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[Infographic] Next Steps for 2019 Wellness Program Planning

Written by Julia Goebel | October 7, 2018

Federal court actions have called to question wellness programs which offer incentives for employees to participate in clinical testing or require disclosure of personal health information (PHI). This legislative update is intended to provide resources for guidance on these regulations. 


Build on Existing Admin Programs to Renew and Refocus Your Well-Being Plans

Written by DHS Group | March 15, 2018

Benefitexpress is excited to introduce a new guest blog series, where we feature thought leaders, partners and experts from across the employee benefits industry.


EEOC Heads Back to the Drawing Board

Written by benefitexpress | September 14, 2017

We've written before about the EEOC's limits on wellness programs. For a wellness plan to be considered truly "voluntary", the incentives for participating (and therefore the penalties for not participating) can't be so high that they would compel an unwilling participant to join. To be compliant with the ADA and GINA, plans that require participants to disclose family medical history or undergo a medical screening can't have an incentive that exceeds 30% of their health insurance premium. That is, until now.


2016 Developments in HRA Administration: Reviewing IRS Guidance

Written by benefitexpress | July 1, 2017

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.


Webinar | Wellness Workout: Cardio for Your Compliance Review

Written by benefitexpress | 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.


2018 HSA Contribution & Coverage Limits Announced

Written by benefitexpress | 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).


Webinar | Benefits Strength Test: Flexing the FSA

Written by benefitexpress | 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.


IRS Increases Flexible Spending Limits

Written by benefitexpress | 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.


Webinar | Health Savings Accounts 101

Written by benefitexpress | 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.


5 Non-Taxable Options for Wellness Incentives

Written by benefitexpress | 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.