News Archive

  • 01.8.19

    2018 Great Days of Service Recap

    At Northwestern Benefit, we invest in relationships, and part of that initiative is giving back to our community. For many years, we’ve cherished our relationships with non-profit organizations such as Chris 180, Hope Lodge Cancer Society, Love Beyond Walls, and Canine Assistants that provide support and necessities to those in need. In…

  • 12.20.18

    Managing the Hectic Holidays

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! For most, holidays can also be the most hectic time of the year. The tips below can help you to have a calm, fulfilling holiday season: Minimize new tasks: Learn to say "No"! Limit the extra day-to-day activities you choose to take on.…

  • 12.12.18

    2019 ALE 1095-C & 1094-C Form Reporting

    Employers with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees (Applicable Large Employers or ALEs) have the following obligations under the ACA reporting requirements using Forms 1095-C and 1094-C: Prepare separate information returns for individuals Furnish the individuals with copies of the information returns Submit a single transmittal form to the IRS…

  • 11.28.18

    Northwestern Benefit Selected as One of the Nation’s Healthiest Companies in 2018!

    For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce that Northwestern Benefit Corporation has been certified as a Gold Well Workplace. Gold Well Workplaces are companies that have successfully built comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives and are demonstrating and documenting concrete outcomes. By achieving this designation, our organization…

  • 11.27.18

    Don’t Let Cooler Temperatures Derail Your Workout Plan

    If you find it harder to keep up with your workout program as the temperatures drop, you’re not alone. Every year, many Americans find it increasingly difficult to remain committed to their plan as the holidays, shorter days and less-than-ideal weather create obstacles. Whether you’re a gym-goer or outdoor exerciser,…

  • 11.15.18

    How Should Employers Respond to IRS Employer Penalty Letters?

    Over the last year, the IRS has been sending ACA employer penalty notices, IRS Letter 226-J, to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs).  The IRS has relied on information in Forms 1094-C and 1095-C filed by ALEs and in Form 1040 filed by employees.  If this information indicates that an employer did…

  • 10.30.18

    The Georgia Chamber and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Launch the Chamber SMART Plan

    As small businesses search for cost-saving health coverage options, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce seeks to solve this problem by offering a new solution that can lead to more rate stability and offers potential savings for groups with 50 or fewer employees. In a recent announcement, Anthem Blue Cross and…

  • 10.24.18

    Why You Need A Wellness Communication Plan

    Oftentimes, employers feel like they can’t contribute to their employee’s well-being, due to lack of resources to finance or administer these programs. While limited resources are a valid reason for not being able to build a comprehensive program, it does not mean that employers can't help their employees improve their overall…

  • 10.17.18

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - an annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer signs, symptoms and treatments. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In fact, breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for…

  • 10.3.18

    Compliance Considerations for Self-Funded Health Plans

    In general, self-funded plans give employers more flexibility to design employee benefit plans. Additionally, employers have more control over how the plan is administered. Increased administration and design control can result in significant reduction in costs. However, employers should be aware of increased compliance investment needed for self-funded plans. The…