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Paper to Power Player: Discussion Notes for Online Benefits Enrollment

Posted by benefitexpress on August 3, 2017

When met with the challenge of switching your process from paper to online benefits enrollment, a heap of questions and uncertainties accompany the task.

We had a couple benefitexpress experts - as well as an accomplished resource from the broker arm of benefits - meet to discuss how it really works... and how it could save your money, time, and sanity.

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Topics: Webinar

Benefits Snapshot - 8/1

Posted by benefitexpress on August 1, 2017

Paper Enrollments | DOL Survey | HRIS | Non-traditional Benefits | MEWA

Every day on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, we share need-to-know industry information for benefits pros. If you haven't joined the experts who follow us, here are the top stories from around the web:

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Topics: Benefits Snapshot

Puzzling Precedents: Piecing Together MEWAs

Posted by benefitexpress on July 25, 2017

The convenience of a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement comes with additional regulatory burden. It takes a deep understanding of compliance requirements to keep both your employees and your bottom line healthy when it comes to MEWA.

Skip the struggle with complicated legal briefs and sort out your strategy in this one hour seminar.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar

Benefit Snapshot - 7/25

Posted by benefitexpress on July 25, 2017

Every day on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, we share need-to-know industry information for benefits pros. If you haven't joined the experts who follow us, here are the top stories from around the web:

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Topics: Benefits Snapshot

Benefits Snapshot - 7/20

Posted by benefitexpress on July 20, 2017

Every day on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, we share need-to-know industry information for benefits pros. If you haven't joined the experts who follow us, here are the top stories from around the web:

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Topics: Benefits Snapshot

Benefits Snapshot - 7/18

Posted by benefitexpress on July 18, 2017

Every day on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, we share need-to-know industry information for benefits pros. If you haven't joined the experts who follow us, here are the top stories from around the web:

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Wellness, Benefits Snapshot

New Tool Compares ACA Repeal/Replace Proposals

Posted by benefitexpress on July 14, 2017

By now, you've heard of the major ACA repeal proposals: the House's American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Industry news sites have covered the struggle to pass repeal measures. The House passed the AHCA on May 4th, but the bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate. The Senate still lacks the votes to pass their own version, the BCRA, and revised the bill yesterday.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

Vanguard Council: Leading the Way in Industry Development

Posted by Lorraine Holly on July 13, 2017

Lorraine Holly, one of our Sales Executives, spent the past six months as chair of NAHU's Vanguard Council. To celebrate her achievements with the council and our continued commitment to our brokers, we asked her to share her experience.

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Benefits Snapshot - 7/13

Posted by benefitexpress on July 13, 2017

Every day on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, we share need-to-know industry information for benefits pros. If you haven't joined the experts who follow us, here are the top stories from around the web:

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Topics: Benefits Snapshot

3 Benefits of Automating the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Posted by benefitexpress on July 12, 2017

HR pros, if you follow our blog, you may already know the benefits of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. It allows for a credit to employers - up to $9,600 over 1-2 years - for hiring employees who may face barriers to employment. To estimate how much you might receive per employee, we've made a handy calculator. Of course, this blog does not constitute tax advice, so always seek advice of a tax expert. 

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) - outlined by the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration - is a valuable employer incentive. Compliance with the requirements to earn the incentive is a process; however, as with any process - automation makes it easy. Here are a few WOTC requirements that can be improved with automation.

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HIPAA Lockdown: One-Hour Guide to PHI Best Practice

Posted by benefitexpress on July 11, 2017

If your business provides health benefits you handle Protected Health Information. Last year, the HHS stepped up its HIPAA privacy audits, expanding the scope beyond health care providers to any business that handles PHI – that means you.

Here's your one-hour guide to: proper handling of protected information, permitted disclosures of PHI, current EDI standards & compliance strategies, and best practices before & during a HIPAA audit.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, Webinar

Benefits Snapshot - 7/11

Posted by benefitexpress on July 11, 2017

Every day on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, we share need-to-know industry information for benefits pros. If you haven't joined the experts who follow us, here are the top stories from around the web:

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Topics: HIPAA, Wellness, Department of Labor (DOL), Benefits Snapshot

Benefits Snapshot - 7/5

Posted by benefitexpress on July 5, 2017

Every day on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, we share need-to-know industry information for benefits pros. If you haven't joined the experts who follow us, here are the top stories from around the web:

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Health Reimbursement Account, Benefits Snapshot

Expediting Your WOTC Flight Plan

Posted by benefitexpress on June 23, 2017

If your organization is looking into the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) without considering the government's filing process, then it could risk missing out on the credit by filing too late.

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Topics: Infographic

Wellness Workout: Cardio for Your Compliance Review

Posted by benefitexpress on June 20, 2017

In the race for top talent, wellness plans are no longer an option, they are a necessity. Like medical insurance and a 401(k), basic wellness benefits are expected by your prospective employees. Learn how to structure a new plan or reform your existing program to optimize employee engagement and regulatory compliance.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Wellness, Webinar

Bracing for (Regulatory) Impact: Your DOL Audit Checklist

Posted by benefitexpress on June 6, 2017

Shifting regulations and contradicting messages on enforcement have employers questioning whether they need to prepare for a DOL audit and what they should be doing.

Learn about: what to do after receiving a notice, how to prepare for an audit, what auditors are looking for, and best practices during a DOL audit.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Department of Labor (DOL)

benefitexpress Announces New Leaders In Sales, Marketing

Posted by benefitexpress on June 1, 2017


Continues Investment in Products, People with Josh Trent and Julia Goebel

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading provider of employee benefits and human resources technology has appointed two new leaders in sales and marketing to the executive team, continuing their commitment to growth and innovation through outstanding people.

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Topics: Press Release

Fiduciary Rule to Implement June 9

Posted by benefitexpress on May 23, 2017

After court appeals, a 60-day delay, an executive order, and an official investigation, the Fiduciary Rule will be implemented in under three weeks. The rule mandates that all advisers working with retirement plans or providing retirement financial advice act as fiduciaries for their clients. While brokers and insurance agents will be affected the most, this legislation will have implications across the industry.

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[Medi]Caring About Delayed Retirement: A Closer Look at Medicare Strategy

Posted by benefitexpress on May 16, 2017

With questions about millennials dominating our conversations about benefits, it’s easy to forget that the work force is growing from both ends. Baby boomers are delaying retirement while millennials (and even Gen Z) start their careers. As boomers become Medicare eligible, many remain on their employer’s coverage, whether or not that’s the best choice for them.

Get the tools you need to: Navigate paying claims Understand how Medicare interacts with COBRA and other healthcare Lead eligible employees through their options Craft a compliant notification strategy. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: COBRA, Webinar, Medicare

Why Brokers Need HRIS (and Vice-Versa)

Posted by benefitexpress on May 16, 2017

Some things just don’t go together – kittens and nice furniture, children and caffeine – and recently, some technology companies have tried to convince employers that brokers and HRIS belong on that list. Emerging “one stop shop” HR systems have attempted to cast brokers as obsolete, claiming employers only need HRIS technology without support. This idea of an obsolete broker is flat out false.

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2018 HSA Contribution & Coverage Limits Announced

Posted by benefitexpress on May 9, 2017

The IRS has recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-37, which provides the 2018 cost-of-living contribution and coverage adjustments for HSAs, as required under Code Section 223(g).

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Topics: Legislative Update, Health Savings Account

Regulation GPS: Re-routing Health and Welfare Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on May 2, 2017

The new administration is causing major changes in the benefits industry, with a laser focus on what will become of the Affordable Care Act. Confronted with a litany of new legislation, it’s easy to miss something.

Here's the download of the new laws you need to know to keep your benefits compliant and get the legal take on what this means for benefits and HR. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

benefitexpress and Summit HR & Payroll Introduce bCEdge

Posted by benefitexpress on May 2, 2017


A Complete Integration of Payroll and Benefits Administration

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May. 02, 2017) – benefitexpress, the leading provider of employee benefits and human resources technology and services, has announced bCEdge, a new product in partnership with Summit HR & Payroll. bCEdge will provide brokers and employer groups with access to a streamlined solution for applicant tracking, onboarding, human resources, payroll, and benefits.

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Topics: Press Release

Is the Enrollment Meeting Dead?

Posted by benefitexpress on April 24, 2017

enrollment-meeting

Now that over 70% of baby boomers are on Facebook, is the entire workforce becoming digital-first (and only)? With online enrollment tools and communication becoming a must-have, it can be tempting to make enrollment communications available online for employees and skip meetings -- especially when you're unsure if your employees are interested.

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Family Ties: Unknotting Controlled Group Attributions

Posted by benefitexpress on April 18, 2017

Controlled group attributions are a tricky subject for even seasoned HR pros, which can make it tempting to skip over understanding the rules and hope for the best. However, changes in the Affordable Care Act affect controlled groups perhaps more than any other type of business.

This is your one-hour complete guide to the three types of groups, how they interact, and the types of relationships that most affect your compliance strategy. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

Independent Contractor or Employee: Avoiding the Game of Guess Who

Posted by benefitexpress on April 5, 2017

Uber is in the news for a multimillion dollar settlement following a dispute over whether their drivers are employees or independent contractors, and they aren’t the only ones. Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor is one of the costliest mistakes an employer can make.

Sort out which your employees are and learn your options for reclassifying workers in the presentation you literally can’t afford to miss. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar, EEOC, Department of Labor (DOL)

[Infographic]: From Paper to Power Player

Posted by benefitexpress on March 24, 2017

Whether you’re still on paper (or using a system so inefficient that you might as well be on paper), a successful enrollment is the catalyst to a sustainable benefit strategy. Accurate data, ease of use, employee adoption and increased participation – all results of a custom, digital enrollment process.

Here are the dollars and sense to reshape employee benefits for a multigenerational workforce.

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Topics: Infographic

Open Forum: Achieve Compliance Success in 2017

Posted by benefitexpress on March 21, 2017

As you begin next year’s benefits planning, are you sure your plan satisfies all requirements from the IRS, HHS, DOL, and more?

Come prepped with your benefits details in hand and check off:

  • Common errors in ERISA plans
  • Cafeteria plan pitfalls
  • Structuring your FMLA administration
  • Avoiding mishaps with MEWAs
  • Preparing a compliant COBRA strategy

Get the legal answer for your plan questions in this critical webinar. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: COBRA, ERISA, Health Plans, Webinar, FMLA

benefitexpress and USI Partner to Offer Advanced Solutions and Resources - benefitexpress

Posted by benefitexpress on March 9, 2017


Exclusive partnership to provide next-gen
benefit administration solutions

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Mar. 08, 2017) – benefitexpress has announced a forthcoming partnership with USI Insurance Services (“USI”), a nationwide insurance brokerage and consulting firm. After a rigorous evaluation, benefitexpress was selected as a national partner. As part of both organizations’ continued commitment to investing in their clients, the two will partner to provide an adaptive, fresh approach to HR technology combined with superior service to clients.

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Topics: Press Release

Benefits Strength Test: Flexing the FSA

Posted by benefitexpress on March 7, 2017

FSAs can do some heavy lifting for your benefits plan – they allow employees to save pretax dollars for healthcare costs without the price tag of other financial wellness initiatives. However, many HR professionals lack a deep understanding of the compliance requirements to offer and administer a well-rounded program for their employees.

If ACA is repealed, there will be significant implications for FSAs. Devise your strategy to:

  • Accurately catch employee election changes
  • Manage rollover requirements
  • Determine who pays first – HRA vs FSA
  • Understand COBRA’s impact on an FSA

Get coaching on how to prep now for the legislative impact on FSA administration. This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: COBRA, Flexible Spending Account, Health Plans, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

Covert Taxes: Spying Issues in Health & Welfare Benefits

Posted by benefitexpress on February 21, 2017

Avoid a tax season surprise and make sure your benefits are actually beneficial to your employees. It’s time to ensure you’re keeping your plan non-taxable to your employees and tax deductible for you by learning:

  • How to pass the Benefits Test
  • Common pitfalls in nondiscrimination requirements
  • Covered plans beyond basic health and disability insurance
  • The best way to provide tuition assistance to employees

Get your maximum deduction come tax time while maintaining your top-tier benefits with this presentation.


This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Health Plans, Webinar, Welfare

Navigate New Legislation: The Road into 2017

Posted by benefitexpress on February 7, 2017

As new regulations kick in for 2017 and ACA reporting season is coming to a close, review all recent legislative changes. This webinar focuses on what you need to know for your 2017 benefits strategy.

Learn about new legislation from DOL, HHS, IRS, and EEOC. We cover all relevant rulings since our previous webinar and host an interactive Q&A with the audience.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, aca, EEOC, FMLA, DOL

Proving Grounds: Answer the Call with Effective FMLA Administration

Posted by benefitexpress on January 24, 2017

The DOL released a new employer guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act this year, but many employers have unanswered questions. Administrating FMLA is a tricky topic; learn to navigate the regulations with ease.

From major regulatory changes to the day-to-day questions HR and benefit managers have, we cover everything you need to know right now to legally administrate FMLA leave.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, FMLA

Goldilocks and the Three ACA Proposals

Posted by benefitexpress on January 23, 2017

This is a follow-up to our recent webinar, hosted by benefits attorney Larry Grudzien. Watch the replay here.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

Getting the Most Out of Your Dependent Eligibility Audit

Posted by benefitexpress on January 16, 2017

There comes a time in every child's life...when they're no longer eligible for coverage under their parents' insurance plans. With a few exceptions, that time comes at age 26, when your employees' children need to find their own health insurance. That doesn't mean they always move on when they should, though, or that adult children are the only ones incorrectly covered. Divorced and ineligible spouses can inflate your number of participants as well. In fact, if you're not auditing your dependent population, we've found that 3-5% of your participants shouldn't be covered by your insurance (we've even seen up to 15% in some cases).

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Topics: Dependent Audit

Constructing HRA: Blueprints for Solid Administration

Posted by benefitexpress on January 10, 2017

Are you considering using a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to increase employee engagement with your health insurance plan?

Learn the ins and outs of offering a private benefits marketplace for your employees, HRA administration, and the various agencies regulating what can be included in an HRA.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, ERISA, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

Intertwined Guidelines: Untangling Your Enrollment Notice Requirement

Posted by benefitexpress on December 28, 2016

The DOL, PPACA, ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA all have separate guidelines for the ACA marketplace notice for initial and open benefit enrollment. Untangle the requirements for your own notice and learn best practices for including the notice seamlessly in your benefits strategy.

The presentation covers what needs to be in the notice as well as rules for delivering the notice to employees.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, COBRA, Webinar, Medicare, Department of Labor (DOL)

5 Year-End Planning Tips that (actually) Matter

Posted by benefitexpress on December 16, 2016

December is here, which means wrapping up this year's projects while planning the office holiday festivities. When January rolls around, you'll be juggling reporting requirements, generating forms for employees, and implementing your plans for the new year. Instead of having a dozen vague resolutions, initiate these 5 effective goals for smooth sailing into 2017.

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2016 ACA (mis)Management: What Everyone's Learned & The Game Plan for 2017

Posted by benefitexpress on December 13, 2016

After our first ACA reporting season, it’s time to regroup and review what we’ve learned for 2016. The IRS is limiting extensions and good faith efforts, raising penalties, and strictly limiting transitional relief.

With higher stakes, we review the changes to ACA reporting for 2016 and common ACA management issues. We also answer questions regarding the ACA employer mandate.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar, Retirement, Welfare

Last-Minute Overtime: What You Need to Know Right Now

Posted by benefitexpress on November 29, 2016

Improperly classifying your employees can lead to millions in back wages and penalties. However, a properly handled transition can keep you in compliance as well as strengthen employee loyalty and engagement.

Training focuses on:

  • Key elements of the new rules; including new minimum salaries and back wages
  • Classification of salaried and hourly employees
  • Transition and Compliance Strategies
  • Employee communication before December 1
  • The impact on employee benefits
  • Employee communication

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Overtime, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Department of Labor (DOL)

[Infographic]: Millennial Benefits by the Numbers

Posted by benefitexpress on November 11, 2016

Check out these insightful stats that will help explain the benefit buying behavior of one of the largest populations in today's workforce.

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Health Care in 2016

Posted by benefitexpress on November 8, 2016

Review all of the recent releases from government agencies. including: the DOL, HHS, IRS and EEOC.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, EEOC

benefitexpress Completes Strategic Integration After Acquisition

Posted by benefitexpress on November 3, 2016


With the release of a newly-minted corporate website and expanded Executive Leadership Team, benefitexpress is poised for success in the benefits technology space.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Nov. 3, 2016) – On the heels of the August acquisition of benefitsCONNECT, benefitexpress announced the launch of its new brand and corporate website, as well as the appointment of key members to its Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Both announcements are the result of strategic planning over the past few months to integrate the two companies and accelerate growth.

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Topics: Press Release

[Infographic]: 2017 Indexed Figures for Qualified Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on October 28, 2016

Included in this infographic are the 2017 indexed figures for retirement limits, flexible benefit related limits, and transportation benefits.

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Topics: Key Limits, Infographic

IRS Increases Flexible Spending Limits

Posted by benefitexpress on October 26, 2016

The IRS has just announced an increase in the limits for Flex Spending Accounts among other key benefit limitations. The limit on employee contributions to employer-sponsored FSAs has increased to $2,600 per year for 2017. This is a $50 increase over last year’s limit of $2,550.

Many other voluntary benefit limits were also increased in the announcements. This year, the Long Term Care Insurance deductible increased faster than the national inflation rate. The new limits are:

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Topics: Legislative Update, Flexible Spending Account

Health Savings Accounts 101

Posted by benefitexpress on October 25, 2016

Review the requirements for offering HSAs. This will include what coverages must be offered, documentation to be completed, what rules the employer and employee must follow (including HSA employer contribution rules), and commonly made mistakes.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Health Savings Account, Webinar

"It's Complicated" - Medicare and COBRA

Posted by benefitexpress on October 19, 2016

Medicare eligibility can extend, shorten, or not affect COBRA coverage, and puzzling out which case applies is complicated. Acting incorrectly is costly to participants, and while you are no longer covering their premium, the administrative fees add up.

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Topics: Medicare

ERISA 201: Advanced ERISA Compliance Review

Posted by benefitexpress on October 11, 2016

Review all of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Training will go over which employers have to comply, which benefits are subject to ERISA, what documentation employers must provide, and penalties for noncompliance.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

Legislative Update: IRS Releases Final ACA Reporting Forms for 2016

Posted by benefitexpress on October 7, 2016

While HR and benefit administration professionals are preparing for open enrollment, IRS reporting is just around the corner. We know it feels like you just finished filing for 2015, so we’re here to help. If you’re a benefitexpress client, you won’t have to worry about filing – we rocked reporting last year. With the acquisition of benefitsCONNECT, we’re offering even more services this year.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Affordable Care Act

Informing Medicare-Eligible Participants of Creditable Coverage

Posted by benefitexpress on October 5, 2016

The deadline to provide creditable coverage notices to your employees is fast approaching. By October 15th, you must let all Medicare-eligible plan participants whether your employer health plan is considered creditable or non-creditable. If you do not provide creditable coverage and your employee decides not to enroll in Medicare Part D, they could be subject to a fee if (and when) they leave your plan and enroll. Your plan provider will be able to tell you if you have creditable coverage, and an easily adaptable notice template is available here.

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Topics: Medicare

benefitexpress and Optum to Bring Comprehensive Benefits Administration to Market

Posted by benefitexpress on October 3, 2016


Integrated approach to benefits administration streamlines access for employers and employees

Companies will showcase solutions at HR Technology Conference in Chicago, Oct. 4-7

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2016) – benefitexpress and Optum today announced a new integrated approach for employers to help employees better understand and manage their benefits and health care services.

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Topics: Press Release

The ‘Medicare Talk’

Posted by benefitexpress on October 3, 2016

Gracefully handling the most delicate conversation since the birds and the bees.

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Topics: Medicare

benefitexpress to Unveil Major Enhancements at HR Technology Conference

Posted by benefitexpress on September 26, 2016

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services has announced their presence at the HR Technology Conference in Chicago, IL from October 4-7. At booth 1054, they will reveal major enhancements following their acquisition of Sacramento-based benefitsCONNECT this summer.

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Topics: Press Release, HR Tech

Medicare Rule Review: Overview of Secondary Payers

Posted by benefitexpress on September 13, 2016

Learn how the Medicare Secondary Payer Rules impact an employer’s health and welfare plans. This covers which employers are subject, what employers can do to comply, and the penalties that can be imposed for noncompliance.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Medicare

HIPAA Privacy Audit Checklist

Posted by benefitexpress on September 9, 2016

Background

Previously, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) only audited doctors and hospitals for HIPAA compliance. In March of 2016; however, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of phase 2 of the audit program - auditing all businesses which handle Protected Health Information (PHI).

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Topics: HIPAA

5 Takeaways from the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018

Posted by benefitexpress on September 8, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released their proposed updates for the 2018 marketplace on August 29th. Their proposal - accompanied by a fact sheet - brings an abundance of suggested updates to the healthcare marketplace. The main points of the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018 include:

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Topics: Legislative Update, Affordable Care Act

Instant Messaging PHI - Where HIPAA Applies

Posted by benefitexpress on September 6, 2016

Many offices now use some kind of intra-office electronic messaging, whether it’s Slack, Skype, or a company-specific program. While a great productivity tool, digitizing Protected Health Information (PHI) adds a whole new challenge regarding data security. 

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Topics: HIPAA, Data

benefitexpress Announces the Appointment of Jocelyn Purtell as Chief Operating Officer

Posted by benefitexpress on September 1, 2016


Accomplished background emphasizes benefitexpress’ commitment to industry leading benefits administration.

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Topics: Press Release

HIPAA Training: Privacy Review and Audit Survival Guide

Posted by benefitexpress on August 30, 2016

With the HHS conducting HIPAA Privacy Audits, review a checklist of requirements an employer must adopt to survive an audit.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, Webinar

NLRB Decision Allows University Students to Unionize

Posted by benefitexpress on August 25, 2016

In a landmark decision on August 23rd, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of recognizing graduate students at private colleges and universities - “who perform services at a university in connection with their studies” - as statutory employees, under section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act. This ruling covered a petition filed by the Graduate Workers of Columbia, a group seeking to represent graduate and undergraduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University. The decision allows students who “perform work, at the direction of the university, for which they are compensated” to unionize.

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Topics: Legislative Update

Securing PHI in a Mobile World

Posted by benefitexpress on August 25, 2016

Having personal devices for every employee can make your business more efficient, mobile, and productive. From a laptop down to an Apple Watch, employers are outfitting their employees with more technology than ever before. That’s a great step for business, but a mobile workforce can cause HIPAA violations without your employees even realizing what they’re doing.

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Topics: HIPAA

5 Non-Taxable Options for Wellness Incentives

Posted by benefitexpress on August 24, 2016

It can be time-consuming to participate in a wellness program. Your employees may have to go to the gym, participate in a health screening, or sit through wellness trainings. While it is designed to help them get healthier, you still need to provide incentives to entice participation. Employees could respond well to a wide variety of special interest-based rewards; though, not all these rewards are doing the participants a favor.

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Topics: Wellness

The 5 Criteria for HIPAA Compliance in Wellness Programs

Posted by benefitexpress on August 23, 2016

We’ve discussed how adding a Health Risk Assessment can further increase the ROI of your wellness program. By using a health screening, you can help your employees target key health risks to address over the course of your wellness plan. However, activities like this make your wellness program a health-contingent wellness program, which means your plan is more regulated than other wellness programs. Health-contingent programs especially must meet 5 criteria to ensure they remain HIPAA compliant.

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Topics: HIPAA, Wellness

Utilizing a Health Risk Assessment in Your Wellness Program

Posted by benefitexpress on August 22, 2016

Besides an increase in employee engagement, the other main goal for wellness programs is to decrease employer healthcare spending. In order to achieve this, many employers require a Health Risk Assessment as a part of their wellness program.

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Topics: HIPAA, Wellness, EEOC, GINA

Starting Your Corporate Wellness Program: Ideas for HR Pros

Posted by benefitexpress on August 16, 2016

This webinar reviews all of the requirements that an employer must follow to offer a valid wellness plan. In addition, it covers the new rules released by the EEOC for wellness programs under ADA and GINA.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Wellness, Webinar, EEOC

EEOC Limits on Wellness Programs

Posted by benefitexpress on August 15, 2016

More and more businesses are starting wellness programs in conjunction with their companies’ benefit offerings. And why wouldn’t they? Corporate wellness programs have been linked to increased engagement, reduced absenteeism, and health spending savings. However, it’s unlikely that your workers will want to do more, well, work just because you ask them to. Incentivizing wellness program participation is essential for success.

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Topics: Wellness

Data: The Post-Breach Checklist

Posted by benefitexpress on August 15, 2016

Despite your best attempts to prepare, you’ve been made aware of a data breach. The nature of this event has you building up some anxiety with the uncertainty of what's to happen next. To get you started, here are some steps you'll need to take:

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Topics: Data

benefitexpress Acquires benefitsCONNECT

Posted by benefitexpress on August 4, 2016


Insurance brokers and employers gain access to benefits administration and enrollment solutions for companies of all sizes

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Topics: Press Release

Dealing with Data Leaks: Creating Your Data Breach Response Plan

Posted by benefitexpress on August 2, 2016

This webinar reviews what steps an employer must take after their IT systems are breached: both state and federal rules regarding employer data breach responses.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Data

6 Tips to Keep Employee Data Secure

Posted by benefitexpress on August 2, 2016

Password sharing seems to be everywhere in the news recently, from office data leaks to speculating if Netflix will send us all to jail. The actual case that sparked all this debate is United States v. Nosal. Nosal used a former colleague’s password to access his former employer’s database after leaving his position at an executive search firm. The Court ruled that this was illegal under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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Topics: Data

OSHA, FLSA Penalty Increases; Now Adjusted Annually Based on CPI

Posted by benefitexpress on August 1, 2016

Back in May, the Department of Labor released new guidelines to update the Fair Labor Standards Act. The guidelines updated the minimum salary requirement for the white collar overtime exemption. However, it seems this won’t be the end of changes for FLSA. In November, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 passed. In the act, Congress directed various agencies to update their penalties to adjust for inflation.

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Topics: Legislative Update, OSHA, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The 5 Essentials for Dealing with Corporate Data Leaks

Posted by benefitexpress on August 1, 2016

In an increasingly cloud-based world, our data security needs to be stronger than ever. No matter how rigorous the preparation, 100% protection is not possible (and claiming otherwise will discredit your company). For a company's management of data, there are three fields of thought: those who have been hacked, those who will be hacked, and those who deny the possibility.

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Topics: Data

5 Steps to Respond to a Marketplace Notification

Posted by benefitexpress on July 26, 2016

Determine Your Liability

Under the Affordable Care Act, employees may be eligible for premium tax credits or a cost-sharing reduction depending on the coverage available (or not available) through their employer. If their employer does not offer minimum essential coverage (MEC), then an employee can apply for the aforementioned credits and reductions. Employers that choose not to offer MEC must also consider their liability - as there is a provision regarding the employer shared responsibility to pay these credits and reductions.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

EEOC Raises Notification Penalties

Posted by benefitexpress on July 21, 2016

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, employers are required to post EEOC notices. Employers must notify their employees of relevant legislation, such as nondiscrimination laws. The EEOC even states how these notices must be posted, displayed alongside other employment notices.

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Topics: Legislative Update, EEOC

How to Record Hours for Newly Nonexempt Employees

Posted by benefitexpress on July 19, 2016

So, you understand who is covered under FLSA. You know how you want to handle each employee’s exempt status and have begun to implement changes. You’ve even had the conversation with each employee, explaining how the updates to FLSA are going to affect them. But now, you have to prepare for the aftermath of any policy change: the paperwork.

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Topics: Overtime, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

What You Call Your Employees Matters Less than What They Do

Posted by benefitexpress on July 15, 2016

By this point, you know that the minimum salary for an employee to be considered overtime exempt will be increasing to $47,476 effective December 1. To be overtime exempt, employees must fit 3 criteria. The salary test is the only one that is being updated, but the other two tests bear reviewing, especially as the renewed discussion of overtime exemption makes employees more aware of their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Topics: Overtime

Changes in Overtime Regulations

Posted by benefitexpress on July 12, 2016

This webinar reviews how the changes in FLSA regulations will affect businesses, including which employees are now exempt or nonexempt from overtime pay.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Webinar, Overtime

Congress to Pass Large HSA Expansions

Posted by benefitexpress on July 11, 2016

Last week, in a surprising, bipartisan decision, the House of Representatives passed a notable expansion to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The bills are on their way to the Senate, where they are expected to pass overwhelmingly. This expansion occurred across three separate acts. These acts combined multiple bills from Republicans and Democrats alike, and they have sweeping effects on Health Savings and Health Reimbursement Accounts.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Health Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account

ACA, COBRA, HRA, and Other Webinars Available On Demand From benefitexpress

Posted by benefitexpress on June 30, 2016

benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, recently completed their 2016 Spring/Summer webinar series. The slide presentations are now available on their website.

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Topics: Press Release

2016 Developments in Health & Welfare Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on June 28, 2016

This webinar reviews the most current developments in Health & Welfare plans.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: HIPAA, Affordable Care Act, Health Plans, Wellness, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar, Overtime

After Saving Clients Upwards of $50 million in Potential Federal Penalties, benefitexpress Announces Enhanced ACA Services

Posted by benefitexpress on June 28, 2016

benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, has announced a new expansion to their ACA services. Although some providers approached this year's ACA reporting requirements as a practice run, benefitexpress' immersive approach successfully produced over 200,000 correct 1095-C forms and delivered them by the IRS-mandated deadline.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Press Release

What Makes a Successful Corporate Wellness Program?

Posted by Monica Hinchey on June 23, 2016

As the “talent war race” (a name developed by Tuition.io CEO Brendon McQueen) continues, HR news sites and blogs are being flooded with ideas for attracting and retaining top talent. Every third tweet is about some kind of Silicon Valley perk, each more flashy and expensive than the last.

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Topics: Wellness

EEOC Regulations for Corporate Wellness Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on June 22, 2016


When the EEOC released new regulations regarding wellness programs on May 17th, many employers were confused. The rules were aimed at providing more clear definitions for bringing corporate wellness programs into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title I of the ADA prevents employers from discriminating against individuals due to a disability and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Americans with Disabilities Act, Wellness

Determining Plan Affordability Under the Affordable Care Act | IRS Notice 2015-87

Posted by benefitexpress on June 21, 2016

Our next webinar on June 28th will be going over legislative updates released since our last legislative webinar in December. Many companies are currently prepping for annual enrollment, so it’s the perfect time to review your plans and make sure they are ACA compliant! IRS Notice 2015-87 introduced additional guidelines for determining plan affordability under the Affordable Care Act. Employers have until the end of plan year beginning before December 16, 2015 to make their plans compliant.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Affordable Care Act

FLSA Overtime Regulations, HIPAA Training, and Other Webinars Announced by benefitexpress

Posted by benefitexpress on June 13, 2016

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, has announced a new webinar series that dives into the fundamentals of several key HR and benefits topics for employers including, but not limited to:

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Topics: HIPAA, Press Release, Webinar

How Does ACA Affect Self-Insured Benefits?

Posted by Monica Hinchey on June 13, 2016


Adapted from this webinar, given by Larry Grudzien, Attorney at Law.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

The Pros and Cons of Self-Insured vs. Fully Insured

Posted by benefitexpress on June 7, 2016

This webinar reviews which factors an employer should consider in self-insuring and full benefits. It discusses the legal, administrative, and employee issues.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: ERISA, Health Plans, Webinar, PPO

[Infographic]: 2017 HSA Limits

Posted by benefitexpress on June 6, 2016

View the key 2017 Health Savings Account (HSA) limits, and compare them to the limits from 2016. The only change was a $50 increase to the Individual Annual HSA Contribution Limit.

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Topics: Health Savings Account, Infographic

3 Factors That Will Make You More Prepared for ACA Reporting in 2017

Posted by Monica Hinchey on June 2, 2016

By now, we're all well aware of the Affordable Care Act's effect on procedures within a company's Human Resources department. Most recently implemented were the two provisions tasked to Applicable Large Employers: Employer Shared Responsibility & Employer Information Reporting.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

3 Ways Dependent Verification Will Save Your Company Significant Money

Posted by Monica Hinchey on May 23, 2016

One of the trickiest aspects employers face in providing healthcare is managing employee and dependent eligibility. Surprised?

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Topics: Dependent Audit, Dependent Verification

Mid-Year Election Changes Under Cafeteria Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on May 17, 2016

This webinar reviews all of the events that affect employees to change their elections under a cafeteria plan and when/how they apply. All 14 events are discussed.

This webinar is presented by Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, practicing exclusively in the field of employee benefits.

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Topics: Cafeteria Plans, Webinar

benefitexpress Expands Its Leadership Team

Posted by benefitexpress on May 9, 2016

Continuing the commitment to client service, technology investment and growth.

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Topics: Press Release

What Is the Employer Mandate?

Posted by benefitexpress on May 5, 2016

Are you asking yourself, "What is the employer mandate?". Well... we've got you covered! Watch the video below for a review of the ACA employer mandate.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Affordable Care Act

Determining Full Time Status for ACA

Posted by benefitexpress on May 4, 2016

This webinar covers: the rules in how to determine full time status | large employer status | who is full-time to offer coverage | measurement periods | change in status | the effect on reporting.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

2017 HSA Limits Announced

Posted by benefitexpress on April 29, 2016

The IRS has recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-28, which provides the 2017 cost-of-living contribution and coverage adjustments for HSAs, as required under Code Section 223(g). The only HSA limit to increase for 2017 is the single family annual contribution limit.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Health Savings Account

2016 Developments in HRA Administration: Reviewing Recent IRS Guidance

Posted by benefitexpress on April 20, 2016

This webinar reviews: the recent IRS guidance in HRA administration, when HRAs are free standing, what requirements must be met to be integrated, and HRA reimbursed Medicare premiums.

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Topics: Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

[Infographic]: Form 1095-C Series 1 Code Map

Posted by benefitexpress on April 12, 2016

See which Series 1 code applies to a specific employee for Form 1095-C.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Infographic

Issues with COBRA Administration & How to Fix Them

Posted by benefitexpress on April 6, 2016

This webinar reviews the issues and problems with COBRA administration. The discussion includes eligibility payment notice requirement and Medicare.

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Topics: COBRA, Webinar

LLR Partners Invests in SaaS Employee Benefits Administration Platform, benefitexpress

Posted by benefitexpress on March 22, 2016

Industry leader Michael Sternklar named CEO to help drive continued growth

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Topics: Press Release

Administering Health & Welfare Plans: Common Compliance Questions

Posted by benefitexpress on March 15, 2016

This presentation reviews common questions regarding all aspects of administrating welfare plans. The discussion includes topics such as: COBRA | Medicare | Health FSAs | HRAs | ERISA.

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Topics: COBRA, ERISA, Flexible Spending Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar, Medicare

Forms 1094-C and 1095-C Guided Tour

Posted by Monica Hinchey on March 14, 2016

Reporting under the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is a task that snowballs in its complexity the more you try to gain an overall understanding - which is why there has been extensive communication in the HR & insurance industries as it's been a group effort to comprehend the implications caused by the PPACA.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

How to Fill out Form 1095-C

Posted by Monica Hinchey on March 8, 2016

Foreword:

Two things employers need to determine before filling out any ACA forms are:

  1. If the company is an Applicable Large Employer (ALE) Member
  2. If the company is providing self-insured or fully-insured medical coverage
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Topics: Affordable Care Act

Custom Benefit Communication Videos

Posted by benefitexpress on March 7, 2016

When it comes to benefit communication, sometimes there are challenges - forms and documents can be long and may not get your message across, presentations and slideshows can be a struggle to grab your audience's attention, and you can't always sit down with everyone in your company at the same time.

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Topics: Video

Completing ACA Reporting for Employers With Self-Insured Coverage

Posted by benefitexpress on March 2, 2016

This presentation reviews how to complete Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for employers with self-insured coverage, in addition to: What codes to use in lines 14 and 16 of Form 1095-C | What boxes should be checked on line 22 of Form 1094-C | How Form 1094-C has to be completed if your employer is a member of a controlled group | Reporting for COBRA participants, retirees, and other non-employees for self-insured coverage

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

Completing ACA Reporting for Employers with Insured Coverage

Posted by benefitexpress on February 16, 2016

This webinar reviews how to complete Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for employers with insured coverage, in addition to: what codes to use in lines 14 and 16 of Form 1095-C | what boxes should be checked on line 22 of Form 1094-C | how Form 1094-C has to be completed if your employer is a member of a controlled group | reporting for COBRA participants, retirees, and other non-employee issues.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

Getting Ready for 2016 Changes in Health Care Reform

Posted by benefitexpress on January 26, 2016

This webinar covers: compliance with employer mandate | insurance mandates | reporting | excise tax.

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Topics: Webinar, Health Care Reform

Benefits Communication Best Practices

Posted by Monica Hinchey on January 20, 2016

The implementation of technological efficiency is always on the rise - just take the advancement of mobile phones in the last 10 years. This technology has shifted the way that people digest information. Long, in-depth publications have their place, but if there's something that needs to be communicated on a yearly basis - such as benefits - then a one-time campaign will no longer cut it.

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Topics: Communication

Top Tips to Survive Annual Enrollment - Benefits Discussion

Posted by benefitexpress on January 14, 2016

Sit back, relax, and learn about the top tips for surviving annual enrollment including: good communication with your employees | use surveys among your employees to see what worked and what didn't | analyze the benefit options that you offer | take a deep breath | make it fun.

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Topics: Video

Managing 2016 Reporting Regulations

Posted by benefitexpress on January 12, 2016

This webinar covers: information that has to be collected | specific codes to use | pitfalls in completing the forms | changes to the final forms and instructions.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

3 Crucial Benefits Topics You Need to Communicate in January

Posted by Monica Hinchey on January 8, 2016

There's no way around it - communicating is hard. The best way around the once-in-a-while, confusing memo is to implement timely, relevant, and recurring practices to your HR communication plan.

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Topics: Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Wellness, Health Reimbursement Account

benefitexpress Announces New Mobile App, My FSA Express™ Mobile

Posted by benefitexpress on January 7, 2016

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, has released a new mobile app - My FSA ExpressTM Mobile. With the new app, accessing your FSA account on the go just got a whole lot easier.

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Topics: Press Release

ACA Reporting Dates Extended

Posted by benefitexpress on December 28, 2015

On December 28th, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2016-4. This Notice extends the due dates for the 2015 information reporting requirements both furnishing to individuals and filing with the IRS for insurers, self-insuring employers, and certain other providers of minimum essential coverage under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code, and the information reporting requirements for applicable large employers under section 6056 of the Code.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Affordable Care Act

[Infographic]: What Are Transit Benefits?

Posted by benefitexpress on December 23, 2015

This infographic explains what transit benefits are, lists the different types, and explains important 2015 limits.

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Topics: Transit, Infographic

2016 IRS Commuter Benefit Update

Posted by benefitexpress on December 23, 2015

On 12/18/15 the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 into law. Included in this is a provision that establishes parity between the parking and transit portion of the commuter tax benefit. Separate pre-tax limits were imposed on commuter transit versus parking benefits. Effective retroactively to 1/1/2015, these limits will be the same.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Transit

New Developments in Health & Welfare Plans

Posted by benefitexpress on December 15, 2015

This webinar covers the most up to date developments that effect health and welfare.

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Topics: Webinar

benefitexpress Announces New Custom Video Service

Posted by benefitexpress on December 3, 2015

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, is proud to announce the launch of their new custom video service. This new service provides the opportunity for clients to add valuable, exclusive videos that can be placed anywhere on their unique My Benefit ExpressTM (MBE) site.

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Topics: Press Release

Employee vs. Independent Contractor - How to Differentiate and Avoid Penalties?

Posted by benefitexpress on December 2, 2015

This webinar reviews: which factors the IRS uses to determine common law employee status | how does this affect compliance with ACA | what penalties may apply.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Webinar

[Infographic]: How Are You Feeling About Benefits?

Posted by benefitexpress on November 30, 2015

This infographic takes data collected from the 2015 Aflac WorkForces Report showing enrollee feelings towards annual enrollment.

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Topics: Communication, Infographic

4 Instant Remedies for the Annual Enrollment Virus

Posted by Monica Hinchey on November 23, 2015

It's no coincidence that flu season and open enrollment season overlap. Annual enrollment shares some of the same toxic traits as influenza and is equally contagious across the workplace. It doesn't matter how much you prepare - the fact that there's additional work, no matter how much, makes this time of year stressful for human resources everyone.

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Topics: Annual Enrollment

Enroll With Cal Video

Posted by benefitexpress on November 23, 2015

While some employees can breeze through the enrollment process by choosing the same options they qualified for in the previous year, other employees may need more guidance. Enroll with Cal was developed to assist with the stressful decision-making process.

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Topics: Video

benefitexpress Releases Redesigned & Responsive COBRA Site

Posted by benefitexpress on November 18, 2015

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, has announced the launch of their redesigned My COBRA ExpressTM site, www.myonlinecobra.com. The new site presents its helpful information, links, and forms in a clean, modern design.

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Topics: Press Release

Cadillac Tax for Employers 101 - How to Avoid Penalties?

Posted by benefitexpress on November 17, 2015

This webinar covers: what coverages are subject to the tax | how the excise tax is determined | what adjustments will be available in determining the tax | who collects the tax.

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Topics: Cadillac Tax, Affordable Care Act, Webinar

benefitexpress - Never Settle

Posted by benefitexpress on November 10, 2015

benefitexpress doesn't just care about your benefits, we care about you! With other benefits administration companies you have to settle. It's either awesome technology and sub-par service or awesome service and sub-par technology. But there's no settling here. At benefitexpress, you get the whole package!

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Topics: Video

Medicare for Employers 101

Posted by benefitexpress on November 5, 2015

This presentation covers how Medicare affects employer health coverage in: Providing opt out amounts | Paying for Medicare for active employees | Electing COBRA.

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Topics: COBRA, Webinar, Medicare

Key 2016 Plan Limits Announced

Posted by benefitexpress on October 22, 2015


IRS Announces Key Plan Limitations for 2016

This announcement is a summary of the issuance of the 10/15 Social Security Administration rp-15-53 and the 10/21 IRS News Release IR-2015-118. It covers cost of living adjustments applicable to dollar limitations for qualified retirement plans, and other limits for tax year 2016.

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Topics: Legislative Update

Monica Hinchey Talks benefitexpress Services and Upcoming Solutions

Posted by benefitexpress on October 14, 2015

Schaumburg, IL -- benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, recently conducted an interview with SuperbCrew - a tech news site covering innovative technology companies. SuperbCrew recently interviewed Monica Hinchey, the Vice President of Client Relations and Business Alliance Manager for benefitexpress asking about several of benefitexpress' solutions and future plans regarding their system. To read the entire interview you can visit http://www.superbcrew.com/benefitexpress-cloud-based-platform-for-employee-benefits-and-health-exchange-services/.

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Topics: Press Release

HIPAA Privacy for Employers 101

Posted by benefitexpress on October 13, 2015

This webinar reviews: what information must be protected, what policies and procedures need to be in place, what disclosures have to be given to employees, what agreements have to be in place for business associates, and what breach procedures have to be followed.

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Topics: HIPAA, Webinar

ERISA for Employers 101

Posted by benefitexpress on September 30, 2015

This webinar covers a basic review of the requirements under ERISA, including: what is an ERISA benefit, what documentation requirements have to be met, what disclosure requirements have to be met, what reporting requirements need to be met, what is a fiduciary, and what are other requirements.

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

Public Entity Client Case Study

Posted by benefitexpress on September 22, 2015


About Client

The client is a suburban transit system focusing on accessibility and creating a faster network.
Employee Size: Approximately 5,000 employees

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Topics: Case Study

Keeping Up to Date With Wellness Regulations 2015

Posted by benefitexpress on September 8, 2015

Learn about the latest developments in wellness programs. A review of EOCC's legal action against wellness programs will be covered and steps to avoid legal action will be discussed.

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Topics: Wellness, Webinar

Need to Know Issues with Flexible Spending Accounts

Posted by benefitexpress on August 25, 2015

This presentation reviews: Allowable election changes | Carryover requirements | COBRA issues | HRAs and FSAs - how do they interact?

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Topics: COBRA, Flexible Spending Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Webinar

benefitexpress - HR's Best Friend

Posted by benefitexpress on August 21, 2015

You want to make a difference, but sometimes it seems that all you have time to do is answer questions from employees and your boss, along with endless piles of paperwork. Looks like you need a friend. benefitexpress is HR's best friend!

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Topics: Video

Education Client Case Study

Posted by benefitexpress on August 19, 2015


About Client

The client is a private University and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.
Employee Size: Approximately 24,000 employees

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Topics: Case Study

The State of Enrollment 2015: Explaining the Negative Tweets

Posted by Monica Hinchey on August 14, 2015

Let's face it. Enrollment is just another unsought aspect of our professional lives - living on a list populated by towing services, tax season, funerals, and the like. It's no wonder that enrollees become upset year after year and even less a surprise that they look for solace in the realm of HR.

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Topics: Annual Enrollment

Keeping Current on Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

Posted by benefitexpress on August 14, 2015

This presentation reviews: Required forms and policies | Required procedures | Step by step guidelines on how to comply | Notice requirements

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Topics: ERISA, Webinar

HSA vs FSA

Posted by Matt Eilers on August 14, 2015

Confused by Health Saving Accounts (HSA) and Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)? You aren't the only one. At first glance, they appear to be very similar, they both help with healthcare expenses and are tax free, but there are some vast differences between the two such as eligibility, contribution limits, and rollover, among others.

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Topics: Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account

How Can Benefits Administration Help with Wellness? - Benefits Discussion

Posted by benefitexpress on August 13, 2015

Learn how your benefits administrator can aid in the management of your Wellness plan. Also, learn about the important components of Wellness plans and some of the important things to think about when it comes to Wellness.

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Topics: Video

My Benefit Express Tour

Posted by benefitexpress on August 13, 2015

Take a tour of our benefit admin solution, My Benefit ExpressTM. In this video, you'll see the features and functionalities of the system.

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Topics: Video

Factors Affecting the Cost of an Online Benefits Enrollment System

Posted by Monica Hinchey on August 3, 2015

Cost is one of the major factors in selecting an online benefits enrollment system. HR should be able to budget the monthly and annual expense for online enrollment services.

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4 Things You Didn't Think About When Considering an HSA

Posted by Monica Hinchey on July 27, 2015

So you're either looking into opening a health savings account (HSA) or maybe you already have jumped into one... and now are realizing you may not know exactly what you got into. It happens. We get excited about something that has a new, shiny glimmer of being better than what we have and then unknowingly block out some pretty hefty factors of the decision making process.

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Topics: Health Savings Account

[Infographic]: The HSA Money Circuit

Posted by benefitexpress on July 27, 2015

This infographic explains how your money travels through a Health Savings Account (HSA).

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Topics: Health Savings Account, Infographic

My Benefit Express Mobile Video

Posted by benefitexpress on July 27, 2015

Easily view all of your benefit plans with the touch of a button with My Benefit ExpressTM Mobile. You can now instantly view any of your benefit plans or vendor contact information, send a text to receive your FSA balance, watch informational benefits videos, and much more!

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Topics: Video

benefitexpress Releases Redesigned Corporate Site and Updated Branding

Posted by benefitexpress on July 25, 2015

Schaumburg, IL -- Benefit Express Services, LLC, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services, with a focus on flexibility, has announced the launch of their redesigned corporate website, www.benefitexpressonline.com. The site presents benefitexpress' new, clean, and more modern brand and logo.

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Topics: Press Release

2015 Mario Kart Tournament

Posted by benefitexpress on July 21, 2015

See who won the 2015 benefitexpress Mario Kart Tournament!

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Topics: Video

The Best Introduction to Common Health Plans

Posted by Monica Hinchey on July 20, 2015

"What even IS a health plan?"

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Topics: Health Savings Account, Health Plans

The Fundamentals of a Health Savings Account

Posted by Monica Hinchey on July 20, 2015

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a popular option of a Consumer-Driven Health Plan. Created by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/house-bill/1), an HSA is a tax-advantaged savings account that can be used for qualified health expenses.

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Topics: Health Savings Account

Top 10 Annual Enrollment Pitfalls

Posted by Monica Hinchey on July 20, 2015

A list describing the top 10 Annual Enrollment pitfalls you want to avoid.

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Topics: Annual Enrollment, COBRA, Evidence of Insurability, Flexible Spending Account

Healthcare Client Case Study

Posted by benefitexpress on July 9, 2015


About Client

The client is a force in patient care, research, the education of health professionals in a variety of disciplines, and advocacy. benefitexpress' work with the client involved crafting a Total Compensation Statement and an HR / Benefits Informational website for 1,200 employees in the downtown Chicago area.

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Topics: Case Study

ACA Management - Benefits Discussion

Posted by benefitexpress on June 19, 2015

Learn what hurdles employers are facing with management of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: Video

benefitexpress Releases Virtual Benefit Advisor, Enroll with Cal

Posted by benefitexpress on June 10, 2015

Schaumburg, IL -- Benefit Express Services, LLC, a leader in providing benefits administration services for large, medium, and small organizations, has released Enroll with Cal, the enrollment mentor employees have been waiting for. While some employees can breeze through the enrollment process by choosing the same options they qualified for in the previous year, other employees may need more guidance. Enroll with Cal was developed to assist employees with what can be a stressful decision-making process.

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Topics: Press Release

[Infographic]: The Affordable Care Act and the Subsequent IRS Forms

Posted by benefitexpress on June 3, 2015

Learn more about Sections 6055 and 6056, and decipher which forms are necessary for IRS reporting under the Affordable Care Act.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Infographic

benefitexpress Takes on the Challenges of ACA Administration with Ease

Posted by benefitexpress on June 2, 2015

Schaumburg, IL -- Benefit Express Services, LLC, a leader in providing benefits administration for large, medium, and small organizations, has released new Affordable Care Act (ACA) services as part of their suite of Employee Benefit Administration services.

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Topics: Press Release

Fun at Work

Posted by benefitexpress on May 25, 2015

Check out all that benefitexpress' culture and workplace has to offer from food days to Fun Committee events!

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Topics: Video

2016 HSA Contribution & Coverage Limits Announced

Posted by benefitexpress on May 7, 2015

The IRS has just issued Revenue Procedure 2015-30, which provides the 2016 cost-of-living contribution and coverage adjustments for HSAs, as required under Code Section 223(g). The family annual contribution limits and the annual out-of-pocket limits have all been increased for 2016.

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Topics: Legislative Update, Health Savings Account

Benefits and Human Resources Glossary

Posted by benefitexpress on May 7, 2015


General Terms

Fully Insured

When a company pays one price per employee/family per month to have a benefit, they are fully insured. There is no further risk with high claims.

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Topics: Glossary

2015 Super Smash Brothers Tournament

Posted by benefitexpress on April 8, 2015

View footage of the 2015 benefitexpress Super Smash Bros. Tournament!

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Topics: Video

[Infographic]: What Is the Difference Between HMO and PPO?

Posted by benefitexpress on March 30, 2015

Included in this infographic are the basic differences between HMO and PPO health plans. For a more detailed look, watch the video below:

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Topics: HMO, Infographic, PPO

benefitexpress Announces New Mobile App, My Benefit Express™ Mobile

Posted by benefitexpress on March 4, 2015

Schaumburg, IL -- Benefit Express Services, LLC a leader in providing benefits administration for large, medium, and small organizations, has released a new mobile app, My Benefit ExpressTM Mobile. This new app will be available on Apple and Android platforms, in March, through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Topics: Press Release

[Infographic]: Everything You Need to Know About COBRA

Posted by benefitexpress on September 6, 2014

In this infographic you will learn everything about COBRA from what is it to which benefits must be provided in COBRA coverage?

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Topics: COBRA, Infographic

2014 Mario Kart Tournament

Posted by benefitexpress on August 14, 2014

See who won the 2014 benefitexpress Mario Kart Tournament!

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Topics: Video

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