Employee Benefits Report – April 2020

SECURE Act’s Effect on Retirement Plans

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Here’s a review of the changes that affect small employers and some large ones.
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ERISA Compliance for Small and Large Employers

older coupleDespite its name, Employee Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA) regulations apply not only to retirement plans, but to all “welfare” plans, including health benefits.
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How to Conduct a COBRA Self Audit

insurance coverage documentTo help avoid an audit, or to be prepared in case an audit is ordered, it’s best to conduct a self audit.
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Giving Benefits the Respect They Deserve (and the Law Requires)

If you offer your employees health benefit coverage, your substance abuse and mental health benefits should be comparable to the other medical benefits in your plan.
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Employee Benefits Report – March 2020

States Actively Working to Reform Health Care

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Health care reform continues to be a hot topic during the 2020 presidential election.
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Background Checks: The Fine Line of Staying in Compliance

person with magnifying glassBackground checks allow employers to get a clearer picture of an applicant’s job and personal history. So, what happens if you find out that the applicant has a criminal background or has been convicted of drug use? Read on for details.
 

How to Stay in Compliance When Employees Work Remotely

woman sitting at deskAs telecommuting continues to gain popularity with it comes a new set of compliance challenges for businesses.
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The Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Does your health benefit plan have a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)? If so, it’s important you understand how a PBM affects your and your employees’ access to prescription drugs, as well as controlling your out-of-pocket costs. Read on for details.

Life & Health Insurance Advisor – February 2002

How Life Insurance Works in Divorce Settlements

broken heartOf the two main types of life insurance, permanent and term, only permanent is usually a significant part of a divorce settlement. Read on for details.
 
 
 

Life Insurance and the High Cost of Vaping

girl holding vape penIs vaping safer than cigarettes? Insurance companies don’t think so. Read on for details.
 
 
 
 

Retirement Financial Planning: How to Set Realistic Goals

life planning timelineAs you get close to retirement, it makes sense to switch your mindset from saving for retirement to creating a financial plan that coordinates your spending and saving habits to achieve your retirement goals.
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How Accident and Disability Insurance Differ

Accident insurance and disability insurance might sound similar, but they have different, though complementary objectives. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – January 2020

Value-Based Care Gains Favor as a Provider Reimbursement System

man putting money in dr pocketHealth care experts believe value-based care could lower costs and improve patient outcomes.
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Rules and Exceptions When Providing Benefits to Same Sex Couples

law bookEmployers who offer benefits to spouses must also offer them to same-sex couples though there are exceptions. Read on for details.

 
 

IRS Sets 2020 Retirement Plan Contribution and Benefit Limits

tax formsNearly all of the dollar limits currently in effect for 2019 will experience minor increases for 2020. Read on for details.

 
 

Dental Insurance Promotes Overall Health

Providing employees the opportunity to purchase dental insurance is not enough. Employee education is an important element when you offer voluntary benefits. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – December 2019

President Trump Issues New Health Coverage Responsibilities for Employers of Immigrants

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New and proposed immigration requirements for documented and undocumented immigrants could impact employers who offer health care coverage.
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How Employers Can Avoid FMLA Pitfalls

FMLA handbookThe FMLA has been law since 1993 but employers can still find the rules confusing. Read on for details.
 
 
 
 

When is Indemnity Health Insurance an Acceptable Alternative to a Fully-Insured Plan?

stethoscope with block familyHere’s a look at the advantages and disadvantages.
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Are Your Workplace Policies Up to Date about Vaping?

The popularity of vaping is sending some employers scrambling to craft workplace policies governing the use of electronic cigarettes. Read on for details.

Life & Health Insurance Advisor – November 2019

A Beneficiary’s Guide to Filing a Life Insurance Claim

death certificateA life insurance policy can be a thoughtful way to provide for loved ones after you die. But what happens if you are the beneficiary of someone’s life insurance policy?
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Two Medicare Enrollment Periods for 2020 Benefits

Medicare puzzle pieceHappy with your Medicare benefits? Not interested in making changes for 2020? Great! You don’t have to do a thing.
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The Case for and Against Universal Health Care

hands holding a heartOne of the hot topics of the 2020 presidential election is universal health care– especially among progressive Democrat candidates. 
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The Benefits of Purchasing Life and Disability Insurance Together

Most people easily grasp the importance of having a life insurance plan. Death is inevitable and life insurance can provide a surviving spouse, children and other dependents with the funds to maintain their standard of living.  
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Employee Benefits Report – October 2019

Health Savings Accounts — One Key to a More Comfortable Retirement

apple with letter blocks Here’s what your employees need to know about health savings accounts
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Genetic Testing Protections and Limitations

test tubeWhen the federal government passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) in 2008, the law provided a starting point and baseline to prevent insurance carriers from using genetic testing information to determine rates. Read on for details.
 

When Life Insurance Isn’t Enough

checklistDisability, not death, is much more likely to cause a person to lose their home.
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Access to Preventive Care Eased for Some HDHPs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made it easier for people who have high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) with health savings accounts (HSAs) to get preventive care services to treat chronic diseases even if the insured hasn’t yet met the deductible. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – September 2019

Technology’s Growing Importance in Providing Quality Health Care

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Whenever you sign up for a new group health care benefit plan for your company or receive communications from your insurance carrier about new benefits, there’s a good chance the insurer is using technology to provide you with better service.
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New Rule Offers New HRA Options

HRA cardBusiness owners now have a way to help their employees get individual health care coverage. Read on for details.
 
 
 

Legal Plan Representation: Peace of Mind at an Affordable Cost

lawyerYour employees face legal issues far more often than you might think, and a group legal plan could relieve employees’ financial and legal concerns while increasing loyalty to your company.
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The Confusing World of Cannabis Regulation and Insurance

Although 33 states and the District of Columbia passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form, don’t assume your group health insurance covers the use of medical marijuana (cannabis) or CBD oil. Read on for details.

Life & Health Insurance Advisor – August 2019

Benefits of Hospital Indemnity Insurance

emergency roomHospital indemnity insurance is gaining in popularity as a way to deal with increasingly higher out-of-pocket expenses.
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Important Changes to Medicare Part D

Medicare puzzle pieceIf you’re retired and have health care coverage through Medicare Advantage Part C or Original Medicare and a Part D plan, you should know that a few changes have been made.
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What to Know: Long-term vs. Short-Term Disability Insurance

man with broken armNo one really expects to become disabled, but it does happen.
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Travel Insurance for Peace of Mind

The last thing you want to think about when planning your dream vacation is canceling your trip. Still, it pays to plan ahead and travel insurance can be one of the most important items you take.
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Employee Benefits Report – July 2019

Meaningful Ways to Support an Aging Workforce

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America’s workforce is aging rapidly — and it will have an impact on your business.
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The Lure of Workplace Flexibility

home officeThe concept of a flexible workplace is based on the idea that it’s possible to work harder and smarter away from the office or during a shorter work week. The question most employers have is, “Will it work?”
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A Plan Sponsor’s Cyber Security Responsibilities

computer screenCyber security insurance can help protect you and your workers’ health and retirement benefit plans.
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Choosing a Vision Insurance Plan Your Employees Will Value

A good, quality vision plan is a valuable asset for your employees.
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Employee Benefits Report – June 2019

How to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

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Death from an accidental opioid overdose has become one of the top five causes of death in recent years.
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To Pay or Not to Pay Parental Leave?

dad at home with kidsThere are no laws mandating unpaid leave to care for employee’s family members.
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Retirement Reform on Senate and House Agendas

capitol buildingTwo similar bills in the U.S. Senate and House are designed to make it easier to save for retirement and both bills appear to have bipartisan support.
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Is Fitness Tracking for Better Health Worth the Risk of Losing Privacy?

Would you require or incentivize your employees to share data from their fitness trackers if it would significantly lower premiums and/or improve their health?
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Life and Health Insurance Advisor – Summer 2019

The Likelihood of Medicare for All

calculatorAfter passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and watching Republicans begin to dismantle it in 2017, many Democrats now are proposing Medicare for All.
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How to be a Caregiver Without Taking a Major Financial Hit

men walking on pathCaregivers can be life savers by taking care of people who cannot care for themselves. However, caregivers must also take care of themselves – particularly their finances.
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The Importance of Life Insurance at Any Age

hands holding heartHave you ever wondered what the perfect age is for purchasing life insurance? Here’s a hint – right now! Here’s why:
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When Euthanasia and Life Insurance Intersect

If a terminally ill person decides on euthanasia, will their life insurance deny their beneficiaries the life insurance money?
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