Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers


ACA Penalties Still Effective

After the failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently confirmed which ACA penalties are still effective.


Important Form Update: Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification. This form must be completed by every employer who hires...

How to Get Employees to Read Your Benefit Communication

In a recent informal survey, we asked some of our customers what’s their biggest frustration about communicating benefits to employees. Their answers revolved around two main issues: 

Claim Analysis: A Prescription for your Health Insurance

When’s the last time your health insurance plan had a check-up? Do you know what your loss ratio is? Are you paying more premiums than you should? If you don’t know the answer to these questions,...


ACA: Business as Usual

In the latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Senate vote on the “skinny repeal” bill has failed. So what does this mean for schools, cities, and counties? The...


Senate Releases Revised Health Care Bill


On Thursday, the Senate released a revised version of their health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The initial bill, released in late June, was projected not...

[REMINDER] PCORI Fees Due July 31 for Self-Insured Schools, Cities and Counties

Schools, cities and counties with self-insured health plans must report and pay their PCORI fees by July 31, 2017.

The Generational Divide: Millennials and Health Insurance

Millennial workers (defined as born 1977-2000) view and use health benefits very differently than their baby boomer (1946-1965) and gen X (1966-1976) colleagues.


Senate Releases Revised Health Care Bill: Better Care Reconciliation Act

As you know, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was introduced March 6, 2017 as the bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. House of Representatives voted on...

What Iowa Benefit Administrators Can Learn from the Aftermath of Wisconsin’s Act 10: The law that ended bargaining rights for public sector employees

Iowa’s House File 291, passed in March 2017, limits public worker’s collective bargaining and negotiating rights. This puts Iowa’s public workers and employers onto a new playing field when it...