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Final Rule on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

On August 3, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Labor (collectively, the Departments) published a final rule that amends the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. HHS also released a fact sheet on the final rule.According to the Departments, the final rule will provide consumers with more … Continued

6 Reasons Self-Funded Plans Are Gaining Popularity | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Since the ACA was enacted eight years ago, many employers are re-examining employee benefits in an effort to manage costs, navigate changing regulations, and expand their plan options. Self-funded plans are one way that’s happening.In 2017, the UBA Health Plan survey revealed that self-funded plans have increased by 12.8% in the past year overall, and … Continued

DOL Issues Final Regulations Regarding Association Health Plans | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Frequently Asked Questions About Association Health Plans (AHPs) and issued a final rule that broadens the definition of “employer” and the provisions under which an employer group or association may be treated as an “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit plan and group health plan … Continued

Disability Income Protection is an Employee Benefits Rising Star | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

According to recent studies disability income is a rising star in the employee benefits market. This is due to a variety of factors. Most poignantly insurance company attempts to court and educate employee benefit advisers about the product, historically low national unemployment and financial impact of the recent tax reforms.In discussions with successful financial and … Continued

5 Ways AI Is Revolutionizing Health Care | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

New technologies are poised to fundamentally change the HR industry as we know it. Just as the smartphone revolutionized the way we communicate, artificial intelligence will reshape all areas of HR, from employee onboarding to learning management to developing top talent. And, similar to smartphones, these changes will take place at lightning speed.But what exactly … Continued

Perk Up Your Benefits Packages | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

What people want in their benefits package is changing. Retirement and health care still rank high but soft perks and voluntary benefits factor into satisfaction more than any other benefits, so says “Employees Increasingly Excited About Soft Perks and Company-Culture Benefits,” in Employee Benefit News.When considering a job offer, these types of benefits are top of … Continued

IRS Issues Updated Employers Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued its 2018 Publication 15-B, which informs employers about employment tax treatment of fringe benefits.Updates include:the suspension of qualified bicycle commuting reimbursements from an employee’s income for any tax year after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026;the suspension of the exclusion for qualified moving expense reimbursements from an … Continued

2017 UBA Healthplan Survey | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

It was recently unveiled the latest findings from our 2017 Health Plan Survey. With data on 20,099 health plans sponsored by 11,221 employers, the UBA survey is nearly three times larger than the next two of the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking surveys combined. To learn more, watch this short video below.

IRS Updates Guidance on Play-or-Pay Penalty Assessments | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Beginning in 2015, to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), “large” employers must offer their full-time employees health coverage, or pay one of two employer shared responsibility / play-or-pay penalties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines the penalty each calendar year after employees have filed their federal tax returns.In November 2017, … Continued

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