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Posted April 14th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The short answer is that they are both defined contribution plans.

The Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) is an employer-sponsored defined contribution health plan whereas a 401(k) is a defined contribution retirement plan. 

Posted April 8th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Many insurance carriers are offering up a limited time special enrollment period due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Call it a midyear open enrollment period if you will. No qualifying event is necessary to enroll in the group health plan. Many insurance carriers (at the discretion of the employer) are allowing employees to join the group health plan if they waived coverage during the employer’s typical open enrollment period. This comes as good news for many employees.

Posted April 6th, 2020 in Producers

Millions of Americans have already lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis and some experts say the worst is yet to come. According to a recent Federal Reserve estimate, the coronavirus economic freeze could cost 47 million jobs and send the unemployment rate past 32%.

Posted March 27th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The economic stimulus bill that we’ve all been hearing about has officially been approved by Congress and was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday. This $2 trillion bill will provide stimulus checks to many Americans, increase unemployment benefits for workers and provide low interest loans for many small businesses, among many other things.  

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Posted March 17th, 2020 in Producers

At a glance, what employers expect from their benefits brokers and consultants hasn't changed dramatically in recent years. The expectations that top the list are largely the same from year to year.

However, a recent employee benefit trends report from MetLife takes a deeper dive into the responses of employers and employees to uncover insights into how expectations are evolving – and how brokers can deliver for their clients.

Posted March 13th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

In just a very short period of time, the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is impacting health plans and health care throughout the country. Here are some key examples of recent developments:

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