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Self-Insured Health Plans: Recent Trends by Firm Size, 1996-2018

Authors: |August 6th, 2019|Human Resources, In The Know, Learning & Development, Strategy|

This paper examines trends in the availability of and enrollment in self-insured health plans among private-sector establishments offering health plans and their covered workers, with a particular focus on 2013 to 2018, so as to assess whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) might have affected these trends and more recent [...]

IRS Announces 2019 HSA and HDHP Limits

Authors: |May 18th, 2018|Benefits, Communications, Compliance, In The Know, Strategy|

The 2019 Health Savings Account (HSA) Contribution Limits have been announced and plan participants will see a slight increase in the amount they can contribute.  The single contribution maximum will increase by $50 to $3,500 and the family maximum will increase by $100 to $7,000. The annual catch-up contribution for workers over age 55 will [...]

Walmart is in Preliminary Talks to Buy Humana

Authors: |March 30th, 2018|Benefits, In The Know, Strategy|

News broke yesterday about talks between Walmart, Inc. and Humana, Inc., which may include the possible acquisition of Humana by Walmart.  If this leads to a deal, it would be the latest in a series of acquisitions in the health care industry including CVS’s announcement to buy Aetna and Cigna’s deal to buy Express Scripts. [...]

The Trend Continues… Cigna Announced Plans to Buy Express Scripts

Authors: |March 12th, 2018|Benefits, In The Know, Strategy|

Cigna announced on March 8th that it plans to buy pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) Express Scripts, in a deal worth $52 billion.  This agreement is the latest of several announced mergers in the health care industry.  Late last year, CVS Health announced a deal to buy Aetna.  Other significant deals in recent history that did [...]

Student Loan Debt Repayment Benefit

Authors: |September 26th, 2017|Benefits, Strategy|

If HR managers had a magic lantern, they would probably wish for a benefits package that all employees would be happy with. Unfortunately, such a package doesn’t exist. Instead, they are tasked with creating a benefits package that caters to employees at different ends of the life stage spectrum. Older employees are working past 65, [...]

Paid Paternity Leave – is it just a trending topic on Facebook?

Authors: |September 5th, 2017|Benefits, Human Resources, Strategy|

In August of this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg again made headlines, announcing his plans to take 2 months of paternity leave when he and his wife welcome their second daughter. This is not the first time that the tech leader has made headlines for his plans to stay home and assist with his newborn [...]

Could your strategy “benefit” from a second opinion?

Authors: |October 26th, 2016|Benefits, Human Resources, Strategy|

When it comes to our personal health, when the stakes are high – e.g., we’re diagnosed with a serious chronic condition or we’re told we need surgery – many of us conduct our own research to become more informed, and even seek a second opinion. We generally take these steps for any of four reasons: [...]