PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 20th, 2018

Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! The interplay between health care and retirement has always been in place—as plan sponsors work to offer good benefits for both within their budgets. Employers still struggle to offer good health benefits to employees, and as fewer employers offer retiree health care benefits, more concern is moving to planning for health care expenses in retirement. Selections in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend address these issues.

Editor's choice
Data & Research
Study Raises Doubt on Just How Much Is Needed for Health Care Expenses in Retirement
The latest report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute says expectations of catastrophic health care expenses in retirement are likely flawed. Read more >
Products
Maestro Health Offers New Approach for Self-Funded Health Benefits
The new approach consolidates all of the critical components of health care into a single integrated solution designed to reduce complexity and save money, the company says. Read more >
Benefits
QSEHRAs Help Small Employers Offer Health Benefits
Seventy-one percent of small businesses that offered the new qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA) in 2017 had not offered health benefits previously, according to “The QSEHRA: Annual Report,” from PeopleKeep, a provider of benefits for small businesses. Read more >
Data & Research
The Need to Prepare Baby Boomers for Retirement Is Urgent
The Insured Retirement Institute found 42% of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings, and industry sources say longevity and long-term care expenses are often not considered when Baby Boomers plan for retirement. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
AT&T Sued Over Calculation of Early Retirement Benefits

The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.

Congressional Leaders Want SECURE Act Passage in 2019

Based on the conversations industry advocates are having in Washington, none of the leadership in the Senate or the House opposes passage of the SECURE Act.

Social Security Administration Announced COLA for 2020

Employees not only need basic education, but they need to know how to include Social Security in their retirement income strategy.

Survey Reveals Emerging Health Benefit Cost-Saving Measures

Employers are encouraging the use of biosimilars instead of specialty pharmacy products, creating an environment that makes it clear and easy for employees to opt for high-value services, and engaging effective programs to help manage anxiety and stress.

Millennium Trust Helps Small Businesses Select a Retirement Plan

The Retirement Savings Selector Tool for Small Businesses was created to help small businesses identify a retirement savings option that may be a fit for their business by answering a few quick and easy questions.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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