Exploring Benefits Lingo


We all know how confusing and complex benefits and healthcare terms can be- the difference between deductible and co-insurance is a common question for many and there are plenty of others like it.  When you are comfortable and confident in how your plan works, you can make an informed decision on HOW to use and [...]

Exploring Benefits Lingo2021-08-04T14:37:21-05:00

Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due August 2


Do you offer coverage to your employees through a self-insured group health plan? Do you sponsor a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)? If so, do you know whether your plan or HRA is subject to the annual Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) fee? This article answers frequently-asked questions about the PCORI fee, which plans are affected, [...]

Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due August 22021-07-26T08:01:34-05:00

Tips for Preparing Form 5500


At this time of year, many employers and benefit advisors begin preparing Form 5500, the annual report required for most employee benefit plans. Form 5500 must be filed with the federal government within seven months after the end of the plan year. For calendar-year plans, that means the plan’s 2020 Form 5500 is due August 2, [...]

Tips for Preparing Form 55002021-07-15T10:13:39-05:00

Exploring Heart Health


Heartbreaks are painful, but did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 655,000 people dying from the condition each year. This equates to one in four deaths attributed to this awful disease. The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), [...]

Exploring Heart Health2021-07-14T15:51:48-05:00

IRS Provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage


WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance on tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). Notice 2021-31 PDF provides guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health [...]

IRS Provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage2021-07-14T14:14:04-05:00

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021


There have been important changes to the Child Tax Credit that will help many families receive advance payments starting this summer. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for tax year 2021 only. The expanded credit means: The credit amounts will increase for many taxpayers. The credit for [...]

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 20212021-07-14T14:14:33-05:00

How to Stay on Track While on Vacation


Summer is here and so many of us work hard to lose a few pounds before summer vacation but then get to our vacations and ‘’want to live it up!’’ The problem is that then we end up bloated and unhappy with those decisions.  Vacation is supposed to be a time to relax and unwind [...]

How to Stay on Track While on Vacation2021-07-02T17:16:23-05:00

IRS Announces HSA Limits for 2022


On May 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2021-25 announcing the annual inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2022. An HSA is a tax-exempt savings account that employees can use to pay for qualified health expenses. To be eligible for an HSA, an employee: Must be covered by a [...]

IRS Announces HSA Limits for 20222021-06-25T08:49:15-05:00

Important Tips for Men’s Health


We have certainly been focused on improving our health this year. June is Men’s Health Month and provides a great opportunity to focus on some simple tips that men can follow to shore up their health. These five guidelines will not only assist with a man’s physical health, but also their mental health. [...]

Important Tips for Men’s Health2021-06-23T09:45:52-05:00

Data Drop: D&I Appetite, Mental Health Struggles and the Expanding Gig Economy


  There are certain issues that have taken center stage in the collective conscious when talking about the workplace, the future of work and how the current workforce is faring under the current conditions. Naturally, as those things enter the collective conscious, researchers find themselves asking what exactly holds true and what can [...]

Data Drop: D&I Appetite, Mental Health Struggles and the Expanding Gig Economy2021-06-23T09:29:41-05:00

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