Archive for Posts Tagged ‘employee benefits’

Gamification and Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits
Aug

24

2020

Gamification and Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits

  Open enrollment season is upon us and many companies are choosing to host “virtual benefits fairs” instead of the traditional “walk and talk” fairs. Open enrollment meetings have turned into live streaming events or recorded webinars. Incentivizing employee participation in these areas can come in a variety of ways but the newest trend is gamification. Gamification has been defined as “behavior modification using technology.”…

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How to be an Open Enrollment Rockstar | Texas Benefits Consultants
Oct

22

2019

How to be an Open Enrollment Rockstar | Texas Benefits Consultants

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas—it’s Open Enrollment!! When the autumn leaves fall and the weather turns cooler, we know it’s time to start thinking of open enrollment hype and meetings and meetings and meetings. So how do you change normal and ordinary communication about employee benefits and change them into rockstar communication? We have some tips that may…

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Volunteering Time Off, Part Two | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants
Sep

9

2019

Volunteering Time Off, Part Two | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants

Right now our national unemployment rate is 3.7%–edging towards a 50-year low. With this low rate, companies are actually finding it increasingly harder to hire and retain great talent. One way to combat this issue is by increasing employee engagement through volunteering. In survey after survey, employees state that they want to work for companies who care for others.  In fact, “71% of employees surveyed…

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Volunteering Time Off | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants
Aug

6

2019

Volunteering Time Off | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants

Volunteering Time Off, or VTO, has become a buzz topic for many companies as of late. It involves encouraging employees to take time off from their job to plug in to their community and the nonprofits that support it. Let’s delve in deeper to understand what VTO looks like. Typical VTO policies allot for 8 hours of paid time off to volunteer each year. Just…

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Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | Texas Benefits Advisors
Jun

26

2019

Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | Texas Benefits Advisors

Question: Our company offers group medical and dental plans for all employees. We also have an executive-only medical plan that covers out-of-pocket expenses that the regular group plan does not pay. Does COBRA apply to the executive-only plan? Do we have to include it in our summary plan description (SPD)? Answer: The coverage continuation requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) pertain to…

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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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Oct

31

2018

Choosing the Right Flexible Benefit for Employees | TX Benefits Agency

Trying to decide which of the many employer-sponsored benefits out there to offer employees can leave an employer feeling lost in a confusing bowl of alphabet soup—HSA? FSA? DCAP? HRA? What does it mean if a benefit is “limited” or “post-deductible”? Which one is use-it-or-lose-it? Which one has a rollover? What are the limits on each benefit?—and so on. While there are many details 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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Addressing Mental Health Care at Work | Houston Benefits Firm
Sep

4

2018

Addressing Mental Health Care at Work | Houston Benefits Firm

Nancy Spangler, senior consultant at the Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Foundation, says that one in five adults has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a substance abuse problem. In addition, major depression and its associated conditions cost the U.S. over $210 billion every year. Clearly, mental health is an issue we need to investigate both in our…

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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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