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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Employee Benefits Report – April 2019

How Employer-Sponsored Dental Insurance Supports Employees’ Overall Health

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Employer-sponsored dental insurance can play an integral part in your employees’ health.
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Unlimited Vacation – Good Idea? or Too Many Headaches?

woman on tropical beachWho wouldn’t want unlimited vacation time? Here are a few advantages, as well as pitfalls.
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Advantages and Disadvantages of the Emerging Telehealth Trend

dr on computer screenTelehealth/telemedicine is being touted as a great innovation — the ability to talk to a provider anytime of the day from home for little or no cost. There are advantages and disadvantages.
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The Advantages of a 457 Retirement Plan

You and your employees might qualify for 457 retirement plans if you work for a state or local government or for certain tax-exempt organizations such as a charities, hospitals or unions.
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Employee Benefits Report – March 2019

Millennials — Changing the Health Care Landscape

doctor holding tabletStudies show that millennials are not interested in having a primary care doctor. They are looking to the Internet, urgent care and employers to help with their health care needs.
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Hospital Prices Now Must be Published Online — But is it a Game Changer?

computer screenWant to know how much a procedure is going to cost you at a particular hospital or medical facility? Look no further than the Internet.
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Retirement Plan Options for Former Employees

retired coupleWhen employees leave a job, they often have to decide what to do with their 401(k) retirement account. Encourage them to investigate their options based on their financial situation and long-term goals. The decision they make could affect their retirement funds size.
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How to Determine Whether Your Voluntary Plans Fall Under Safe Harbor

Don’t assume you’re in compliance with the Voluntary Plans Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) safe harbor rules just because you don’t contribute to the cost of your employees’ voluntary benefits.
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Life and Health Insurance Advisor – Spring 2019

9 Proactive Techniques to Improve Your Workers’ Comp Program and Save Money

arm in a braceYour agent is an excellent resource for ensuring you’re ready when an accident happens — and it doesn’t cost more than necessary.
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What Is Integrated Disability?

people shaking handsWith companies like MetLife and Travelers working together to create programs such as their trademarked Synchrony, the concept of integrated disability is gaining wider acceptance, though there are still hurdles.
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Workplace Injuries — What Are the Odds?

woman walking through airportOdds are workplace injuries won’t happen — yet they do. The odds can be lowered considerably by taking control of the work environment and ensuring employees perform the job the right way.
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Meet Your Insurance Professional: Claims Examiner

Workers’ compensation insurers and some self-insured employers have employees who examine claims after they are submitted for payment.
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Employee Benefits Report – January 2019

How to Maximize 401(k) Limits and Savings Strategies

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Your employees will be able to save more money in their 401(k) retirement accounts this year. The big question, though, is should they save the annual maximum?
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When it Pays for an Employer to be a Life Insurance Beneficiary

paper family under umbrellaWould your business take a financial hit if a key employee passed away? It’s a concern for many employers.
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What to Expect From the ACA in 2019

ACA signThe only thing certain about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is change. And with a new year comes new compliance deadlines and proposed new rules and regulations. The Trump Administration has signaled its intent to propose legislation to again alter the ACA.
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New AHP Resources Now Available

Employers interested in forming Association Health Plans (AHP) to purchase health care benefits for their employees have a resource to help with federal regulations and guidelines.
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Employee Benefits Report – December 2018

A Simple Way for Small Employers to Assist Employees with Buying Health Insurance

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Are you having difficulty finding a good, affordable health care benefit plan for your small business? If so, have you considered using a QSEHRA as an alternative?
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What You Need to Know About the Growing Popularity of Home-Based Care

in home care nurseThe need for home health care aids is expected to increase more than 1.3 million by 2020.
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Does Sick Pay do What it’s Supposed to do? The Case For and Against

person home sick from workStudies show sick pay can reduce the spread of disease in the workplace, but also increase absenteeism.
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What’s In and Out with Benefit Programs

When you offer benefits to your employees, you want to provide the type of benefits that will attract and keep valued employees. However, benefits that once were popular can become less desirable.
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Life and Health Insurance Advisor – November 2018

Keeping Up with Medicare Changes

medicare puzzle pieceHere’s what you need to know for 2019.
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Individual ACA Rates are Going Up, Up, Up — Here’s Why

increasing coin stacksSome areas could see rate increases up to 98 percent
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Q&A: How to Add an Indexed Universal Life Policy to Your Retirement Portfolio

retirement plan notebookHow life Insurance can be an important part of your retirement plan.
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The Surprising Penalties of Genetic Testing

Personal DNA testing kits are all the rage.
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