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Strategic benefits communication: Five key steps to success this open enrollment season | Ohio Benefit Advisors

In previous posts, I have talked about several aspects of strategic benefits communication. Now it’s time to put those strategies into action. As we approach enrollment season, let’s look at five key steps to ensuring this year’s open enrollment is successful for you and your employees. 1. Determine your key objectives What do employees need … Continued

The Risk of Being Uninsured (and the Hidden Bargain in Addressing It Now) | Ohio Benefit Advisors

With all the expenses of everyday living, it’s tempting to think of insurance as just another cost. What’s harder to see is the potential cost of not buying insurance—or what’s known as “self-insuring”—and the hidden bargain of coverage. The Important vs. the Urgent We’ve all experienced it: the tendency to stay focused on putting out … Continued

2018 Amounts for HSAs; Retroactive Medicare Coverage Effect on Contributions | Ohio Benefit Advisors

IRS Releases 2018 Amounts for HSAs The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 that sets the dollar limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018. For calendar year 2018, the annual contribution limit for an individual with self-only coverage under an HDHP is $3,450, and the annual contribution limit for an … Continued

Answers to the Top 4 Questions about Section 105(h) Nondiscrimination Testing | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Under Internal Revenue Code Section 105(h), a self-insured medical reimbursement plan must pass two nondiscrimination tests. Failure to pass either test means that the favorable tax treatment for highly compensated individuals who participate in the plan will be lost. The Section 105(h) rules only affect whether reimbursement (including payments to health care providers) under a … Continued

Well-Being Strategies for a Diverse Workforce, Building Value at an Individual Level | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Your organization has 312 employees, which means you have 312 different needs for well-being support. Well-being strategies should not be a one-size-fits-all approach. Developing a set of flexible and responsive well-being strategies that meet changing individual needs throughout an employee’s tenure is a critical way to both attract and retain talent. A few case studies … Continued

Factor Emerging Trends, Generational Needs Into Wellness Programs | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Your wellness program seems to have it all – biometric screenings, lunch and learns, and weight loss challenges. So, why do you struggle with engagement, or to see any real results? While traditional wellness components are still a large part of plans today, emerging trends, coupled with generational differences, make for challenges when designing an … Continued

Why some companies offer an HRA | Ohio Benefit Advisors

In a world of insurance and acronyms, the term “HRA” is thrown around a lot, but it has a variety of meanings. HRA can mean health reimbursement account, heath reimbursement arrangement, or health risk assessment, and all of those mean something different. I want to be clear that in the following article I am going … Continued

Employee Spotlight – Jenny Howe, CWPM

This month we’re highlighting Account Manager and Wellness Coordinator, Jenny Howe!  We’ve asked Jenny a few fun questions to get to know her a little bit better! How long have you been with the company?  11 years on 4/26/17 What is the favorite aspect of your job?   Interacting with the employers and employee’s. Do you … Continued

Flex Work: Advantages in the New Workforce | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Flex Work.  No doubt you’ve heard this term (or some variation) floating around the last decade or so, but what exactly does it mean? Flexible work can vary by definition depending on who you ask, but one thing is for sure, it’s here to stay and changing the way we view the workforce. According to … Continued

Employee Benefit Trends of 2017 | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Customization of benefits is becoming more popular.  The process of personalizing employee benefits allows for individuals to choose from an array of options, and increases employee satisfaction.      

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