Employee Benefits

Posted July 21st, 2020 in Employers

Small businesses often times find it hard to provide quality health insurance coverage to employees, especially during these unique times. Let’s face the reality! Health insurance usually comes with a high price tag, and small businesses may not be able to meet the contribution or participation requirements to provide a traditional group health plan to employees.

Posted May 21st, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) can be otherwise described as premium reimbursement plans. Employers establish a plan to reimburse employees for health insurance coverage they obtain on their own; either a plan obtained in the individual health insurance market or through Medicare. Reimbursements are tax-free to employees and tax-deductible to employers.

Posted May 7th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) are new premium reimbursement arrangements that allow employers to reimburse employees for personal health insurance coverage they obtain on their own. Plans such as those offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicare plans are eligible for reimbursement. An employer may optionally choose to reimburse out-of-pocket medical expenses too.

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 4th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

COBRA has been an administrative challenge for employers dating back to 1986 when it first became effective. On the surface, it’s easy to comprehend COBRA and its purpose, but behind the scenes, an employer has a lot of obligations it must account for to ensure compliance with the law. Take this scenario for example:

Posted February 12th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

New SBCs Required in 2021 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a requirement for most individual and group health insurance plans to provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document to covered members at various times. The SBC is intended to help people understand their insurance benefits and/or compare plans.
Posted February 4th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Annual Medicare Part D reporting is required for all employers who provide health benefits with prescription drug coverage. The reporting is an online filing to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and it lets CMS know if the prescription drug coverage available on the employer’s health plan is “creditable.”

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.

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