PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 19th, 2019

With all the news about soaring health care costs, one may be surprised to learn that while insurance premiums and prices for common procedures for insured people continue to increase, cash or negotiated self-pay prices for many procedures vary little from year to year. One source contends employers can use strategies already available to lower their health care costs. New regulations about health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), as well as the prior set up of qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs), can help meet the need for low-cost health benefit solutions for small employers. This and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.

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Benefits
Time for Self-Funded Health Plan Sponsors to Revisit Stop-Loss Insurance
As medical and pharmaceutical innovations lead to higher catastrophic health insurance claims, employers with self-funded health plans need to review strategies for tackling risk. Read more >
Benefits
Strategies to Lower Employer Health Benefit Costs Already Exist
Employers can lower their health benefits spend, as well as costs for employees, by moving away from preferred provider organizations (PPOs), utilizing value-based care and using benefits consultants instead of traditional brokers. Read more >
Benefits
HRA Regulations Expected to Have Significant Small Business Impact
Experts expect the two news types of health reimbursement accounts created by a trio of federal agencies will be particularly attractive to small business owners and their employees. Read more >
Benefits
Nonprofits Want More Cost-Effective Alternatives to Group Health Insurance
In the meantime, many are satisfied that qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) meet employees’ needs. Read more >
Compliance
Additional Preventive Care Benefits Permitted for HDHPs
The IRS has issued guidance allowing high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) with health savings accounts (HSAs) to cover specified medications and services used to treat chronic diseases prior to meeting the plan deductible. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Employer Health Benefit Costs to Rise 6.5% in 2020

A focus on managing chronic conditions, and education to improve health care utilization can help employers manage cost increases.

Avoid Pitfalls to Properly Replacing DC Plan Investments

An analysis found monitoring DC plan investment menus and making necessary changes results in better performance, and researchers have followed up with four pitfalls to avoid when making investment changes.

Sidecar Savings Accounts Create Current and Future Financial Security
As corporate America considers its practical and moral obligations to employees, a logical place for it to focus is on helping each one become more financially secure—both now and post-employment.
(b)lines Ask the Experts – Can a 401(a) Plan Account be Rolled Into a 403(b) Plan?
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning 403(b) plans and regulations.
Plan Sponsors Should Address Financial Squeeze Put on Gen X

Struggling with debt and budgeting, Gen Xers are in their prime earning years, they are getting close to retirement and they are taking care of both their children and their parents.

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

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