Archive: Blog

  • August 8, 2019

    What “Next” Are You Preparing For?

      By Brooke Salazar, PHR, JD, Human Resources Consultant I graduated from law school in May and took the Indiana Bar Exam last week. When I say that I graduated from law school, I mean that for four years I …

  • August 7, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Moving More!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8951″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The human body is designed to move. Yet, many Americans spend at least half their waking time sitting — in cars, on sofas and in front of phones, TVs and computers. Sitting too much is now a recognized …

  • August 6, 2019

    Are You Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

    By Amber Chittenden, VP of Client Engagement While reviewing the results of our 2019 Indiana Employee Benefits Benchmarking Survey, we learned that 74% of Indiana employers are currently offering dental benefits. This is a 4% decrease from our 2018 survey …

  • August 5, 2019

    Affordability Percentages Will Decrease for 2020: Revenue Procedure 2019-29 to index contribution percentages for determining affordability

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8911″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text] OVERVIEW On July 23, 2019, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2019-29 to index the contribution percentages in 2020 for determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning …

  • August 1, 2019

    Study Shows Just 1.3% of Employees Account for 20% of Healthcare Spending

      Just 1.3 percent of people with healthcare coverage from their employers accounted for 20 percent of total health spending in three consecutive years (2015-2017), according to a new report by Kaiser Family Foundation. Because of the year over year …

  • July 31, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Indulge in Time for You

        If life-work balance seems elusive, maybe you’re trying too hard. Tightly scheduling your work week can produce stress — but making room for unplanned leisure helps relieve stress. Below are five “me-time” tips to help: Indulge in what …

  • July 24, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Growing Teens into Healthy Adults!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8678″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Convincing teens to eat well, exercise and get enough sleep is not always easy, especially when parents are competing with junk food advertising and binge-worthy shows that keep kids on the sofa for hours. And there’s still peer …

  • July 18, 2019

    EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: HDHP Benefits Expand to Include Chronic Conditions, Removing Cost Barriers for Many

      The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has released Notice 2019-45 to add care for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive care benefits that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without imposing a …

  • July 17, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Safeguard your Health!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8642″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most of us don’t eagerly look forward to preventive screenings, whether it’s a prostate check, Pap smear or colon exam. Routine screening is usually painless, but often inconvenient. Dealing with health care issues is easier when you choose the …

  • July 12, 2019

    Indiana Employee Benefits Benchmarking: Worthwhile or a Waste of Time?

        Should Indiana employers spend resources on studying national employee benefits benchmarks? Or, in the race to recruit and retain top talent, is it better for employers to benchmark benefits against companies closer to home — those with whom …

  • July 10, 2019

    5 Things Your Employees Need to Know About HSAs

      Health care in the U.S. is becoming increasingly more expensive, and many Americans are ill-prepared to pay for out-of-pocket medical costs. According to 2017 data from the Federal Reserve Board, 40 percent of Americans do not have enough savings …

  • July 10, 2019

    Wellness Wednesday: Exercise Errors to Avoid!

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8610″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The American College of Sports Medicine has labeled exercise the magic pill for improving our physical and mental health. Exercise can help us prevent or reverse several diseases, provided we stick with it. Explore different types and levels …

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