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Sorting Out the Alphabet Soup of Low-Cost Health Benefit Plans

You want to save money on health care benefits and you’ve heard there are some great alternatives to traditional insurance. But which option is right for your company? CDHP or HDHP? And do you need an HSA, HRA or FSA account? Here’s a quick look at what each plan and account... Read more »

HHS Proposes Revisions to ACA Section 1557 Regulations

HHS Proposes Revisions to ACA Section 1557 Regulations At the end of May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to revise regulations previously released under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The HHS goal with the proposed rule is to remove... Read more »

Ways to Make Childcare Costs a Little More Affordable

Childcare can be an employee’s most expensive work-related expense. Fortunately, there is a benefit program you can offer that will at least provide tax relief to employees who use daycare providers. The program is the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP). If you can’t offer a... Read more »

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2019

This alert is of interest to all employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).  Note that the PCORI fee does not apply to most health FSAs. Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires HighRidge Insurance Services

Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of HighRidge Insurance Services (HighRidge), effective May 1, 2019. HighRidge, located in Westlake Village, California, provides employee benefits services to clients throughout the state. With an emphasis in... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires ARMS Insurance Group

DEERFIELD, IL — Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of ARMS Insurance Group (ARMS), effective May 1, 2019. ARMS, a General Agency headquartered in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, has served insurance brokers throughout western Pennsylvania and... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires Shepler & Fear General Agency, Inc.

DEERFIELD, IL — Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Shepler & Fear General Agency (SFGA), effective May 1, 2019. Founded in 2009, SFGA is a premier general agency located in Roseville, California. The firm specializes in large group,... Read more »

Alera Group Acquires Shomer Insurance Agency

Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Shomer Insurance Agency, Inc (Shomer), effective May 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not announced. Located in Los Angeles, California, Shomer offers insurance and risk management programs to clients... Read more »

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Emerging Telehealth Trend

Telehealth/telemedicine is being touted as a great innovation — the ability to talk to a provider any time of the day from home for little or no cost. There are advantages and disadvantages. If you sponsor a health care coverage plan for your employees, you might have considered the... Read more »