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
IRS Announces 2019 HSA Contribution Limits

For an individual with family coverage, the 2019 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit is $7,000, up from the recently reset $6,900 limit for 2018.

4% Rule Not a Reliable Retirement Income Withdrawal Strategy for All People
A retiree’s investment portfolio is a large factor in determining an optimal, safe withdrawal rate in retirement, but longevity, expected spending and whether guaranteed retirement income is available plays a part as well.
Lawsuit Argues MetLife Pension Calculations Use Outdated Mortality Table

A newly filed complaint takes issue with the way MetLife calculates the actuarial equivalence of different types of annuity benefit options available in the firm’s pension plan.

401(k) Plan Sponsors Enhancing Plan Design

The availability of Roth contributions has doubled in the last decade, and more plan sponsors are using a default deferral rate with automatic enrollment that is higher than 3%, a Plan Sponsor Council of America survey found.

Financially Well Employees Buoy the Bottom Line

According to John Hancock data, helping employees reduce their financial worries is well worth employer’s time and attention.

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

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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