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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

SECURE 2.0 Guidance Issued

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The IRS issued Notice 2024-2 which gives guidance regarding the “SECURE 2.0” Act. SECURE 2.0 is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 which was signed in December of...

HSAs and Medicare

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A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a powerful tool for employees to save money. It can be used to cover qualified medical expenses such as deductibles, co-pays, dental and vision...

Enhance Employee Engagement and Satisfaction with Financial Wellness Programs

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Employers are starting to recognize that employee well-being is important to achieving long-term success. Financial wellness programs have become a valuable tool for employers to...

COVID-19 National Emergency Ends

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President Biden signed a resolution which ended the COVID-19 national emergency as of April 10, 2023. Both the national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were supposed to...

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,...

Update - IRS releases FAQ Clarifying Integrated HRA Administration

This is an update to our December 2016 blog post (IRS Updates Will Impact School, City and County HRA Plans in 2017) regarding IRS Notice 2015-84 – Dependents seeking reimbursements from an HRA.

IRS Updates Will Impact School, City and County HRA Plans in 2017

There are two changes effective January 1, 2017, for those schools, cities and counties who have an “Integrated” HRA Plan. Integrated HRAs are Health Reimbursement Arrangements tied to health...

Don't Make This Error if Early Retirees Stay on Your Health Plan

Many schools, cities and counties offer early retirees the option to continue on their group health insurance plan. They may also consider using a High Deductible Health Plan with an HSA (Health...

Could a Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Work for Your Organization?

School districts, cities and counties have historically provided some type of employer-paid health insurance benefit for early retirees – those retiring prior to age 65 – as a bridge from early...

How HRAs Affect Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits for Early Retirees

Many school, city and county employers are providing HRAs (Health Reimbursement Arrangements) to their early retirees to help them pay for eligible medical expenses and health insurance premiums...