PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 21st, 2017
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! In addition to the most popular articles with readers this week, we focus on health care and other benefits. The American Enterprise Institute looks into whether state-run plans would be good for low-income workers or whether Social Security is enough for them. A survey finds as the stress of looming student debt grows, more employees are looking to work for companies that offer to pay down their student loans. In health care news, we find that state employers are also feeling the pinch of higher health benefit costs, many health savings account (HSA) holders are missing out on investing their assets, and most employers want to keep certain features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Social Security May be Adequate for Low-Income Workers
The American Enterprise Institute questions the benefit of automatically enrolling low-income workers into state-run IRAs. Read more >
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 >
States Take Similar Action to Private Sector in Reducing Health Benefits Costs
A study finds an increase in cost sharing and the offering of consumer-directed health plans. Read more >
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HSA Account Holders Missing Out on Investment Returns
Ninety-six percent of HSA holders invest their money in cash, EBRI finds. Read more >
Most Employers Do Not Want ACA Repealed Entirely
In Employer Pulse Check: The Future of ACA, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans surveyed employers from across the country and found 71% would not like ACA repealed entirely. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Agrees to Settle Stable Value Funds Suit

The firm has agreed to pay $75 million to settle litigation brought by multiple retirement plan participants alleging J.P. Morgan invested its stable value funds in risky assets.

SECURE Act Passes House, Bringing Calls for Senate Collaboration

Reflecting on the much-anticipated House vote, Kevin Walsh, principal with Groom Law Group, said today is an important day for the retirement industry, but it’s not the end of the story.

Individuals, Employers and Government All Play a Part in Retirement Readiness

A new research report and Catherine Collinson, with Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, lay out steps all three can take to improve retirement confidence and readiness in America.

Participant Loans: A Fiduciary Storm Brewing?
Bruce Ashton, with Drinker Biddle & Reath, discusses the fiduciary risk defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors could face when participants default on plan loans.
What to Know About Financial Audits Filed with Form 5500s
Plan sponsors required to file a financial audit along with their Form 5500 should know how regulators use the information and how to pick the best auditor.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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