News Archive

  • 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…

  • 09.27.18

    In Case You Missed It: Fall 2018 Client Seminar

    On September 26, approximately 100 attendees joined Northwestern Benefit for our Fall 2018 Client Seminar. Featured speakers Gregory Hare, Dana Janney, Todd Slawter, and Jeff Post provided insight on topics such as handling harassment allegations, redefining employee wellness, and educating employees about Rx coupons for rising prescription costs. We also…

  • 09.20.18

    September 2018 is Whole Grains Month

    The month of September is recognized as National Whole Grains Month! Grains are an important source of nutrients, including fiber, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate) and minerals (iron, magnesium and selenium). B vitamins help the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates, while Iron carries oxygen in the…

  • 09.17.18

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia to Become Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) has recently announced that they will be changing their name to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem), effective January 1, 2019. Members will not experience any changes to service models, networks, or account representatives, and Anthem will remain headquartered in Georgia.…

  • 09.12.18

    IRS Responds to TCJA Changes

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), enacted in December 2017, changed the way tax is calculated for most taxpayers, including those with income not subject to withholding.  With nearly 10 million U.S. taxpayers facing a penalty for underpayment of estimated tax last year, the IRS is campaigning for employers…

  • 08.29.18

    Does Workplace Culture Really Impact Employee Health?

    When looking for the answer to improving employee well-being and controlling health care costs, we often are asking the wrong questions. Conversations about who the best vendor partners are, the latest and greatest in technology, or hottest trends typically fill up meeting times and lead to discussions around pricing, engagement…

  • 08.15.18

    August 2018 Live Well, Work Well Newsletter

    In this edition, you'll learn why your phone may be disrupting your sleep, how your trips to the pool may negatively affect your health, and the importance of vaccinations at every age. Trouble Sleeping? Your Phone May Be to Blame Yes, you read that headline right. According to a new…

  • 08.8.18

    Associated Health Plans Final Rules

    Background: Why is the expansion of Associated Health Plans (AHPs) important? When different employers join together to provide benefits to their employees, the result is usually a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA).  While a MEWA can offer some financial advantages over separate plans, in most cases, each participating employer must…

  • 07.20.18

    Skin Cancer: Are You Safe in the Sun?

    Many people describe sun-tanned skin as a “healthy glow,” but it’s not exactly the truth. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Sun Damage Any type of suntan is the result of sun damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Other types of sun…

  • 07.11.18

    Employer Tax Deduction Eliminated

    Effective January 1, 2018, the employer tax deduction for qualified transportation fringe expenses was eliminated. Specifically, the new rule states that no deduction is available for “any expense incurred for providing any transportation, or any payment or reimbursement, to an employee of the taxpayer in connection with travel between the…