United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Health Care Reform Compliance Roundup

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change."  ― Heraclitus.

When it comes to health plan compliance, this statement couldn’t be truer. The IRS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are constantly developing, revising and amending regulations related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While overwhelming, it’s still crucial for employers to keep pace with the plethora of changes since the regulations affect many facets of employee benefit planning, compensation, and taxes. It seems these days that benefit management needs to keep up with the law in addition to attracting and retaining employees. 

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Topics: compliance, ACA, UBA, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care reform, PPACA, HR compliance

Leadership is Leading the Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 20, 2013 11:53:00 AM

“Complaining is not a strategy.”-- Jeff Bezos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amazon.com

It’s no secret that the insurance benefits industry is rapidly changing, probably at the fastest rate in its history. United Benefit Advisor’s Chief Executive Officer, Thom Mangan, has been outspoken about the fact that advisors who don’t keep up with the changing benefits industry will quickly get left behind. Mangan is often recognized for his drive to stay one step ahead of the game and was recently honored with the CEO Leadership Award from the Institute of HealthCare Consumerism (IHCC) as a result of his leadership in this area. In this brief interview with the IHCC, he shares his thoughts on the future.

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Topics: health care costs, health insurance, ACA, UBA, employee benefits, health care reform, health care, Thomas Mangan

The Transit Parity Roller Coaster

Posted by: Josie Martinez    Dec 2, 2013 12:51:00 PM

By Josie Martinez, Senior Partner and Legal Counsel 
EBS Capstone, A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: transit benefit parity, UBA, employee benefits, hr consulting, HR compliance, UBA Partner Firms

The New FSA Carryover Rule…Pros and Cons…

Posted by: Josie Martinez    Nov 5, 2013 10:36:00 AM

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Topics: health care costs, UBA Partner Firm, UBA, hr consulting, health care, FSA, Health FSA

How Health Benefits Differ Across the Country

Posted by: Thomas Mangan    Oct 25, 2013 11:31:00 AM

By Thomas Mangan
CEO, United Benefit Advisors 

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Topics: health insurance, health insurance premiums, health plan benchmarking, UBA, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care, Thomas Mangan

What's My State Doing with Exchanges and Medicaid?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 15, 2013 12:16:00 PM

States have two major decisions to make with respect to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – whether they will run the health exchange themselves, and whether they will expand Medicaid to cover most individuals whose income is below 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

Do you know where your state stands, and what your options are? If not, read on…

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Topics: employee communication, health insurance exchanges, ACA, UBA, hr consulting, health care reform, PPACA, Medicaid

COBRA POST-PPACA

Posted by: Linda Rowings    Oct 11, 2013 10:38:00 AM

By Linda Rowings
Chief Compliance Officer
United Benefit Advisors

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Topics: health care costs, health insurance, UBA, employee benefits, health care reform, health care, PPACA, COBRA

Taxing Wellness Incentives

Posted by: Josie Martinez    Oct 8, 2013 2:00:00 PM

By Josie Martinez, Senior Partner and Legal Counsel
EBS Capstone, A UBA Partner Firm 

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Topics: wellness, ACA, employee wellness, wellness incentives, UBA, health care reform, PPACA

The Basics of Premium Subsidies

Posted by: Linda Rowings    Oct 3, 2013 1:48:00 PM

By Linda Rowings
Chief Compliance Officer
United Benefit Advisors

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Topics: health insurance, health insurance exchanges, ACA, health marketplace, UBA, health care reform, PPACA, premium subsidies

I'm Proceeding with Exchange Notices, but How Do I Complete the Form?

Posted by: Mick Constantinou    Oct 1, 2013 3:19:00 PM

By Mick Constantinou, Advisor, Employee Benefits
Connelly, Carlisle, Fields, & Nichols, A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: employee communication, health insurance exchanges, UBA, hr consulting, health care reform, PPACA, HR compliance