Summary of the 2015 Employer Health Benefits Annual Survey

In 2015, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) conducted their annual survey to examine employer-sponsored health benefits trends. This document briefly summarizes some of the main takeaways from the 2015 survey and what the information means for employers. Employer-sponsored Coverage Approximately 57 percent of employers offered health benefits to … Continue reading Summary of the 2015 Employer Health Benefits Annual Survey

GRIST at a Glance: Top 10 compliance issues for 2017 health benefit planning

By Mercer’s Barbara McGeoch, Karen Koide, Leslie Anderson, Cheryl Risley Hughes, and Kaye Pestaina   In finalizing 2017 health benefit designs, contribution strategies, vendor terms, and employee communications, employers need to keep pace with the latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other developments impacting health plans. Listed below are the top 10 compliance priorities for … Continue reading GRIST at a Glance: Top 10 compliance issues for 2017 health benefit planning

DOL Increases Civil Money Penalties, Effective August 1

By: Larry Grudzien Attorney-At-Law On June 30, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an interim final regulations to adjust the amounts of civil penalties assessed in its regulations, as required under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 … Continue reading DOL Increases Civil Money Penalties, Effective August 1