PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 16th, 2018

To have a successful retirement outcome, employees need more than just a retirement plan—retirement planning tools and financial education are also important benefits to provide. Empower Retirement has announced a new offering with that in mind. Equity stock plans can also provide help with retirement and other financial goals. When planning for retirement, it is important to include long-term care considerations. And, regarding health care benefits, studies reveal employer innovations in health care coverage, that high-deductible health plan (HDHP) use is flattening and adoption of self-insured health plans is increasing among small and mid-sized employers. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!

Editor's choice
Products
Fidelity Launches Equity Compensation Planner
The planner is designed to help employees better understand their stock awards and more easily integrate these stock awards into their overall financial plans. Read more >
Data and Research
Long-Term Care Needs Not Included in Future Financial Plans for Many
While 56% of Americans say that saving for long-term care (LTC) is one of their top financial priorities, 73% have not planned for their LTC needs, Northwestern Mutual learned in a survey. Read more >
Benefits
HDHP Use Flattens as New Cost Saving Strategies Increase
Employers are introducing more convenient and high-quality health care options. Read more >
Benefits
Decline in Self-Insured Health Plan Enrollment Masks Growth Among Small Companies
The decrease in self-insured plan enrollment is due to a decrease in self-insurance for large employers. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
(b)lines Ask the Experts – Must Plans Adopt Budget Act New Hardship Withdrawal Rules?
“I am aware from a prior Ask the Experts column that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 made some changes to the hardship distribution rules?
Retirement Industry People Moves

Industry expert replaces BPAS SVP of Fiduciary Services; USI Consulting employs VP of Retirement Services; Cafaro Greenleaf announces addition of investment analyst; and more.

House Committee Contemplates Bill That Would Reduce Employer Health Benefit Costs

Also being considered is legislation for expanding benefits of HSAs.

HSA Amendment Bills Moved to U.S. House

Among the bills approved by the House Ways and Means Committee is one that would qualify significantly more health treatments, services and over-the-counter drugs for HSA spending.

District Court Upholds Use of Segal Blend to Calculate Multiemployer Pension Liability

Commenting on the decision, Segal Consulting says it is “consistent with every other decision handed down in similar cases except for one,” the Southern District of New York Court’s decision in The New York Times Company v. Newspaper and Mail Deliverers’-Publishers’ Pension Fund, which is being appealed.

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

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

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