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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Valerie Ortiz

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Over the past 15+ years, Valerie Ortiz has worn many hats at National Insurance Services. She currently heads up NIS’ Marketing Team where she helps to create and execute employee benefit communications based upon our public sector clients’ needs. Valerie brings order to the chaos and has a zeal for detail and a talent for organization.

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The Proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA): A First Look at ACA Repeal and Replace

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee proposed legislation on March 6, 2017 intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American...

2017 is the Year of Wellness [Infographic]

It’s estimated that over $2.2 trillion dollars each year is spent on chronic diseases, stress, work-related injuries and worker disengagement.1 School, city and county employers are combating...

Stay Informed! Your Guide to 2017 IRS Contribution Limits [Infographic]

National Insurance Services has created this handy reference for school, city and county administrators as a quick resource to the IRS contribution limits for your FSA, HRA, HSA, Retirement plans...

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FAQ for 457(f) Webinar Series – Part 1

National Insurance Services and MidAmerica Administrative & Retirement Solutions recently hosted a webinar (Part 1) which discussed the proposed 457(f) regulations and how they may adversely...

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School Business Managers Share Their Top 5 Concerns

School Business Managers or School Business Officials are finance professionals who lead and manage district resources, making sure those resources are used effectively and efficiently. NIS...

Are Early Retiree Health Benefits Changing in Schools, Cities and Counties?

Before the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), early retirees from schools, cities and counties had few viable alternatives to the group health plan which made staying on the health plan...

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IRS Extends Due Dates for ACA Reporting Under Sections 6055 and 6056

On Monday (Dec. 28th, 2015), the U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Services extended the due dates for the 2015 Forms 1094 and 1095 for two months. Small to medium sized organizations will file...

Four reasons why HRAs may work better for schools, cities and counties than HSAs

Schools, Cities and Counties across the country have found Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to be a better fit than Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for their employees. Here are four reasons...

Why School, City, and County Employers are Moving to Self-Funded Health Insurance Plans

Moving to self-funding is an ACA strategy that many schools and local governmental employers are embracing in order to save money and control costs. When using a self-funded plan, employers assume...

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ACA Expands Small Group Employer Definition

Next year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be changing its definition of small group employer. Currently, an employer with 1-50 employees is considered a small group. As of January 1, 2016, the...