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Posted May 1st, 2018 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

On April 26, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced relief for taxpayers with family coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) who can contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).

Posted April 26th, 2018 in Producers, Employers
This blog was originally posted on July 13, 2017.
 
Group health plans are almost always subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as ERISA.
 
This means employers must follow certain rules, such as:
 
  • Providing participants with important information in writing about plan features and funding.
  • Establishing an appeal and grievance process for participants to receive benefits from the plan.
Posted April 24th, 2018 in Producers, Employers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a research institute known as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of PCORI is to help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about healthcare choices. PCORI is funded by fees which are charged to health plans.

The following information is designed to help employers understand their payment obligations.

Posted April 19th, 2018 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
This month, our featured Ask the Expert question comes from Melissa in South Carolina. Melissa asks:
 
“I keep hearing that 213(d) expenses are eligible for reimbursement under a Flexible Spending Account. What exactly is a 213(d) expense?”
 
There are a few things to consider when talking about 213(d) expenses in relation to Flexible Spending Accounts. Let’s start off with a definition of 213(d) expenses.
 
Posted April 17th, 2018 in Producer
Health plans in the individual and small group markets that were issued after March 23, 2010 and prior to January 1, 2014 are commonly referred to as grandmothered plans.  March 23, 2010 is the date the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, while January 1, 2014 is the so-called full implementation date of the ACA.
 
Author: Josh Graham
Title: Sales Manager, Group Products
Posted April 10th, 2018 in Producers

As an insurance producer working in the small group market, you know that many small employers are struggling with the rising cost of healthcare. Your job is to help your clients find the most cost-effective benefits solutions that will save them money but still provide the competitive benefits package necessary to recruit and retain qualified candidates. Understanding the different products and services available in the market space is imperative to your success

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