News Archive

  • 08.18.17

    Immunization and Vaccines

    Vaccines are safe, effective, work with your immune system to prevent disease, and protect individuals and the community. For all ages, vaccines can protect you from chickenpox to yellow fever. Here are some definitions for our discussion: Immunization: The process by which a person or animal becomes protected against a…

  • 08.2.17

    FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs – What’s the difference?

    FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs are fantastic ways for employees and employers to address the cost gap left by traditional health coverage. However, the legal requirements for setting up and using these vehicles are often misunderstood, which can result in significant tax liability for employees and their employer. This is a…

  • 07.17.17

    Mental and Emotional Health

    Mental health, which includes emotional health, continues to be one of the leading causes of absenteeism and presenteeism (or being at work when you are not well). In many cases, the stress from mental and emotional health issues can lead to chronic disease and heart attacks. So, what can we…

  • 07.14.17

    Summer Safety Tips

    Water Safety Whether you’re in the water or on the water, there are safety concerns for both adults and children. Plan now and protect your family before you play in the water. Always supervise children when they are in or near water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.…

  • 07.11.17

    Nontraditional Employee Benefits Offerings Forum

    Please join us on August 1, 2017, for a forum discussing nontraditional employee benefits offerings. We will discuss three work-life balance topics: Employer & Family Childcare Solutions Speaker, Michelle D’Souza, Client Services Director, Bright Horizons 10:00 am – 11:00 am A New Outlook on Financial Wellness Speaker, Jason Rusnak, President,…

  • 07.5.17

    Health FSA Claims Substantiation in Three Steps

    Why Is It Important to Correctly Substantiate FSA Claims? When reimbursing an FSA expense submitted by a participant, the plan administrator must meet the requirements under the Internal Revenue Code. Otherwise, the employer and the employee could lose the tax advantages of the FSA and the entire cafeteria plan that…

  • 06.19.17

    Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Your brain changes as you age. But your brain’s job never changes, to help you make sense of the world and oversee your daily operations and life. Brain health refers to the ability to remember, learn, plan, concentrate and maintain a clear, active mind. By taking steps to help keep…

  • 06.7.17

    Participant Mid-Year Election Changes – Part 2

    To recap how the mid-year election rules work, there are two primary sets of federal laws that impact when an employee can change their enrollment election in the middle of the plan year depending on what kind of plan is involved. For pre-tax employee benefits offered through a cafeteria plan,…

  • 05.22.17

    Northwestern Benefit Recognized as one of the Nation’s Healthiest Companies

    Northwestern Benefit Corporation has received the Gold WELCOA (The Wellness Council of America) Award for 2017 and has been certified as a Gold Well Workplace. Award winners are evaluated on the following benchmarks: capturing CEO support, creating cohesive wellness teams, collecting data to drive health efforts, crafting an operating plan,…

  • 05.19.17

    Melanoma and Mental Health Awareness

    Melanoma, a disease in which cancer cells form in melanocytes (cells that color the skin), can occur anywhere on the skin. Its signs include a change in the way a mole or pigmented area looks. Melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer, but the number of new cases of…