Know Your Benefits – Medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare Supplement Plans If you are getting close to your 65th birthday, you are likely preparing to enroll in Medicare. Enrolling in Medicare and figuring out how to decrease your out-of-pocket health care expenses can be daunting. A Medicare supplement plan can save you money and provide peace of mind. Medicare Supplement Plans

HSA Limits for 2016

IRS Releases HSA Limits for 2016 On May 4, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2015-30 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2016. The IRS announced the following limits for 2016: IRS Releases HSA Limits for 2016 5-5-15

May 2015 National Health Observances

National Health Observances 2015 Arthritis Awareness Month Arthritis Foundation 800-283-7800 www.arthritis.org Live Well, Work Well flyers: – Autoimmune Disease: Rheumatoid Arthritis – Osteoarthritis Better Hearing and Speech Month American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 800-498-2071 www.asha.org/bhsm Live Well, Work Well flyers: – Hearing Loss Source: 2015 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, U.S. Dept. of Disease Prevention…

Live Well, Work Well – May 2015

The Importance of Resistance Training Many Americans are aware that about two hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week is necessary to stay healthy, and many of those individuals choose an aerobic activity, such as running or biking. However, recent research has shown that splitting your two hours and 30 minutes of exercise between…

HR Brief – May 2015

Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Pregnancy Discrimination Case On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former employee of United Parcel Service (UPS). The employee was faced with the choice to either continue working her labor-intensive job during pregnancy or take unpaid leave.   HR Brief – May 2015

Benefits Buzz – May 2015

HHS Issues Final Rule Affecting ACA for 2016 On Feb. 27, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016. This final rule describes benefit and payment parameters applicable to the 2016 benefit year, including standards relating to: Benefits Buzz – May 2015  

Benefits Bulletin 2nd Quarter 2015

IRS Invites Comments on Cadillac Tax Implementation On Feb. 23, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-16 to describe potential approaches for a number of issues related to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called Cadillac tax. The IRS is seeking comments as it begins developing guidance for the implementation of the Cadillac tax.…

HR Brief April 2015

Employee Handbook Spring Cleaning Now that benefits open enrollment is finished, you may want to consider dusting off your employee handbooks for an annual review. Regularly reviewing employment policies and procedures is becoming increasingly important as workplace legislation and regulations continue to change.   HR Brief Newsletter April 2015

Benefits Buzz April 2015

New Guidance for Employer Payments of Individual Premiums In late February, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-17, which offers guidance on the prohibition of employer payment plans. These plans are arrangements that pay for or reimburse premiums for individual health plans. April 2015 Benefits Buzz

Live Well Work Well April 2015

New Guidelines—Cholesterol Is Not So Bad For the last several decades, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, provided by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA), have warned against overconsumption of cholesterol. Dietary recommendations suggested that adults consume no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day (to put that into…