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Hugh Devlyn

Recent Posts by Hugh Devlyn:

Trump Issues Executive Order on the ACA

On January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But if you think the ACA is gone - think again. No ACA provisions or requirements have been eliminated or delayed as a result of President Trump’s actions. Employers should continue to prepare for future requirements and deadlines to ensure full compliance.

Brace Yourself: Increasing DOL Fines Are Coming

The Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a rather aggressive program to test if companies are complying with the Form 5500 and associated audit report requirements in a timely way. For non-compliant companies a fine of up to $2,063 per day is a reality they soon may face. 

Benefits: To Bundle or Not To Bundle, That is the Question

Traditional health insurance is costly. Each year, you wage war against the annual cost increases that eat away at your business’s bottom line.  And yet, despite your most valiant efforts, the system always wins.

But there is a way to fight back.  Many small and midsize companies have figured out what the big guys have known for decades - you can beat the system. 

Employees Nearing 65? Health Savings Accounts and Medicare Enrollment Rules

HSA accounts follow a new set of rules for employees that enroll in Medicare. If any of your employees are covered by a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), contribute to a HSA, and are looking to enroll in Medicare these rules apply to you. 

Anthem and Aurora Join Forces in Wisconsin

affordable-health-insurance2-resized-600.jpgIn with the old, out with the new. During the 1980s and 1990s many health care systems around the country decided to test their luck in the health insurance business. Most of these organizations did not fully understand the risks and challenges of being in the insurance industry. In the end, most of these health care systems ended up selling their plans to insurance companies or simply shutting them down. As of April 20th, 2016, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Aurora Health Care embark on a new joint venture health insurance company. This tried approach is making a comeback with a modern, employer friendly twist. 

Looming Overtime Expansion for White-Collar Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced in June 2015 a proposed rule that would extend overtime protections to certain white-collar workers. The proposed rule may make millions more employees eligible for overtime pay. 

Employee Wellness Incentive Programs: The Perfect Mix of Carrots and Sticks

HNI Benefits Director

Many employers use lifestyle management and employee wellness incentive programs to influence employee behavior. Their prize is slashed health care costs and increased productivity, thanks to improved employee health.

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