Archive for Health Care Plans’ Category


Oct

20

2016

Survey: Enrollment in Consumer-Directed Health Plans Jumps 22 Percent Despite Increase in Plan Costs

Our 2016 Health Plan Survey results are in and as our preliminary findings indicated, while employer costs remained steady, employees continue to take on more cost for coverage. With PPO deductibles rising 50 percent, UBA finds that consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) continue to increase in popularity even though they are offering less savings than a year ago. Our newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey Executive…

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The FLSA Overtime Changes and Their Impact on Employee Benefits
Sep

22

2016

The FLSA Overtime Changes and Their Impact on Employee Benefits

Most employers should be reviewing payroll budgets and job descriptions to ensure that changes to salaries and job classifications are all in order by the December 1 deadline based on the new overtime exempt salary threshold and other final rule changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Another area that will be impacted by these changes and needs review now is employee benefits.Review NowThis…

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Initial 2016 Health Plan Survey Results Are Out: PPO Deductibles Increase Fifty Percent, Employer Costs Remain Steady
Aug

24

2016

Initial 2016 Health Plan Survey Results Are Out: PPO Deductibles Increase Fifty Percent, Employer Costs Remain Steady

The 2016 UBA Health Plan Survey contains the validated responses of 19,557 health plans and 11,524 employers, who cumulatively employ over two and a half million employees and insure more than five million total lives. Of the preliminary findings, we see that employees continue to take on more cost for coverage. The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan (which nearly half of…

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Mail Order or Not?
Aug

1

2016

Mail Order or Not?

By Mary Delaney, MSPT, CWP Managing Director for Vital Incite, A UBA Partner-Provided SolutionIn 1990, Health Affairs* reported “The escalating costs of prescription drugs and competition among pharmaceutical firms for customers are drawing the attention of policymakers, pharmacies, and individual and institutional purchasers. Mail-order pharmacies recently have grown in prominence as a competitive alternative to the local community pharmacy.”With the improvements in retail pharmacy pricing,…

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New Benefits Target Employee Debt
Jul

18

2016

New Benefits Target Employee Debt

By Geoff Mukhtar Communications Manager at United Benefit AdvisorsToday, most new full-time hires expect a company to offer certain standard benefits – health, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation and sick days, and a 401(k) or pension. Some companies go beyond this and provide other benefits such as profit sharing, parking reimbursement, mobile phone reimbursement, wellness programs, and even on-site daycare. So what does…

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Industry Trends Emerge in Mail Order Drug Benefits
Jul

11

2016

Industry Trends Emerge in Mail Order Drug Benefits

By Mary Drueke-Collins, FSA Vice President of Employee Benefits for Swartzbaugh-Farber & Associates, Inc. A UBA Partner FirmMail order has always been a convenient way for individuals to keep their maintenance drug prescriptions filled. Employers often wonder, are there other advantages to using mail order other than convenience? As an employer, should we be incentivizing mail order? The answers to some of these questions can…

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