Archive for Health Plans’ Category

The News About Association Health Plans | Houston Employee Benefits
Jul

3

2018

The News About Association Health Plans | Houston Employee Benefits

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs). AHPs are not new, but they have not been widely available in the past and, in some cases, they have not been successful. The Final Rule is designed to make AHPs available to a greater number of small businesses as an alternative to standard ACA-compliant small group…

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ACA Play or Pay: Affordability Percentage for 2019 | Houston Benefits Consultants
Jun

7

2018

ACA Play or Pay: Affordability Percentage for 2019 | Houston Benefits Consultants

On May 21, 2018, the IRS announced that the affordability percentage under the Affordable Care Act’s play or pay rules will increase to 9.86% for 2019 plan years. This is an increase from 9.56% for 2018 plan years. By way of background, the ACA’s employer shared responsibility provision – often called the employer mandate or “play or pay” – requires large employers to offer health…

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Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due July 31 | Houston Benefit Advisors
May

29

2018

Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due July 31 | Houston Benefit Advisors

Do you offer coverage to your employees through a self-insured group health plan? Do you sponsor a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)? If so, do you know whether your plan or HRA is subject to the annual Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) fee? This article answers frequently-asked questions about the PCORI fee, which plans are affected, and what you need to do as the employer sponsor….

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Disability Insurance | Houston Benefit Consultants
May

25

2018

Disability Insurance | Houston Benefit Consultants

  “Your most valued asset isn’t your house, car, or retirement account. It’s the ability to make a living.” No one foresees needing disability benefits.  But, should a problem arise, the educated and informed employee can plan for the future by purchasing disability insurance to help cover expenses when needed. When you ask people what is the number one reason disability insurance is needed, most…

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IRS Changes Course (Again) and Restores 2018 HSA Family Limit to $6,900 | Texas Benefit Advisors
May

1

2018

IRS Changes Course (Again) and Restores 2018 HSA Family Limit to $6,900 | Texas Benefit Advisors

Friday, April 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the 2018 annual contribution limit to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for persons with family coverage under a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) is restored to $6,900. The single-coverage limit of $3,450 is not affected. This is the final word on what has been an unusual back-and-forth saga. The 2018 family limit of $6,900 had…

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Notifying Participants of a Plan Change | Houston Employee Benefits
Apr

23

2018

Notifying Participants of a Plan Change | Houston Employee Benefits

Curious about when you should notify a participant about a change to their health care plan?  The answer is that it depends!  Notification must happen within one of three time frames: 60 days prior to the change, no later than 60 days after the change, or within 210 days after the end of the plan year. For modifications to the summary plan description (SPD) that…

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Prescription Drug Discount Programs | Texas Employee Benefits Brokers
Apr

17

2018

Prescription Drug Discount Programs | Texas Employee Benefits Brokers

Did you know that you can save time and money on your prescription drugs by simply signing up for a discount card online? With savings as much as 80% off, these discount cards keep your health care costs down even when the prices of prescriptions are sharply rising.  At no cost to the patient, discount drug programs negotiate the price of medicines with pharmacies and…

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Grandmothers Can Visit A Little Longer | Houston Employee Benefits
Apr

13

2018

Grandmothers Can Visit A Little Longer | Houston Employee Benefits

States that permit carriers to renew medical policies without adopting various Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements may continue to do so through 2019, according to a bulletin released April 9, 2018, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The bulletin extends transitional relief for non-ACA-compliant policies for another year. The affected category of non-ACA-compliant policies, available in some individual and small group insurance…

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