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Jun
26
2019 ‘Pay or Play’ Affordability Percentage Set at 9.86%
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Percentage Up from 2018

Under the employer shared responsibility (“pay or play”) provisions of the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers—generally those who had 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees)—may be subject to a penalty if they do not offer affordable coverage that provides minimum value to their full-time employees and their dependents. For plan years beginning in 2019, the Internal Revenue Service has announced that…

May
11
2018 HSA Limit for Family Coverage Changed Again
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On April 26, 2018, the IRS announced that, for 2018, taxpayers with family high deductible health plan (HDHP) coverage may treat $6,900 as the annual contribution limit to their health savings accounts (HSAs).  The IRS has now decided to allow taxpayers with family HDHP coverage to use the original $6,900 limit for HSA contributions for 2018, without facing excess contribution penalties. Employers with HDHPs may want to inform their employees about the HSA contribution limit change for family…

Dec
07
Voluntary benefits support employer focus on employee well-being
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article in BenefitsPro.com

Employers are taking a broader approach to employee wellness and focusing on well-being, which encompasses physical, social, emotional, financial and environmental health, writes Sean McManamy. Voluntary benefits support the trend as employers seek to offer benefits that reduce stress, absenteeism and presenteeism, Dennis Healy writes.

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http://www.benefitspro.com/2015/12/03/3-trends-that-impacted-the-industry-in-2015

Nov
11
Facebook offers social media pointers for business owners
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article in TechRepublic

Facebook recently held an event in Elizabethtown, Ky., as part of a series of events meant to educate small-business owners about how to market their companies on social media. It’s critical to understand your audience, develop interesting content and track your results using Facebook Insights, according to a presentation at the event.

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http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-small-businesses-can-win-on-facebook-tips-from-the-social-media-giant-itself/

Oct
26
HealthCare.gov is adding features for Nov. 1
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article in USA Today

New features are being added to HealthCare.gov before the start of open enrollment next month in an effort to ease the registration process and provide more information about out-of-pocket costs and subsidies. The updates will emphasize which plans’ enrollees could be eligible for financial assistance, pop-up reminders will urge people to enter all needed documentation, and information will be available about plans’ coverage of specific providers and drugs.

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