Risk Strategies Company acquires Re-Solutions Intermediaries, LLC, enhances reinsurance brokerage business

National brokerage joins forces with Minneapolis-based firm to round-out its healthcare industry expertise BOSTON, December 7, 2015 – Risk Strategies Company, a privately held, rapidly growing national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, today announced it has augmented its reinsurance and healthcare businesses with the acquisition of Re-Solutions Intermediaries, LLC, a reinsurance specialist focused on assisting healthcare organizations around the world manage risk. Headquartered in Minneapolis and founded by its President, Tony Plampton, Re-Solutions provides analytics, … read more

2015 Best Places to Work in Insurance

Dubraski & Associates was recently named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Insurance for the 6th consecutive year. The awards program was created by Business Insurance in partnership with Best Companies Group. This nationwide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the insurance industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2015 Best Places to Work in Insurance list … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: November 2015

ACA Small Group Market Rule Repealed On Oct. 7, 2015, President Obama signed into law legislation that repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that every state’s small group market be expanded to include businesses with 51-100 employees. Previously, most states defined “small employers” as those with 50 or fewer employees. The President signed the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act following its passage in the House and the Senate, where it earned bipartisan … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: October 2015

Guidelines Finalized for Electronic Reporting Under Sections 6055 and 6056 On Aug. 18, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a finalized test package and guidelines for employers reporting under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056. The new guidelines and test package are intended to help employers and technology companies securely facilitate the electronic transmission of these reports. Employers filing 250 or more returns under Sections 6055 and 6056 are required to electronically report … read more

Risk Strategies Company Announces Transaction With Kelso & Company

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Oct 20, 2015) – Risk Strategies Company (“Risk Strategies” or the “Company”), a national insurance & benefits brokerage and risk management firm headquartered in Boston, and Kelso & Company (“Kelso”), one of the oldest and most established firms in the private equity industry and a leading investor in the insurance sector, today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement whereby Kelso will acquire a majority stake in Risk Strategies from Kohlberg … read more

Valence Health 2015 Further Bronze Sponsor

We are honored to be a 2015 Further Bronze Sponsor for Valence Health! Valence Health’s third annual client and industry conference begins today in Chicago and lasts until October, 2, 2015. For more information, visit Valence Health. read more

NASHCO Annual Conference 2015 Gold Sponsor

Dubraski & Associates is proud to be a Gold level sponsor for NASHCO’s Annual Meeting in Denver, TODAY through Tuesday. Stop by our booth and say hello! To learn more, visit NASHCO.org. read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: September 2015

Final Rule on Religious Exemptions to Contraceptive Coverage On July On July 10, 2015, final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) women’s preventive care coverage requirement were released. The ACA requires non-grandfathered health plans to provide coverage for preventive health services for women, including contraceptives, without imposing cost-sharing requirements. The final rule finalizes an accommodation for eligible nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses that have religious objections to providing contraceptive coverage to female employees. Organizations … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: August 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies in Federal Exchanges On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in King v. Burwell. The case challenged the availability of health insurance Exchange subsidies in every state, including states with federally facilitated Exchanges (FFEs). In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that when Congress drafted the ACA, the intention was for subsidies to be available in all states. According to the Supreme Court, several … read more

Employee Benefits Bulletin: July 2015

Family Plans Must Embed Out-of-pocket Limits in 2016 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered health plans to limit an enrollee’s out-of-pocket costs for essential health benefits each year. This annual limit is often referred to as the “out-of-pocket (OOP) maximum.” Recent agency guidance will require the self-only OOP maximum to be embedded family coverage when the plan’s OOP maximum for family coverage exceeds the ACA’s limits for individual coverage. This requirement will take effect … read more