Life & Health Insurance Advisor – Fall 2018

Getting Ahead of the Curve: Planning Now for Social Security Deficiencies

social security cardIf you’re like most people, Social Security will provide 40 percent of your income during retirement. Unfortunately, without changes, the federal government may not have enough money in 16 years to fully fund the program.
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The State of Medicare: 2018 and 2026

torn dollar billMedicare, like the federal government’s Social Security program, is on track to eventually run out of funds to pay the entire amount of claims made.
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Insurance That Goes Beyond Health Benefit Coverage

hospital roomHealth Insurance will not always protect you from financial devastation if you suffer from a critical illness.
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Too Much Blue Light? Filtering Lenses May be the Answer

Do you spend a lot of time working on a computer or looking at your smartphone? If so, are your eyes bothering you? Are you having difficulty sleeping?
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Employee Benefits Report – July 2018

Is Your Company’s Retirement Plan Safe from Hacking?

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Many employees rely heavily on the money they put into their employer-sponsored 401(k) account to pay for their retirement. The last thing they want is for the money to be stolen by cyber thieves.
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Answering Your Employee’s Questions About Enrolling in Medicare

chalkboardWorking past age 65 is no longer uncommon. According to the U.S. Jobs report, almost 19 percent of people 65 or older worked at least part-time in the second quarter of 2017.
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What You Need to Know About Group Life Insurance

umbrellaEmployer sponsored life insurance is the way most Americans receive coverage. There are important decisions to make when offering coverage to employees.
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HSAs — Good for More Than Just Paying Medical Expenses

Your employees can enjoy the benefit of paying their long-term-care insurance premiums tax free — if you offer a Health Savings Account (HSA).
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Employee Benefits Report – June 2018

Could Paid Family Medical Leave Be in Your Company’s Future?

association health plansAlthough the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires some employers to provide unpaid leave to workers for family or medical reasons, several states now mandate employers to provide paid leave.
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ACA Compliance Issues for 2018

2Even though the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in its eighth year, many employers are not especially confident they know how to stay in compliance with the controversial health care reform law.
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What’s The Best Health Care Account for Your Employees?

3Help your employees achieve more control over their health care decisions and expenses by providing them with a savings account for medical expenses.
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New Disability Insurance Regulations Designed to Provide Safeguards for Policy Holders

New regulations will affect employers and plan administrators who offer short-term and long-term disability plans.
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Life & Health Insurance Advisor – Summer 2018

Life Insurance for any Age — Especially During Retirement

benefits gapThere are many reasons why life insurance can make sense in retirement.
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Annuity Sales to Pick-Up in 2018

vision insuranceRule changes in 2017 caused a decline in annuity sales. Still, annuities remain popular with investors for a number of reasons.
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Insurance Terminology 101 — What You Don’t Know Could Cost You

life insuranceHealth insurance protects you from financial ruin should you have a serious health issue and makes it more likely you’ll seek treatment when you’re ill.
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Convert a Roth IRA Once? Yes. Twice? No.

With the passage of the tax reform bill late last year, you can no longer undo Roth IRA conversions.
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Employee Benefits Report – April 2018

Don’t Let a Flu Epidemic Take Your Business Down

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A particularly virulent influenza strain, H3N2, was responsible for a record number of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths this winter.
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Tuition Assistance for a Better Future

2Tuition assistance not only benefits your employees, it helps your company.
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Making a 401(k) Plan a Reality for Your Employees

3A 401(k) retirement plan is one of the most desirable and valuable benefits you can provide your employees. Having an employee retirement plan shows you care about their future and helps employees create a nest egg for a comfortable retirement.
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A Partnership with an Eye To Better Health Care

Three successful American companies decided to see if the status quo of rising health care costs and decreasing patient satisfaction can be improved.
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Employee Benefits Report – March 2018

Stepping into Lower Drug Costs

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Step therapy can save money but some say there can be a downside.
One way to keep your health benefit plan’s overall costs lower is to encourage employees to choose generic drugs whenever possible. The U. S. healthcare system saved $1.68 trillion from 2005 to 2014 by using generic drugs, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
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Ten Reasons to Motivate Employees to Use Their Employee Health Benefit Portal

2It’s not enough to give your employees the right health plan if they don’t understand it. An online employee portal or self-service site can help — if employees are motivated to use it.

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Kicking it Up a Notch — Retirement Contribution Limits Increased

3That’s just one of the many changes to retirement plans for 2018.
This year employees can contribute $500 more to their federally legislated retirement funds. The federal government raised contribution limits to $18,500 for 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the Thrift Savings Plan. The adjustment was made to keep up with the cost of living. Participants age 50 or older, by the end of 2018, may make additional catch-up contributions of $6,000, meaning older savers may defer up to $24,500 into their retirement plan.
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Ways to Proactively Combat Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Do you have employees who are depressed, anxious or addicted to alcohol or drugs? If so, do you know what to do?

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Life & Health Insurance Advisor – Spring 2018

Watch for Health Insurance Premium Increases

benefits gapReinstating the Health Insurance Act and repealing the individual mandate to purchase insurance could both contribute to a rise in premiums.
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Haven’t Saved Enough for Retirement? Here’s a Few Ideas

vision insuranceIf you aren’t on course to save $1 million by the time you retire, you’ll have to get creative. The Motley Fool, a multimedia financial-services company, says that’s the amount of money a couple will need to live comfortably after they retire.
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Life Insurance: When Free isn’t Enough

life insuranceEmployer sponsored life insurance may not meet all your needs.
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How Life Insurance Companies Get to the Truth

Life insurance companies need honest answers to questions about your health to determine appropriate premiums and coverage levels. Some applicants are tempted to leave out or misstate information they don’t see as important — or think will adversely affect their benefits.

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Employee Benefits Report -January 2018

Pharmacogenomics: Better Health and Cost Savings

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Drugs are formulated for normal physiology. Physicians with knowledge of a person’s unique genetic makeup can better determine which drugs will be most effective. Read on for details.
 

Short- or Long-Term? Which Disability Policy is Best for Your Employees?

2Long-term disability coverage offers employees better financial security. Yet most workers choose short-term coverage
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The Benefits of Offering Supplemental Life Insurance

3Supplemental insurance allows employees to customize their coverage to meet their individual needs. Read on for details.
 
 
 

Voluntary Benefits Now Almost Mandatory

>More employers are turning to voluntary benefits as a cost-effective way to help employees protect their financial assets. Employees, too, are looking for more robust benefit packages.

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Employee Benefits Report -December 2017

Changes to 401(k) Plans Under Consideration

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Congress is debating possible changes to the 401(k) retirement plans employers offer their employees. Some of the ideas being discussed by Senators and Representatives would favor employees, some would benefit the federal government. Read on for details.

Vision Insurance Trends to Incorporate in Your Benefit Plans

2Employees increasingly rank vision insurance as one of the most important benefits. Here’s how to get the right plan for your employees:
 
 
 
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Proposed Changes to Group Health Insurance for Small Employers

3The president and congress continue proposing changes to healthcare laws and the country continues to debate what the effects of those proposals will be. Read on for details.
 
 

Getting the Most Out of Disability Benefits

You spend valuable time and money to offering benefits to your employees. So imagine how frustrating it would be for you and your employees if they were unable to enjoy the benefits they deserve.

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Life & Health Insurance Advisor – Winter 2017

Financially Sound Ways to Give to Minors

benefits gapThere are many options for helping a child secure his or her financial future.
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Is Short-Term Medical Insurance a Good Fit for Your Situation?

vision insuranceIf you missed open enrollment or have certain “life events” short-term insurance can keep you covered.
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Take Steps to Improve Your Financial Retirement

life insuranceMost baby boomers have less than half the assets they expect to need in retirement
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Will Your Health Insurance Cover Your Trip Overseas?

The day has come! You’re headed overseas for the trip of your lifetime. But what happens if you get sick on the trip? Really sick?
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Employee Benefits Report – October 2017

The What, Who and How Much of Offering Life Insurance

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As an employer you are in a unique position to offer your employees an easy way to purchase a valuable benefit, costing them less than if they purchased it on their own. Read on for details.
 

Strategies for Making Your Wellness Program Pay Off

2Wellness programs are promoted as win-win. Employers save money on health care benefit costs. Employees improve their health.
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New Ways to Keep Health Care Benefit Costs Down

3After salaries, Health care benefits are an employer’s largest employee-related expense, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) pegged the annual cost in 2016 at $8,669 for each employee. Read on for details.

Group Health Costs Continue to Climb

It could cost you five percent or more to provide your employees with health care benefits in 2018.
After surveying large employers, the National Business Group on Health released a report on plan design costs this summer.

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Employee Benefits Report – September 2017

Could Direct Primary Care Control Your Health Care Benefit Costs?

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Affordable Care Act marketplaces are closing at an alarming rate. Health care benefit costs are soaring. Some Republicans are trying to repeal and replace the current Affordable Care Act and others in Congress just want to make changes before it implodes. Meanwhile, coverage isn’t getting any cheaper, and many Americans are left wondering what options they have for affordable health care coverage. Read on for details.

Opioid Addiction in the Workplace: How to Help Employees

2Opioid addiction is on the rise and is affecting the workplace. The National Safety Council reported that nearly 70 percent of the employers they surveyed said prescription drug abuse has negatively impacted their companies.
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Switching to a High-Deductible Health Plan? Here’s How to Explain the Change

3High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are gaining in popularity as a way for employers to save money and to give employees more say on how their health care dollars are spent. Read on for details.
 
 

Great Reasons to Offer a 529 Savings Plan

A 529 college savings plan is considered one of the best ways for parents to save for their children’s’ higher education. Similar to a 401(k) savings plan or an Individual Retirement Account, contributions to the state-run plan grow tax free. In many states, participants get a tax deduction or credit for their contributions.
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