PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 21st, 2018

At PLANSPONSOR our focus is on helping our readers with design, administration and compliance for their retirement plans; however, we realize that retirement plans compete for plan sponsors’ budget allocations. That’s one reason we sometimes cover health care benefits. In addition, considering health care expenses in retirement is one factor in retirement planning, and health savings accounts (HSAs) have now been suggested as a way to save for those expenses. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend focuses on health care benefits. And, if you want to learn more about HSAs, a good place to start is our HSA Conference in New York City on October 2. Have a great weekend!

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Benefits
Innovative Health Cost Saving Strategies Paying Off for Employers
Mercer projects that health benefit cost per employee will rise by 4.1% on average in 2019, down from 6.5% and 5.3% in previous years. Read more >
Data and Research
Mercer-Vanguard Health Savings Model Urges Personalized Planning
Vanguard has published a report recounting recent analytical work conducted in collaboration with Mercer Health and Benefits, aimed at helping employers better understand their role in supporting the health care needs of late-career workers and retirees. Read more >
Products
Empower Combines HSA and Retirement Plan Reporting
A new interactive interface allows employees to think about retirement and health savings together and visualize the best way to allocate limited assets. Read more >
Products
PayFlex Launches HSA Education Resource
PayFlex has launched new web-based resource center for employers seeking to learn more about health savings accounts (HSAs) and the benefits and drawbacks of account-based health coverage. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.

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.

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 alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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

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