Author Archives: Benefits Administration, CPI-HR

HEALTHCARE CLAIMS DATA – THE HOLY GRAIL?

One of the biggest frustrations that I hear from employers is that their health insurance carrier does not provide them with the data that they need in order to best manage their healthcare plan.  One of our distinct “value propositions” … Continue reading

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Voluntary Benefits: The Upside of Giving Employees a Choice

Many employers rely on a robust benefits package to attract and retain employees. The challenge is determining which benefits will appeal to a diverse employee base. The best solution for many employers is customization. A benefits package that goes beyond … Continue reading

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A New Trend: Runners Get Discounts on Life Insurance

Perhaps you’ve seen the ad on Facebook or elsewhere, noting runners have a “35 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality” and may be eligible for life insurance discounts. In light of research revealing the health benefits of running—lower blood pressure, … Continue reading

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It’s the Law: Benefits You Must Provide Employees

Employers have a lot of options for increasing the appeal of their benefits plans. But there are also certain minimums to comply with — benefits required by law. Here is a list of benefits required by either the federal government … Continue reading

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Bundling Payroll, HR and Benefits

“Corporations have traditionally handled payroll, HR and benefits administration separately. Increasingly, however, companies are deciding to integrate these three functions, finding this move can save money and increase efficiency while eliminating duplicate work and potentially decreasing the chance for errors. … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Senate Republicans Release Healthcare Bill; Largely Mirroring House Bill but with Some Key Differences

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a 142-page healthcare “Discussion Draft” of legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), which is the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal-and-replace” legislation American Health … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2017

Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2017 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the PCORI was established as … Continue reading

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Health Savings Account FAQs

Whether you currently offer your employees a qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA) or may be considering offering one at your next renewal, here are some commonly asked questions and answers about how to … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know about HSA’s in 2018

Whether employers are already offering an HSA-compatible health plan or are considering offering one in 2018 there are some important things to consider when administering this type of plan. What is an HSA? A health savings account (HSA) is an … Continue reading

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Why New HCM Needs Mobile Workforce Management

In recent years there has been a rapid shift in HCM technologies, as market consolidation gathered up disparate talent management tools and elevated them to cloud-based integrated HCM suites. As reported by Deloitte in HR Technology Disruptions for 2017, starting in 2015, … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: House Republicans Pass American Health Care Act; Bill Heads to Senate for Further Consideration

On Thursday, May 4, by a vote of 217 to 213 (with 20 Republicans voting against the bill), the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals and replaces significant portions of … Continue reading

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Complying with FMLA During Employee Absences

With employee absences on rise in many areas, it is important to take a close look at how your company is handling absences and whether you are compliant with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements. Non-compliance could result … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: House Republicans Withdraw the AHCA Before a Planned Vote But Efforts to Repeal Continue

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Speaker Paul Ryan pulled from the floor the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), once it was clear that … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: White House Extends Transition Relief for Non-Compliant Plans through 2018

On February 23, 2017, the White House announced a one-year extension to the transition policy (originally announced November 14, 2013 and extended several times since) for individual and small group health plans that allows issuers to continue policies that do … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: IRS to Continue Accepting Tax Returns without Indication of Health Insurance

The IRS has announced that it will continue to process tax filings of individuals whose returns do not indicate whether they have maintained health insurance as required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The announcement is in direct response to the … Continue reading

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