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IRS Releases 2019 Inflation-Adjusted Limits | Ohio Benefits Agents

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its inflation-adjusted limits for various benefits. For example, the maximum contribution limit to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) will be $2,700 in 2019. Also, the maximum reimbursement limit in 2019 for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements will be $5,150 for single coverage and $10,450 for family coverage.Read more … Continued

Tips to Making Your Resolutions Stick in 2019 | Ohio Benefits Agency

Ever wonder why the resolutions you make in January don’t stick around after March? You aren’t alone! Studies show that only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. Only 8%! Why? And how do people achieve their goals set at New Year’s? We’ve broken it down for you so you can identify your goal-breaker … Continued

Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule | OH Benefits Group

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. CMS also released its draft 2020 actuarial value calculator and draft 2020 actuarial value calculator methodology.According to CMS, the proposed rule is intended to reduce fiscal and regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable … Continued

The Big-Picture View of Risk | Ohio Benefits Agents

Many human resources and business leaders think about compliance in black-and-white terms. We simply check the boxes and evaluate compliance efforts using one measure: “Are we doing it right or not?”It’s easy to fall into the trap of failing to see the broader implications of our compliance efforts. We need to go beyond, “What’s the … Continued

Attitude of Gratitude | OH Employee Benefits

Having a grateful heart impacts more than just you! When you express your gratitude to others, it becomes a ripple effect and extends further than you can imagine. Watch this video to learn how to say “thank you” to others!

Managing the Intersection of Workers’ Compensation with Other Leave Regulations | OH Benefits Partners

You’re ready when the call comes in. Your client’s employee was seriously injured on the job. You reassure the client that your team has them covered, and you outline their workers’ compensation policy provisions, administrative claim filing process, and accident site investigation protocols.You check in later in the week. As a result of the accident … Continued

5 Ways to Say Thank You | Ohio Insurance Benefits Firm

Saying “Thank You” doesn’t have to be hard. Read about these 5 easy ways you can show your gratitude to others.

Ask the Experts: Federal Survey of Employer Health Plans | Ohio Benefits Consultants

Question: Our company received a survey from the U.S. Census Bureau asking about the health coverage we offer to employees, how much it costs, etc. Is this an official survey? Do we have to provide the information?Answer: It appears your company has been randomly selected for the federal government’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Here … Continued

7 Ways to Have Self-Control, Even in the Hardest Situations | OH Benefits Advisors

What would change if you had more self-control? Would you meet your fitness goals? De-escalate tense situations? Finally stop procrastinating on work projects? Although it can seem impossible to gain any more discipline than you already have, willpower can be exercised regularly just like your muscles. There are a few ways you can gain control … Continued

Ask the Experts: FMLA Leave and Attendance Incentives | Ohio Employee Benefits

Question: We give year-end bonuses based on attendance, and employees with a certain number of absences are disqualified. If an employee took FMLA leave, can we count those absences against them and withhold the attendance bonus?Answer: Yes, if you apply the rubric used to qualify employees for the bonus consistently across all “equivalent leave status” … Continued

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