PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 17th, 2017

Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week, we’ll turn our attention towards health care features and other significant benefits. In a new survey from Millennial Personal Finance, workers  revealed they would be willing to sacrifice health care benefits, dental care and paid time off (PTO) in exchange for employer help on loan repayments. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has disclosed the health flexible spending account (FSA) limit for 2018—a $50 increase from that of 2017. AEU Holdings LLC, AEU Benefits LLC and Black Wolf Consulting have been barred by the Department of Labor (DOL) from serving as fiduciaries or service providers to individual employer plans participating in the AEU Holdings LLC Employee Benefit Plan, after failing to pay $26 million worth of medical claims. A survey by Segal looks into the cost management strategies most heavily utilized by group health plans in 2017; and DirectPath presents a health care cost feature designed to estimate prices of medical procedures and treatments. All this and more on this week’s edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.

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Data and Research
Workers Will Sacrifice Benefits for Student Loan Repayment Options
One-third would sacrifice retirement benefits.Read more >
IRS Announces 2018 Health FSA Limit
The agency also issued a reminder that a certain amount of flexible spending account assets can be rolled over to the following year.Read more >
Fiduciaries of MEWA Barred for Failing to Pay Medical Claims
Employer and employee contributions to the multiple employer welfare arrangement were found in offshore Bermuda accounts.Read more >
Health Benefit Plan Sponsors Looking at New Ways to Cut Costs
As health plan cost growth continues to outpace wage increases and consumer price inflation, plan sponsors have turned to pharmacy management programs as the main strategy to keep annual increases in the single-digits.Read more >
DirectPath Launches Health Care Cost Estimator
The tool is designed to ensure employees receive the right care while containing costs for themselves and their employers.Read more >
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
DOL Offers Guidance for Locating Missing Participants

Guidance in three parts offers suggested processes for DC plans and DB plans and reveals errors DOL staff should look for.

Trustee Sued Over Retirement Plan Account Fraud

The lawsuit claims the trustee allowed an unauthorized person to take a distribution from a participant’s account and that the trustee is refusing to provide information to help remedy the situation.

Pandemic Puts More Households at Risk in Retirement

The Center for Retirement Research says half of American households are at risk of not being able to live at pre-retirement standards of living in retirement.

Deciding Whether an Annuity Is Right for Your Plan Participants
Plan sponsors should look at participant needs to determine whether annuities would be a fit for their plan and, if so, which types of annuities meet those needs.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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