PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 16th, 2018
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week we focus on health care and other employee benefits. A survey shows equity compensation plan participants use their plan for many purposes and would like financial wellness help so they can make the most of their benefits. Bob Armour, chief marketing officer (CMO) of Jellyvision, explains why employers may want to help employees deal with other financial priorities before encouraging them to participate in their retirement plan. A survey finds employers don’t think high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) make employees good health care consumers, and a new bill would include chronic disease management in HDHP coverage before having to meet the deductible. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Benefits
Equity Compensation Recipients Seek Financial Wellness Help
Three-quarters of respondents to a Schwab Stock Plan Services survey consider equity compensation part of their long-term financial plan, and most say their equity compensation helps them feel less stressed about their finances and more prepared for retirement.Read more >
Industry Voices
To Prioritize Retirement Saving May Not Be Best for All Workers
Many may need to set up an emergency fund or pay off debt first.Read more >
Benefits
Employers Don’t See HDHPs As Best to Make Employees Health Care Consumers
The majority of respondents to a survey cited other approaches for converting passive patients into active health care consumers.Read more >
Compliance
Bill Aims to Expand HDHP Coverage for Chronic Disease Management
The bill would permit high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) to provide chronic disease prevention and treatment—which some say is critical to reducing health care costs—prior to participants having met their deductible.Read more >
Products
Medicare and Social Security Guides Updated by Manning & Napier
Manning & Napier created a set of reference guides to break down exactly what individuals need to know about the new tax law, Social Security, Medicare, and long-term care going into 2018.Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Reasons Exist to Turn a Cold Shoulder to Company Stock in DC Plans
However, if plan sponsors choose to offer company stock, there are efforts they can take to mitigate a litigation or participant outcomes meltdown.
Extending Financial Wellness Into Retirement

How can employers ensure financial wellness programs create habits that carry into retirement and address employee concerns about the future?

Supreme Court Sides With Plaintiffs in Intel ERISA Challenge Testing 'Actual Knowledge'

Expert attorneys say the ruling is significant for a variety of reasons—not least because it expands the potential liability plan sponsors face in fiduciary breach lawsuits.

Uncertainty Remains After Supreme Court’s Intel Ruling

Sources debate whether electronic delivery of retirement plan disclosures could blunt some of the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Intel vs. Sulyma.

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.

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

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