CMS Publishes 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Final Rule | Employee Benefits Agency

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule and fact sheet for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. Although the final rule primarily affects the individual market and the Exchanges, the final rule addresses the following topics that may impact employer-sponsored group health plans: The 2020 maximum annual limitation on cost sharing is $8,150 for … Continued

Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | MN Employee Benefits Advisors

Question: Our company offers group medical and dental plans for all employees. We also have an executive-only medical plan that covers out-of-pocket expenses that the regular group plan does not pay. Does COBRA apply to the executive-only plan? Do we have to include it in our summary plan description (SPD)? Answer: The coverage continuation requirements … Continued

Looking Backward to Plan Forward | Employee Benefits Consultants

We have entered Open Enrollment season and that means you and everyone in your office are probably reading through enrollment guides and trying to decipher it all. As you begin your research into which plan to choose or even how much to contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA), consider evaluating how you used your … Continued

Be Ready for More ACA Penalties | Employee Benefits Agency

The recent barrage of letters sent by the IRS proposing penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be petering out, but a new round is expected later this year. Employers need to be prepared. Several lessons can be learned from the more than 300,000 proposed-penalty letters sent by the IRS this summer and late … Continued

Addressing Mental Health Care at Work | Employee Benefits Advisors

  Nancy Spangler, senior consultant at the Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Foundation, says that one in five adults has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a substance abuse problem. In addition, major depression and its associated conditions cost the U.S. over $210 billion every year. Clearly, mental … Continued

Final Rule on Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance | Employee Benefits Agency

On August 1, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Labor (collectively, the Departments) released a final rule that amends the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. HHS also released a fact sheet on the final rule. According to the Departments, the final rule will provide … Continued

6 Reasons Self-Funded Plans Are Gaining Popularity

  Since the ACA was enacted eight years ago, many employers are re-examining employee benefits in an effort to manage costs, navigate changing regulations, and expand their plan options. Self-funded plans are one way that’s happening. In 2017, the UBA Health Plan survey revealed that self-funded plans have increased by 12.8% in the past year … Continued