PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 18th, 2017
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week’s newsletter focus is health care and other benefits. A study finds that for small employers, offering health care and other benefits is closely linked to the business’ success. Another study finds many employees would choose a student loan assistance benefit over a retirement plan, but is it feasible for them to participate in both? Also, Morningstar published a study for which it evaluated plans from 10 of the largest health savings account (HSA) providers. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Benefits
Disease Management Important to Controlling Health Benefit Costs
Employers reported certain diseases/conditions have a big impact on health plan costs.Read more >
Data and Research
Offering Benefits a Matter of Economics for Small Businesses
The majority of small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) do not offer health, retirement or other ancillary benefits, Paychex found in a survey of 318 such companies. Paychex found the more revenues a business earned, the more likely it was to offer retirement and health benefits to employees.Read more >
Benefits
Cost-Saving Models for Employers With Self-Insured Health Plans
A consulting firm outlines three alternatives it has recommended to its partner companies in an effort to manage their employees’ health care in a cost-effective manner.Read more >
Benefits
Many Employees Would Choose Student Loan Assistance Over 401(k)
It is feasible, budget-wise, for participants to participate both in a student loan repayment assistance program and a defined contribution (DC) plan, says Balaji “Raj” Rajan, CEO of IonTuition.Read more >
Products
Morningstar Offers Analysis of HSA Providers
Morningstar evaluated the plans through two different lenses: one, as an investment vehicle to save for future medical expenses, the other as a spending vehicle to cover current medical costs.Read more >
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IRS Announces 2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits

The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans is increased from $19,000 to $19,500.

The Odds Are Split for Senate SECURE Act Passage This Year

“Overall, it is an uncertain picture, but the SECURE Act is not dead in the water,” says Bradford Campbell, former EBSA head from 2006 to 2009. “I would say it is a little less than 50-50 that it happens this year.”

Pension Risk Transfer Appetite Is Unabated
They are trying other strategies, but DB plan sponsors are concluding that they and their employees would be better served by shifting risks to life insurers.
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.

Why Americans Need the SECURE Act

The president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Financial makes a case for how passage of the SECURE Act will improve Americans’ retirement security.

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

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