Employee Benefits

Posted May 13th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

Everyone knows that Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) save employees money on healthcare and dependent care expenses. But did you know that FSAs save employers money as well?

FSAs are one of the few benefits an employer can provide that often pays for itself—and then some! While there are expenses that will be incurred by the employer when using a third-party administrator for the FSA, there are also payroll tax savings that will offset some or all those expenses.

Posted April 23rd, 2021 in Employers, Producers

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) can be a great way for employers to control their benefits budgets without sacrificing quality of coverage for their employees. There are several different types of HRAs available in the market, but perhaps the most popular is the Integrated HRA. These HRAs work alongside a group health plan to reimburse employees for out-of-pocket expenses. Only those employees enrolled in the group health plan can participate in the HRA.

Posted March 18th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) are 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. 

Posted November 5th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

When’s the last time your FSA or HRA administrator exceeded your expectations? Are you tired of dealing with claims issues, customer service let-downs, and unhappy employees? You need a better benefits administrator.

As a trusted benefits administrator for over 30 years, Flex offers employee benefit programs and compliance services built with employers in mind. We’ve got the tools and resources that employees want, along with the service and support employers need.

Posted October 29th, 2020 in Producers

The fourth quarter is in full swing! If you’re like most health insurance brokers, this is your busiest time of year. It’s also your last opportunity to hit your sales goals for the year. We’ve put together seven killer sales strategies to make this your best fourth quarter ever.

Posted September 30th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requires employers with 20 or more employees to offer continuation coverage under a group health plan for periods of 18, 29 or 36 months depending on the qualifying event.

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.

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