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PCORI Fee Increase for Health Plans | Houston Benefits Consultants
Nov

7

2018

PCORI Fee Increase for Health Plans | Houston Benefits Consultants

On November 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2018-85 to announce that the health plan Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 will be $2.45 per plan participant. This is an increase from the prior year’s fee of $2.39 due to an inflation adjustment. Background The Affordable Care Act created the…

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Be the Boss You Want to See in the World | Houston Benefits Advisors
Nov

2

2018

Be the Boss You Want to See in the World | Houston Benefits Advisors

An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the traits that make someone become a leader aren’t always the ones that make someone an effective leader. Instead, efficacy can be traced to ethicality. Here are a few tips to be an ethical leader. Humility tops charisma A little charisma goes a long way. Too much and a leader risks being seen as self-absorbed. Instead,…

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Ask the Experts: Mandatory Flu Shots | Houston Employee Benefits Agency
Oct

24

2018

Ask the Experts: Mandatory Flu Shots | Houston Employee Benefits Agency

Question: Can we require our employees to get flu shots? Answer: While there is no law that prohibits employers from mandating flu shots — and in some states, the law requires all healthcare workers to get flu shots — you should carefully determine if the benefits to your business outweigh the risks. There has been a rise in litigation brought by employees who object to…

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Looking Backward to Plan Forward | Houston Benefits Firm
Oct

17

2018

Looking Backward to Plan Forward | Houston Benefits Firm

We have entered Open Enrollment season and that means you and everyone in your office are probably reading through enrollment guides and trying to decipher it all. As you begin your research into which plan to choose or even how much to contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA), consider evaluating how you used your health plan last year. Looking backward can actually help you…

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Oct

10

2018

Medicare Part D Notices Due Oct. 15 | Houston Employee Benefits

Are you an employer that offers or provides group health coverage to your workers? Does your health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs — either as a medical claim or through a card system? If so, be sure to distribute your plan’s Medicare Part D notice before October 15. Purpose Medicare began offering “Part D” plans — optional prescription drug benefit plans sold by private insurance…

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Wealthy vs Financial Fit. Here’s the Difference and Why It Matters | Houston Employee Benefit Consultants
Sep

7

2018

Wealthy vs Financial Fit. Here’s the Difference and Why It Matters | Houston Employee Benefit Consultants

People can be wealthy without being financially fit, meaning they can have a lot of assets or money tied up in assets, but those assets aren’t “liquid.” Let me explain. Say you have a house that has escalated in value in the real estate market. You may have this large asset, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re financially comfortable from an income standpoint. You aren’t…

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Final Rule on Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance | Houston Employee Benefits Agency
Aug

31

2018

Final Rule on Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance | Houston Employee Benefits Agency

On August 1, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Labor (collectively, the Departments) released a final rule that amends the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. HHS also released a fact sheet on the final rule. According to the Departments, the final rule will provide consumers with more affordable options for health coverage because they…

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