting will begin. For some of you, last year’s inaugural year of reporting may have felt eerily similar to Lewis Carroll’s famous book. You know the one. It included a little girl falling down a dark hole, a rabbit frantically checking his watch and a lot of other crazy characters. Now that you have the…

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Federal Employment Law Update – January 2017
Jan

7

2017

Federal Employment Law Update – January 2017

FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 35 On December 20, 2016, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing special enrollment for group health plans, coverage of preventive services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements. The FAQs were prepared jointly by the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services…

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Ask the Experts: Dealing With FSA Carryover Funds
Dec

26

2016

Ask the Experts: Dealing With FSA Carryover Funds

Question: If an employee has a small health flexible spending account (FSA) balance with a carryover to the next year, and the employee chooses not to participate in the new FSA year, can the employer force the employee to use those funds so as not to incur additional administrative fees in the next plan year? Answer: An employer can prevent “perpetual carryovers” by carefully drafting the…

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New Law Allows Small Employers to Pay Premiums for Individual Policies
Dec

16

2016

New Law Allows Small Employers to Pay Premiums for Individual Policies

This week, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act which includes a provision allowing small businesses to offer a new type of health reimbursement arrangement for their employees’ health care expenses, including individual insurance premiums. The act was previously passed by the House and President Obama is expected to sign it shortly. The provision for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRAs), a…

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The New HSA Under Trump’s Proposed Health Plan
Dec

14

2016

The New HSA Under Trump’s Proposed Health Plan

With the election of a new President, health care plans and the fate of the Affordable Care Act are a hot topic of discussion. As part of his 7-tier health plan, President-Elect Donald Trump has proposed a shift in the way health savings accounts (HSAs) are offered to working Americans. Simply put, an HSA is a savings account for medical expenses. They are tax advantaged…

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What Employers Can Expect from the Trump Administration
Nov

15

2016

What Employers Can Expect from the Trump Administration

  The U.S. Presidential race win by Donald Trump will impact labor, employment, and HR professionals in the key issues of immigration, paid leave, tax reform, and health care. Significant Shift in Immigration Policy Trump has been vocal about his stance on immigration in regard to deportation and illegal immigration. He also seeks to strengthen U.S. jobs, wages, and security through the nationwide use of…

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Employer FYI: Individual Mandate Requirements and Proposed Regulations
Nov

9

2016

Employer FYI: Individual Mandate Requirements and Proposed Regulations

Though employers are not required to educate employees about their individual responsibilities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is helpful to know about the individual mandate. The individual responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate) became effective for most people as of January 1, 2014. Under the individual mandate, most people residing in the U.S. are required to have minimum…

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