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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Erik Kass

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Erik Kass has been in your shoes. After working 14 years in Finance and Human Resources for school districts in Wisconsin, Erik was named the 2016 Wisconsin School Business Manager of the Year (WASBO). Now an Employee Benefits Consultant for National Insurance Services (NIS), his extensive knowledge and experience is his greatest asset to his customers. “Because I’ve been there, I have a deep understanding of the relationship between quality employee benefits and the limited resources public entities face.” Erik has a Master’s in Education with an emphasis on School Business Management, is ACA certified and is a licensed Health and Life insurance agent. As an Employee Benefits Consultant, he works with schools, cities and counties in Wisconsin and Illinois. Erik is also a member of WASBO (WI Association of School Business Officials), WASB (WI Association of School Boards), WASDA (WI Association of School District Administrators) and National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).

Recent Articles by Erik Kass

New Proposed Wellness Rules Coming in 2019

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The Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced its plans to issue new proposed rules on permissible wellness incentives under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the end...

Calculating COBRA Premium When You Offer an HRA

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Do you offer your employees a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that integrates with their health plan? If yes, you are required to offer COBRA continuation of coverage for the...


Trump Addresses Employee Benefits at State of the Union Address

President Trump delivered his 2019 State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019. During his speech, he touched upon several issues that could impact the employee benefits industry, including...

How Physician Quality Data Impacts Your Health Plan Costs

Rebecca was a married mother of two who enjoyed bike riding, boating, and spending time with family. Over the course of a few months, she began having migraine headaches and extreme fatigue. Her...

IRS Issues HSA Contribution Change for HDHP Family Coverage

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a reduced contribution limit for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) impacting individuals with family coverage. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed late last...


Wisconsin Public Sector employers will no longer offer domestic partner employee benefits

Due to the legalization of same-sex marriage, Wisconsin has made some big changes regarding domestic partnership in their recently passed 2017-2019 state budget.

Do Your Benefits Complement or Compete with Each Other? The Importance of Benefit Integration

Employee benefit integration is taking a step back and looking at the whole picture. Do you know how all of your benefits work together? Think of your employee benefits package as a house....


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...

The Value of a Strategic Benefit Plan for Schools, Cities and Counties

A competitive employee benefits package is essential for attracting and retaining quality employees, but continuing to offer the same plan year after year is tough with rising health care costs....