United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Workers can expect to take on more of the burden of health care costs

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 26, 2015 12:11:13 PM

The 2014 UBA Health Plan survey of nearly 10,000 employers finds that employers are shifting more responsibility and cost to workers through increases in out-of-pocket costs and cutbacks in family benefits. 

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Topics: health plan survey, UBA, employers, 2014, Baltimore Sun, survey, Maryland

Harvard Professors Fall Out Of the Ivory Tower with Health Care Hikes

Posted by: Josie Martinez    Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The New York Times recently stirred up a media firestorm when it reported about Harvard University professors who were lambasting the health care increases they were facing this year.

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Topics: UBA, health care, PPACA Affordable Care Act, ivory tower, harvard, Josie Martinez, professors, 2014 Health Plan Survey

Top 10 Blogs of 2014

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

 

We’ve rounded up the most popular UBA blogs of 2014, which have garnered thousands of views.

 

10. UBA Releases 2014 Health Plan Survey Executive Summary.

Recent survey data from the 2014 United Benefit Advisors Health Plan Survey, the nation's largest health plan survey, shows that employers continue to shift a greater share of expenses to employees through out-of-pocket cost increases and reductions in family benefits, as well as delay many effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by utilizing an early renewal strategy. More

 

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Topics: health plan survey, UBA, section 125 plans, PPACA Affordable Care Act, IRS, Self-Funded, HHS, EEOC, blog, Skinny Plans, out-of-pocket limits, top 10

Wellness Programs Feeling the Heat as the EEOC Increases Its Efforts - Part 2, Federal Regulations

Posted by: Jennifer Stanley    Dec 30, 2014 1:00:00 PM

As mentioned in the first posting, wellness programs must be analyzed under a myriad of laws and regulations. This post will discuss generally the wellness program landscape in light of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Nondiscrimination Regulations. This is a 30,000-foot overview of laws and regulations that are in need of microscopic scrutiny when applying them to a wellness program.

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Topics: wellness, UBA, EEOC, Jennifer Kupper, iaCONSULTING, Part 2, Federal Regulations

Determining Minimum Value and Affordability

Posted by: Linda Rowings    Dec 22, 2014 1:00:00 PM

The IRS has released final regulations that address how wellness incentives or penalties, contributions to a health reimbursement arrangement, and employer contributions to a Section 125 plan are applied to determine affordability. While these regulations were issued in connection with the individual shared responsibility requirement (also called the individual mandate), the agencies said that they expect to use the same approach when determining affordability for purposes of eligibility for the premium tax credit and the employer-shared responsibility/play or pay requirements.

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Topics: Linda Rowings, UBA, PPACA, Section 125, Minimum Value, Affordability

Wellness Programs Feeling the Heat as the EEOC Increases Its Efforts - Part 1

Posted by: Jennifer Stanley    Dec 18, 2014 1:00:00 PM

While wellness programs have increased in popularity, according to the 2014 UBA Health Plan Survey, actual wellness program adoption has been in a holding pattern. As one might expect, the highest percentage (58.8%) of plans offering wellness benefits came from employers with 1,000 or more employees and the lowest percentage (8%) of plans offering wellness benefits came from employers with fewer than 25 employees. On average, wellness programs are down slightly by 1.3%. It’s no wonder given all the pending litigation and regulation surrounding these programs, including the fact that the health of an employee population is no longer a rating factor for smaller employers.

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Topics: wellness, health plan survey, UBA, EEOC, Jennifer Kupper, iaCONSULTING, 2014, Part 1

2014 UBA Health Plan Survey Shows Rate Reprieve for Small Employers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 11, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Data in the 2014 UBA Health Plan Survey is based on responses from 9,950 employers sponsoring 16,967 health plans nationwide. Results are applicable to the small to midsize market that makes up a majority of American businesses, as well as to larger employers, providing benchmarking data on a more detailed level than any other survey. To help employers benchmark their health plan costs by organization size, the chart below shows average costs in descending order.

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Topics: health plan survey, UBA, Rate Reprieve, Small Employers

UBA 2014 Health Plan Survey Executive Summary Now Available

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 2, 2014 1:14:00 PM

Since 2005, United Benefit Advisors® (UBA) has surveyed thousands of employers across the nation regarding their health plan offerings, their ongoing plan decisions in the face of significant legislative and marketplace changes, and the impact of these changes on their employees and businesses. The UBA survey represents the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking survey and the most comprehensive source of reliable benchmarking data.

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Topics: UBA, 2014, HPS, Executive Summary

Top Health Care Statistics

Posted by: Peter Freska    Oct 30, 2014 11:01:00 AM

By: Peter Freska, MPH, CEBS, Benefits Advisor
The LBL Group
A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: health plan survey, UBA, health care, Statistics, Peter Freska, Becker's Hospital Review, 100 Healthcare Statistics to Know

Is it Time to Revisit [or Review?] Your PEO Arrangement?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 29, 2014 10:04:00 AM

By Peter Freska, MPH, CEBS
Benefits Advisor, The LBL Group
A United Benefit Advisors Partner Firm

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Topics: UBA, PPACA, retirement, PEO, Professional Employer Group, United Benefit Advisors, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, HRIS