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Health Plan Survey

Employers are increasingly challenged to find accurate information that will help them evaluate their health plan design, manage rising costs and prepare for the future of health care. Making the right strategic business decisions starts with having all the facts.

Small Businesses Keeping Pace with Health Benefits Offered by Employers Natinwide

Small employers are keeping pace with the average employer offering health benefits, and are doing a better job of containing costs.

UBA Special Report: How Health Savings Accounts Measure Up

Health care costs continue to rise, so employers continue to use cost savings tools like HRAs and HSAs, to provide affordable benefits to their employees.

Annual Survey Finds Enrollment in Consumer-Directed Health Plans Jumps

Among employer-sponsored health insurance plans, consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) continue to increase in popularity even though they are offering less savings than a year ago, according to the 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits.

Health Care Reform

Health care reform is complicated. Our resources help employers stay informed and manage changes in benefits compliance and labor laws.

Court Modifies Order Regarding EEOC Wellness Rules

In January 2018, the EEOC asked the court to reconsider the portion of the court’s order that required the EEOC to issue new proposed rules by August 31, 2018.

2018 IRS Reportin Tip 1 - Reporting Offers of COBRA Coverage

Under the ACA, applicable large employers are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees and report on the health coverage they offer.

Federal Tax Credit for Employer-Provided Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a new federal tax credit for employers that provide paid family and medical leave to their employees.

Compliance Alerts

Compliance alerts are a necessary resource for employee benefit administrators and decision makers looking for organizational security and peace of mind.

COBRA Notices

COBRA requires group health plans to provide notices to covered employees and their families explaining their COBRA rights when certain events occur.

IRS Memo on Fixed Indemnity Health Plan Benefits Tax Treatment

On January 20, 2017, the IRS released a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed indemnity health plans that addresses two questions.

EEOC Issues New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination is discrimination because an individual is, or the individual’s ancestors are, from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a particular national origin group, including Native American tribes.

HR Elements

These articles include the latest news and information on benefits and human resources industry trends.

PTO for When the Wind Blows

This year, much of the United States had some form of major natural disaster—hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornados—and millions of people were either directly affected, or had a family member or close friend who was affected. This life-changing disruption often meant that people couldn’t, or weren’t able to, go to work.

Stop Handing Out Your SSN Like Candy

Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you.

Get Moving… To Live!

The phrase: “If I’m lying, I’m dying” should be changed to: “If I’m sitting, I’m dying” even though it doesn’t rhyme.

White Papers

These white papers reflect the experiences and research conducted by UBA Partner Firms and can help employers better understand the challenges they are facing.

Wellness Programs

September 15, 2016

Wellness programs are defined as initiatives designed to maintain or improve  employee health. Incentive-based employee wellness and chronic disease management programs have been heavily publicized as the “healthy option” to improve employee performance and reduce health care costs before problems arise.

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DOL Audits

May 21, 2015

It’s Not a Matter of “If,” But “When” You Get Audited By the U.S. Department of Labor.  As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to a health plan audit by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Employee Engagement

June 16, 2014

For many employers, this scenario is all too familiar: A company starts a wellness program, or purchases a stellar benefit, in the hopes that they will boost morale, retain top talent and even shrink health insurance costs. Yet the company still ends up with an unhappy and unhealthy workforce that is unproductive and difficult to motivate.

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Webinars

These employer webinar series can help HR departments and company executives maximize their time and make informed choices.

Use Vision to Deliver the Innovation Employees Expect

Learn more about what matters most to employees when it comes to a vision network.

What Employres Need to Know about Account-Based Plans: halth FSAs, HSAs, HRAs, and QSE HRAs

This webinar will provide an overview of account-based plans, including health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), and Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangemen...

What Employers Need to Know about the Proposed Association Health Plan Regulations

This webinar will provide an overview of the Department of Labor’s recently proposed regulations regarding association health plans. The webinar will focus on how the proposed regulations would change the definition of “employer” to allow employer groups or associations to be treated as a sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit plan or group health plan.

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