What’s In and Out with Benefit Programs

February 22, 2019
When you offer benefits to your employees, you want to provide the type of benefits that will attract and keep valued employees.  However, benefits that once were popular can become less desirable. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Forbes magazine conducted surveys to... Find out more »

A Simple Way for Small Employers to Assist Employees with Buying Health Insurance

Are you having difficulty finding a good, affordable health care benefit plan for your small business? If so, have you considered using a QSEHRA as an alternative? Congress created the QSEHRA, or Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement, in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures... Find out more »

How to Maximize 401(k) Limits and Savings Strategies

Your employees will be able to save more money in their 401(k) retirement accounts this year. The big question, though, is should they save the annual maximum?   New Contribution Cap For employer match accounts, the Internal Revenue Service raised the annual contribution cap for... Find out more »

Navigating DOL 401(k) Audit Red Flags

Think there’s no way your retirement plan might be audited? Think again. The Department of Labor (DOL) can select any size retirement plan for a random 401(k) audit. Your plan also could face an audit if it matches an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dataset targeting certain types of plans... Find out more »

Wave of the Future: Value-Based Care

The practice of insurers paying fee for services to physicians and hospitals is going the way of the dinosaurs. Look for value-based care to replace the current payment model. With the fee for service approach, insurers pay medical providers based on the amount of health care services they... Find out more »

Why Generics are Good for Your Pocketbook (and Health Insurance Premiums)

When available, generic drug substitutes generally save about 30 percent. Generic medications have been hailed as a great way to save money on prescriptions and control escalating health insurance premiums. Generics usually cost substantially less than name-brand drugs, but be aware that... Find out more »

Benefit Planning Strategies for 2019-2020

February 21, 2019
Although employer-sponsored group health benefit open enrollment is behind us, it’s not too early to start looking at what strategies will be in favor in 2019 to curb costs. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that group health benefits are expected to approach $15,000... Find out more »

New AHP Resources Now Available

January 28, 2019
Employers interested in forming Association Health Plans (AHP) to purchase health care benefits for their employees have a resource to help with federal regulations and guidelines. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) added compliance assistance information to its Employer.gov website:... Find out more »

The True Cost of an Insurance Policy Is Not Just the Premium

October 24, 2018
Protecting an asset from physical damage is usually at the forefront of what type of insurance to purchase, but have you ever asked yourself what you might be missing?  Is the successful repair or rebuilding of an asset really the biggest and only concern?  The answer to this question is... Find out more »

Wave of the Future: Value-Based Care

September 20, 2018
The practice of insurers paying fee for services to physicians and hospitals is going the way of the dinosaurs. Look for value-based care to replace the current payment model. With the fee for service approach, insurers pay medical providers based on the amount of health care services they... Find out more »