20 03, 2019

Despite Ruling That ACA Is Invalid, the Law Stands for Employers

By | 2019-03-20T14:08:26+00:00 March 20th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

A ruling by a U.S. District Court judge in December 2018 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is not expected to stand but, if it does, the moves that have been made in the health insurance space to reduce costs, deliver better care outcomes and make the system more efficient would be expected to [...]

13 03, 2019

Proposed Rule Would Allow Employers to Reimburse Staff for Health Premiums

By | 2019-03-13T00:55:14+00:00 March 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Trump administration is moving ahead with new regulations that would make it easier for employers to enter into health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) with their employees, a practice that can be severely penalized under the Affordable Care Act. Under the proposed regulations – issued by the departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services [...]

6 03, 2019

Employers Say Pharmacy Benefit Manager Contracts too Complex, Opaque

By | 2019-03-13T00:36:24+00:00 March 6th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

Three in five employers think their contracts with pharmacy benefit managers are overly complex and not transparent, according to a new study. The study, which found that employers would prefer that PBMs are more transparent with their pricing and would like them to focus less on rebates and value-based designs, comes as PBMs are under [...]

28 02, 2019

America’s “Inefficient” Healthcare System Is Driving Fiscal Instability

By | 2019-02-28T08:43:04+00:00 February 28th, 2019|Healthcare|0 Comments

Health care costs are continuing to grow, and it’s increasingly alarming policymakers. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has repeatedly called out health care spending as the primary issue with the ballooning U.S. debt. He did so again while testifying to Congress on Tuesday. "The U.S. federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path. ... The thing that [...]

20 02, 2019

CMS Disclosure Requirement for Employer Health Plans | Seattle Benefit Advisors

By | 2019-02-20T14:53:33+00:00 February 20th, 2019|Employer|0 Comments

Do you offer health coverage to your employees? Does your group health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs? If so, federal law requires you to complete an online disclosure form every year with information about your plan’s drug coverage. You have 60 days from the start of your health plan year to complete the form. For [...]

6 02, 2019

Ask the Experts: Benefits Changes After Open Enrollment Ends but Before Plan Year Begins

By | 2019-02-06T07:12:56+00:00 February 6th, 2019|Open Enrollment|0 Comments

Question: Can an employee change a pretax plan election after the employer’s open enrollment window has closed but before the plan year has begun? Are there any potential downsides for allowing this? Answer: Yes, an employee may make a change to his or her benefit election after open enrollment has ended but before the plan year [...]

22 01, 2019

Chris Wolpert Named a 2019 Rising Star by Employee Benefit Adviser

By | 2019-01-22T12:30:17+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|Awards and Distinctions|0 Comments

Please join us in congratulating our very own Chris Wolpert on being named one of the 20 Rising Stars of 2019 by Employee Benefit Adviser magazine! The 2019 class of Rising Stars in Advising has been selected by the Employee Benefit Adviser editorial team after a month-long process resulting in 20 standout benefits advisers and [...]

14 01, 2019

5 Ways to Say Thank You | Seattle Benefit Advisors

By | 2019-01-14T13:20:23+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Workplace|0 Comments

As we begin our new year of 2019, we have also closed 2018 with lots of celebrations, gift-giving, and family time. Showing appreciation for others during this generous season comes second nature for some but for others, it doesn’t.  You may be looking for ideas on how to express your gratitude effectively to those around [...]

13 12, 2018

The Crystal Ball: 10 Healthcare Industry Predictions for 2019 | Tacoma Benefit Advisors

By | 2018-12-13T10:21:51+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Healthcare|0 Comments

As the year draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about what’s in store for healthcare in 2019. I offer ten predictions below: sincere ones, hopeful ones and a few final thoughts submitted with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek.   Real Predictions 1. Humanism and humanity will make a real comeback. When you [...]

11 12, 2018

Why Mobile-Friendly Employee Benefits Matter | Seattle Benefit Advisors

By | 2018-12-11T08:52:59+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Benefits Technology|0 Comments

Today’s workforce is always connected, whether at work or throughout their personal lives. Employees have countless apps on their smartphones which often makes it easier for them to do quick personal tasks during work hours or even answer work emails in a flash when they are “off the clock.” The bottom line is that mobile [...]