21st Century Healthcare: The Risks and Solutions

Wesly Guiteau, Executive Associate of Dubraski & Associates, was recently published in Healthcare Risk Management Review, HRMR 2016/17, ASHRM Special Edition. In the article, Wesly offers solutions for healthcare institutions navigating the new healthcare delivery model. We’ve posted the PDF article to the left, as well as a link to the full publication, below. Read the full publication. read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: June 2016

ACA’s Affordability Contribution Percentage Increases for 2017 On April 12, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidance on the percentages used to determine what is considered “affordable” health coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the affordability of an employer’s plan may be assessed for the employer shared responsibility penalty, the individual mandate and the premium tax credit. The affordability test varies for each provision. For plan years beginning in 2017, the ACA’s … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: May 2016

Supreme Court Hears Contraceptive Coverage Case On March 23, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a group of cases in which religious nonprofits are challenging a government-designed workaround to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that employers cover birth control for their employees. As a result of the oral arguments, the Supreme Court ordered the parties to file supplemental briefs for the Supreme Court to review. The supplemental briefs are … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: April 2016

ACA Litigation May Affect Employers A New York district court will hear the first case on whether employers may reduce their employees’ work hours in order to avoid providing health benefits required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The case is Marin v. Dave & Busters—a class action lawsuit claiming that the restaurant chain, Dave & Busters, violated federal law by intentionally interfering with its employees’ eligibility for health benefits. The ACA requires applicable large … read more

Risk Strategies Company Receives Vertafore Vanguard Award for Innovation, Harnessing Technology to Manage Rapid Growth

Integration of Multiple Acquired Companies’ Operations, Salesforce.com System Draws Plaudits BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Mar 15, 2016) – Risk Strategies Company, a privately held, national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, that has aggressively grown its reach through acquisition in recent years, has been awarded the Vertafore Vanguard Award for Innovation by Vertafore, the largest provider of technology for the independent insurance industry in the United States. The award recognizes the innovative work Risk Strategies has … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: March 2016

Recent Court Rulings Raise Questions about FMLA The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) clearly states that when an employer knows that a worker taking leave qualifies for FMLA, it must designate the worker’s absence as FMLA leave. Despite this requirement, some employers let employees choose whether to designate their leave as FMLA leave. Two recent court cases have highlighted why this approach could cause problems for your company. Both cases—Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms … read more

Business Insurance Q&A With Mike Christian, Risk Strategies Co.

Mike Christian, founder & CEO of our parent company, Risk Strategies Company, recently sat down with Business Insurance Editorial Assistant Joyce Famakinwa to discuss the company’s recent 2015 acquisitions and what lies ahead for the company and for the industry. We’ve posted the transcript below, and you can find the original interview at businessinsurance.com. In the interview he touches on: Recent challenges Risk Strategies Company faced in 2015 The future for the brokerage industry Acquisition plans for Risk Strategies … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: February 2016

ACA Reporting Deadlines Delayed On Dec. 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that deadlines for 2015 Section 6055 and 6056 reporting have been delayed. The new deadlines are as follows: March 31, 2016 – Deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals (previous due date was Feb. 1, 2016) May 31, 2016 – Deadline for filing Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS (previous due date was Feb. 29, 2016) … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: January 2016

ACA Repeal Passes Senate, Veto Expected On Dec. 3, 2015, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—marking the first time that the Senate has passed a bill that would repeal the ACA. Because the vote was taken under the congressional budget reconciliation process, it needed a simple majority vote rather than the normal three-fifths to avoid a filibuster. The President has indicated that he will veto … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: December 2015

ACA’s Automatic Enrollment Requirement Repealed On Nov. 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law, which included a provision repealing the ACA requirement that large companies automatically enroll their employees in group health plans. Under the ACA, certain large employers that offer health coverage would have been required to automatically enroll new employees (and re-enroll current employees) in one of the employer’s health plans, subject to any permissible waiting period. … read more