USI Northeast Compliance Webinar – Friday, Feb. 2

Join USI Northeast for a FREE, informational webinar with ERISA Counsel/VP Erika Medina on recent compliance updates. The webinar will focus on: Tax reform; Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Dept. of Labor (DOL) regulatory agenda; Wellness Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) delayed enforcement; New York Paid Family Leave updates; and San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance…

Short-Term Spending Bill Delays Cadillac Plan Tax and Extends CHIP

On January 22, 2018, Congress approved a short-term spending bill (the “Bill”) that will fund the government until February 8, 2018. The Bill was signed into law the same day. During its annual appropriation exercise, Congress provides funding for the agencies and programs it has authorized. Because Congress failed to adopt a regular appropriation bill,…

Could Direct Primary Care Help Control Your Benefit Costs?

A new health care model called direct primary care is being touted as an alternative to traditional health insurance. Combined with supplemental insurance, it’s proving to be an appealing alternative for employers who are looking for reasonably priced plans and great benefits for their employees. Current Insurance Situation Automobile, home and life insurance policies typically…

Senators Unveil New Legislation to Help States Fund Health Care

This afternoon U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and former US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) unveiled health care reform legislation.  The proposal repeals the “structure and architecture” of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and replaces it with an annual block grant to help states fund health care. …

How to Control Rising Drug Costs

Spending on prescription drugs in the United States accounted for nearly 17 percent of total health care spending — with a price tag of $457 billion in 2015. And that’s only going up, unless serious change occurs. The rapidly rising prices of prescription drugs, combined with increasingly higher cost-sharing, has shifted much of the costs…