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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Ken Zastrow

Ken Zastrow enjoys establishing a strong rapport with his clients. He believes that education is key in helping them understand their benefit plans. Ken has a strong background in both active and post-employment benefit strategies. As Employee Benefits Consultant at National Insurance Services, Ken is responsible for the overall assessment and management of all an employer’s benefit plans including claim reconciliation, policy changes, renewals, and medical and dental analytics. He is also well versed in compliance, benefit integration, and early retiree benefits. Ken is a licensed health and life insurance agent, working with schools, cities, and counties in the Midwest Region.

Recent Articles by Ken Zastrow

Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2024

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Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits which are adjusted for inflation by the IRS each year. Many limits will increase for 2024.

2024 PCORI Fee

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The IRS issuedNotice 2023-70, which increases the fee for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2023, and before October 1, 2024, to $3.22 multiplied by the average number of lives...

ICHRA Use Increasing

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In 2023, U.S. employers’ adoption of individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements (ICHRAs) increased by 64%, according to a HRA Council report. An ICHRA allows employers to...

Guidance Revised for Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program

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As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, Medicare will soon be able to directly negotiate covered prescription drug prices (Part B and Part D). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

HSA and HDHP Limits Increase for 2024

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The IRS recently announced the inflation-adjusted contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) will increase for 2024.

Retirees and Post-retirement Medicare Costs

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An Employee Benefit Research Institute study found that retirees will need to save hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover Medicare costs. These costs include prescription drugs,...

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IRS Electronic Filing Requirement Expanded

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The IRS released a final rule which expands the requirement to file certain information electronically. This includes the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) reporting requirements under...

New Opioid Prescription Guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines to clinicians for prescribing opioids for pain. CDC officials have stated that previous guidance has...

Prescription Drug Reporting

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Part of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act is a new transparency provision. This provision requires employer-sponsored health plans and issuers to provide annual report...

New Medicines Seeing Record-High Prices

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New medicines are being launched with record-high prices this year. The median annual price of 13 new drugs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved to treat chronic conditions...