Benefits Buzz

Posted January 21st, 2020 in Employers

Consumer-Driven Health Plans (CHDPs) have been steadily gaining in popularity for several years now. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2018 Annual Benefits Report, 40% of the employers surveyed now offer a CDHP to their employees. SHRM defines a CDHP as a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) or a Health Savings Account (HSA) paired with any underlying medical plan.

Posted January 16th, 2020 in Producers

A stand-out strategy for small businesses:  Worksite benefits enable small companies to do more with less

The competition for talent is fierce for small businesses. With the rising cost of health care eating up larger portions of their benefits budgets, small business owners working to attract and retain key talent are looking for ways to do more with less. For these employers, worksite benefits offer a strategic opportunity to not only compete for top talent but keep key employees once they're on board.

Posted January 14th, 2020 in Producers

The fourth quarter is finally over, and you made it through! Now you’re probably planning to sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-earned break. Not so fast!

Open enrollment season can be unbelievably stressful and exhausting. With all the time you spent setting up enrollment meetings, chasing down employee applications and entering new benefit elections, you probably didn’t have a spare moment to think about benefits compliance. Unfortunately, compliance obligations don’t go away just because it’s your busiest time of the year.

Posted January 7th, 2020 in Producers

Benefit needs and strategies are constantly evolving. But, one thing hasn't changed. Employers value the expert guidance they get from their benefits brokers.

A new employee benefit trends report from MetLife examines the changing expectations of employers – and finds that the list goes way beyond cost savings. 

Posted December 31st, 2019 in Individuals

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) allow eligible individuals to put money aside tax-free to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, but HSAs work differently than other tax-advantaged accounts. Here are 10 helpful tips and reminders as the year comes to an end.
 

  1. HSA contributions for 2019 can be made up until the tax filing deadline, which is April 15, 2020.
     
  2. The maximum annual contribution to an HSA for 2019 is $3,500 for those covered by a single-only qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) and $7,000 for those covered by a family HDHP
Posted November 27th, 2019 in Employers, Producers
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires most employers who offer health and welfare benefits to maintain and distribute Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) to all plan participants. This SPD must include certain disclosures and information, such as when the employer may amend or terminate the plan(s).
 

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