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  • Form 5500: What You Need To Know

    Form 5500: What You Need To Know

    Attention Employers: Don’t Miss Your Form 5500 Deadline! Here’s a simplified breakdown of what you need to know about filing your employee benefit plan report: Who Needs to File? Employers subject to ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) with employee benefit plans, unless exempt. What to File? Form 5500 (annual report) for each employee benefit…

  • Empowering Baby Boomers: Building a Competitive Benefits Package

    Empowering Baby Boomers: Building a Competitive Benefits Package

    A Baby Boomer is someone born between 1946 and 1964. This generation is currently between 58 and 78 years old (in 2024).  They tend to have a strong, loyal work ethic and excel at face-to-face communication and building relationships with colleagues.  Boomers have a wealth of experience accumulated over long careers. They value jobs that…

  • Protect Your Mental Health with an EAP

    Protect Your Mental Health with an EAP

    Mental health isn’t just the absence of illness. It’s a continuum ranging from severe symptoms such as panic attacks and major depression to excellent mental strength and well-being. Sometimes you’re not ill, but you aren’t well either – and you need help.  If you’re feeling down about work or a problem in your life and…

  • Benefits Buzz May 2024

    Benefits Buzz May 2024

    Prescription Drug Report Is Due by June 1, 2024 Group health plans must annually submit detailed information on prescription drug and health care spending to the federal government. This reporting is referred to as the “prescription drug data collection,” or the “RxDC report.” The next RxDC report is due by Saturday, June 1, 2024, covering…

  • Caring for Your Mental Health

    Caring for Your Mental Health

    Overview Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is more than the absence of a mental illness—it’s essential to your overall health and quality of life. Self-care can play a role in maintaining your mental health and help support your treatment and recovery if you have a mental illness. How can I take…

  • Benefits 101: What Is Voluntary Life Insurance?

    Benefits 101: What Is Voluntary Life Insurance?

    Life Insurance at Work: Your Guide to Voluntary Coverage We all juggle life’s different responsibilities, and ensuring our loved ones are financially secure in case of our passing should be a top priority. Life insurance offers a safety net but typically the amount of coverage included as a standard company-paid life insurance policy isn’t enough…

  • Benefits Check-up: 6 Compliance Issues Affecting Your Clients’ Health

    Benefits Check-up: 6 Compliance Issues Affecting Your Clients’ Health

    A health plan is more than a product or service; it’s a relationship. All productive and healthy relationships—especially in the benefits space—rely on trust. When an employer extends trust in a broker or insurance carrier to purchase something as critical as healthcare—for people as critical as their workers and families—we’re obligated to raise all factors…

  • Benefits Buzz April 2024

    Benefits Buzz April 2024

    DOL Releases ERISA Enforcement Results for 2023 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the results of its Employee Benefits Security Administration’s (EBSA) enforcement actions during fiscal year (FY) 2023. The DOL has broad authority to investigate or audit an employee benefit plan’s compliance with ERISA. EBSA handles audits of employee benefit plans for…

  • Health Insurance Basics: Part 3

    Health Insurance Basics: Part 3

    Insurance Costs Consumers typically pay the following types of costs when they have insurance. Premium: The premium is an amount of money a consumer pays for a health insurance plan. The consumer and/or their employer usually make this payment bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. The premium must be paid regardless of how many services, if…

  • Benefits 101: What Is Hospital Indemnity Insurance?

    Benefits 101: What Is Hospital Indemnity Insurance?

    No matter whether it is anticipated or unexpected, a hospital stay is expensive.  According to HealthCare.gov, the average 3-day hospital stay in the United States costs around $30,000.  Health insurance will cover some of the costs if you are admitted to the hospital, but you may have other out-of-pocket costs.  Hospital Indemnity Insurance can help…