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What Your Employees Ask: Can I Change My Plan?

Jan 15, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Alex Hays posted in What Your Employees Ask

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Employees often come to us throughout the year asking if they can change their plan, cancel their insurance, join a plan they aren’t on, etc. Insurance carriers are very strict regarding when you are allowed to enter, exit, or make changes to the group plan. Other than open enrollment (which is different for every company) or when you are first hired, you are only allowed to make changes if you have a qualifying event.

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Retirement Doctor: Inside the Mind of Plan Sponsors

Jan 11, 2019 1:14:54 PM / by Mike Rogers posted in 401(k) plan, 401(k) plan sponsor, 401(k), best practices, ERISA, Audit, Retirement Doctor

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According to the Fidelity Plan Sponsor Attitude Survey, employers are most concerned with ensuring their retirement plan is effectively preparing employees for retirement.

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What Your Employees Ask: How Do I Use My HSA?

Dec 18, 2018 2:00:24 PM / by Alex Hays posted in Front Page Post, What Your Employees Ask

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HSA eligible plans are extremely popular these days. However, not everyone has had experience using an HSA with their benefits. This can be confusing since the plans do function differently from other plans with their ties to a bank account - the HSA itself.

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Retirement Doctor: IRS Contribution and Benefit Limits for 2019

Dec 6, 2018 12:07:00 PM / by Mike Rogers posted in 401(k) plan, 401(k) plan sponsor, IRS, Front Page Post, 401(k), best practices, ERISA, Retirement Doctor

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What Your Employees Ask: How Do I Get the Most out of My HMO?

Nov 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM / by Alex Hays posted in Front Page Post, What Your Employees Ask

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If you have an HMO plan, your healthcare is pretty well structured and costs are very clear up front. However, there are still things that you should know to get the most out of your HMO plan. Even if you are completely healthy, it’s a good idea to know how to take steps to prevent future issues and to make sure that you are ready if an issue were to arise.

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Retirement Doctor: DOL Guidance for Paying   401(k) Fees from Plan Assets

Nov 2, 2018 10:05:59 AM / by Mike Rogers posted in 401(k) plan, 401(k) plan sponsor, 401(k), best practices, ERISA, Audit, Retirement Doctor

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What Your Employees Ask: How Do I Get the Most out of My PPO?

Oct 16, 2018 10:22:03 AM / by Alex Hays posted in What Your Employees Ask

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If you have an PPO plan, your healthcare is fairly open ended and you are able to make decisions about your health care that you wouldn’t be able to make with an HMO. Knowing how to get the most out of your PPO is going to be extremely important if you want to get the best care for the best cost. Even if you are perfectly healthy now, it’s a good idea to know how to take steps to prevent future issues and to make sure that you are ready if an issue were to arise.

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Retirement Doctor: How America Saves 2018

Oct 4, 2018 10:58:54 AM / by Mike Rogers posted in 401(k) plan, 401(k) plan sponsor, Fees, 401(k), best practices, ERISA, Audit

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What Your Employees Ask: What is an HRA, FSA, and HSA?

Sep 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Hays posted in What Your Employees Ask

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Medical insurance helps to reduce the cost of medical care but there are sometimes accounts added to those plans (or offered separately) to assist with the remaining costs. HRAs, FSAs, and HSAs are all accounts that are paired with your health insurance to help give you some additional help with your health expenses. You and/or your company contribute to the account with pre-tax money and when you spend it, it is also tax free. That’s going to help quite a bit if you have an upcoming procedure or if you or your spouse are having a baby. Pre-tax allows you to save a lot of money on expensive procedures, so these accounts are highly encouraged. So what is the difference?

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