This quick read explores the differences between tiered provider, tiered hospital, and narrow networks so you have a better understanding of what they are and what they do. Read More.
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Amazon’s recent announcement to acquire Whole Foods grocery chain has little to do with groceries and everything to do with healthcare... Read More.
Congratulations to our Seattle office, nominated for a 2017 Best Workplace Award. Read More.
Join us to gain insight that can help you manage the regulatory maze when employees take a leave of absence. Learn More.
On June 30, 2017, the Washington Legislature passed a paid family and medical leave program (Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave, or WPFML) that will be funded by employer and employee premiums and administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. Learn More.
Telemedicine is a fast growing trend in employee benefits. But, for employers, the compliance nuances can be complicated. Read More.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) includes new developments including a change in creditable coverage. This chart captures those and helps you compare changes... See Comparison
Earlier today the Senate Republicans released their proposed legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)—with the intent to vote on the proposal next week, prior to the July 4 holiday recess. View the alert for a review of the proposal provisions and a comparison of the ACA, the AHCA and the Senate proposal.
How do you achieve a more enlightened plan of cost containment? This infographic provides insights…Find out more
Join Alliant and Asinta to learn insights into Brazilian employee benefits including what’s trending, what to be aware of, and some surprising facts. Learn More
Health Savings Accounts continue to increase in popularity, but compliance can be tricky. This Compliant with Alliant Podcast reviews best practices. Listen Here.
This Compliant with Alliant Podcast tackles one of the most challenging benefits administration issues — benefits eligibility and leaves of absence under the ACA and other laws. Listen Here
If you're confused about wrap documents, you're not alone! Here's a little insight... Read More
Discover how Alliant invested in our people to benefit you...Read More
This infographic reviews the 8 critical steps your wellness program must take to achieve its optimum return on investment … Learn More
With the legalization of marijuana expanding, explore the health benefits versus health concerns… Read More
On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, the legislation proposed to repeal …. Read More
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This infographic on opioid abuse gives you the 5 facts you need to know as an employer. Check it out.
Big, forward-thinking organizations are leading the movement toward more focused, centered … Read More
Here are a few tips to keep handy in case your organization is audited … Read More
As the legalization of marijuana expands, how do employers address … Read More
Listen in to this insightful podcast on last week’s Capitol Hill chaos, the GOP’s decision to pull the AHCA before a vote, and whether repeal and replace efforts are over… Listen here
Today’s talent expects benefits beyond your typical insurance programs. This list helps you determine if a new approach is needed... Read More
Earlier this month, the House proposed and advanced ACA repeal and replace legislation, referred to collectively as the American Health Care Act (AHCA or proposal). As has now been widely reported, CBO provided their estimate noting that the plan reduces the deficit by billions over ten years and could result in millions of people losing coverage. The next step is for proposal to move to the House Budget Committee, after which it will advance to the Rules committee where substantive changes can be made.
Join us for an insightful webinar to learn how you can prepare for repeal and replace… Learn more
This Canadian client began shifting a portion of their manufacturing into the U.S. … Read More
On Monday two House Committees released legislation that would seek to repeal key portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) including both the employer and individual mandates. The legislation also implements a new subsidy system for individuals to purchase coverage in the individual market and makes significant changes to existing Medicaid program.
Want to be at risk for an intense audit, expensive correction, or litigation? These signs indicate your organization may need help … Read More
Advocating for the health and future well-being of young people greatly impacts... Read More
Listen in as our compliance team discusses the draft ACA legislation that was leaked to the media and what it could mean for employers ... Listen here
Late Friday a draft House budget reconciliation bill was leaked to the media. The draft bill is the most comprehensive Republican plan seen to date on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
These top ten things are critical to a successful wellness program … Learn More
Courtney Touw, CEBS, Executive Vice President was named a 2017 Power Broker for his work with … Read More
Employers are often surprised to find that having this benefit is increasingly coveted by millennial applicants…Read More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule intended to implement reforms … Read More
Voters recently approved marijuana legislation that sanctioned recreational and/or medical use … Read More
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled to block the merger. Anthem’s CEO announced it will … Read more
Join our Employee Benefits' Compliance team to hear ACA developments including a discussion on the Senate HELP committee's hearing... Listen here
Employee Benefits compliance changes often. These five compliance issues should be … Read more
As an employer considering a private exchange solution, these four imperative steps… Read more
While repeal and replacement of the ACA no doubt remains a priority, the January 27 deadline has come and gone without… Read More
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In a poll of employees receiving employer-sponsored healthcare benefits, half of employees described making decisions as “very stressful”… Learn more
What Does the ACA Executive Order Mean?
Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump signed a largely symbolic executive order addressing the Affordable Care Act … Read More
The trial challenging Anthem’s $54 billion dollar acquisition of Cigna ended last week. It is now…Read more.
With the New Year upon us, 2017 promises to bring many challenges. What should you expect…Read more
This informative compliance webinar is geared for employers who are interested in what is likely or unlikely to happen and steps to take if Pay or Play is eliminated. Register here.
With an economy in mid-rebound, companies need any edge they can get. Data analytics is proving to be the sharp end of that cutting edge…Read more
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As a company working to improve the health and lives of others, Alliant jumped at the opportunity to give back in response to… Learn more
We are in the midst of a mass migration toward benefits technology. The problem with such a booming business is that each new … Read more
Even those who aren’t living paycheck to paycheck still worry about safeguarding their family’s financial future.
It’s such a significant worry that stress over one’s finances often materializes into physical ailments. Read more...
The fact is, incidental unplanned absences result in the highest net loss of productivity per day. Click here to read more.
As open enrollment begins again this year, employers will struggle with the continuing rise in healthcare benefit costs. In order to maintain profitability, employers will be forced to shift a portion of the cost increases to their employees via reduced coverage, higher premiums, higher copays, and larger deductibles. Learn how Alliant Employee Benefits can help.
The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2016-55 adjusting certain 2017 tax and contribution limits for employer plans. Most significantly, this release increased Health-FSA salary reduction limits from $2,550 to $2,600 for 2017.
ACA Section 1557 requires covered employers to provide notices and ensure that coverage is non-discriminatory.
Every new year brings new requirements for compliance. Discover the top five compliance issues for employee benefits going into 2017.
On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations on a number of issues relating to Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) reporting, including the employer requirement to solicit a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) for covered individuals. In addition to the proposed regulations, the IRS recently issued updated instructions for Forms 1094/1095 to go along with the updated Forms.
Join Kevin Overbey and Chad Schulz, both veterans in the employee benefits industry, as they explore the evolution of the private marketplace landscape. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of what a marketplace is, how they work, recent trends, and solid information that helps you engage in the conversation around private marketplace solutions. Click here to view this insightful webinar (registration required).
On July 8, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations implementing cash-in-lieu rules previously announced in IRS Notice 2015-87. In the proposed regulations IRS confirms that where an employer offers an employee cash-in-lieu of enrolling in the employer’s medical plan, that cash amount must be added to the lowest cost employee-only premium for which the employee is eligible in determining the affordability of the plan. This is the case unless the employer requires proof of other coverage that is not individual market coverage (Exchange or other).
View our latest webinar, "How to Prepare For Increased Audit Activity: ACA, DOL, and HIPAA." Please click 'Register' to view the recorded version of the event.
With the increasing benefit cost-shift to employees, and employee retention and talent acquisition critical in today’s competitive recruiting environment, employees expect benefits outside of traditional insurance programs. Modern benefits packages now take into account employee financial wellness, as well as meet the different generational expectations of your workforce.
On May 16, 2016, the EEOC issued final regulations on Wellness Programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and on Wellness Programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Employers with wellness plans will want to review their current practices in light of these final regulations. Both the ADA and the GINA regulations apply to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.
The deadline to file the new ACA reporting with the IRS is quickly approaching. Paper filing is due to the IRS by May 31, 2016 and electronic filing is due by June 30, 2016. Please review our Alert on this topic and contact your Alliant representative with questions.
San Francisco has passed a parental paid leave law that requires certain employers to pay 45% of gross weekly wages to covered employees also receiving wage replacement through the California Paid Family Leave (PFL) provisions. This Ordinance will have a significant impact on many employers, both in and outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. Read our Alert for a full discussion of the ordinance.
Attend our March compliance webinar to learn more about what you should be watching for in 2016, including the latest ACA guidance on plan designs; what's going on with the Cadillac Tax; who needs to know about the expansion to the PACE Act; and the new era of Pay or Play. Join Alliant compliance experts Kristine Blanco, Esq. and Karen Murray, Esq. as they review these developments and more.
HHS recently released final rules on a number of ACA issues impacting group health plans, including the 2017 cost sharing limits, Exchange notices to employers when employee receives a subsidy, essential health benefits, and Exchange open and special enrollment.
2015 brought employers a number of challenging ACA implementation issues. Refer to our Compliance Insider review for links to a number of in-depth articles providing insights on the complex topics that impact many employers.
Keith Robertson of the Alliant Benefits Seattle office was cited in a Forbes.com article for his work with the City of Kirkland, WA. Robertson helped the city develop the Healthy Kirkland Initiative, a program that achieved a 50% savings on per capita health benefits costs while greatly improving health benefits.