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  • 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…

  • 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…