Human Resources News & Insights

Good news: Some employers get to start using stand-alone HRAs again

Employers may soon be able to use a key money-saving strategy that was recently taken away from them by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Bill would bring back popular Obamacare workaround: Stand-alone HRAs

Remember that $36K penalty the IRS felt the need to remind everybody it would impose on employers that tried to give employees untaxed funds to purchase healthcare coverage? Well, there’s now hope that some employers won’t have to worry about this after all. 

Passing on health costs to workers without killing morale

When it comes to keeping rising health costs at bay, employers essentially have three choices: change carriers, change coverage or change (i.e., increase) workers’ contributions.

IRS reveals massive $36,500 per employee health reform penalty

Introducing the worst monetary penalty — on a per employee basis — an employer can subject itself to under healthcare reform. 

Gambling? A better way to kick-start wellness

Getting health plan participants to take the first step toward improving their health is often a daunting task for plan sponsors. Standard financial incentives don’t always work. But a new study has found another carrot that may help.

Feds exempt HRAs from reform’s annual limit requirements

The feds just announced health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) are exempt from the annual limit restrictions in the healthcare reform law until Jan. 1, 2014.

4 things to say that’ll boost HRA participation

As you know, completing a health risk assessment (HRA) is one of the best first steps employees can take to start improving their health – not to mention lower your health insurance costs. But there are some common problems.

2 GINA protections companies need now

The new Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) regs have created a slippery slope that can easily lead to inadvertent violations.

Feds clear up 4 tricky points of new FSA, HRA regs

Confused (or have employees that are confused) about the changes the health reform law made to how — and what — drug purchases can be reimbursed through pre-tax health savings plans? Well, help has finally arrived.