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Employers are often considering ways to enhance their benefits packages and attract great employees. Some employers might increase their contributions towards the health plans or 401(k) matching contributions, but another option is to offer an opt-out payment for those employees waiving the company-sponsored health coverage. At Fall River we are asked about this option frequently, and we continue to evaluate the pros and cons as well as the rules of doing so.

Friday, 19 July 2019 09:47

Saving Money with Direct Primary Care

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Direct Primary Care (DPC), aka “concierge medicine,” is an alternative provider payment model gaining traction with employers who are tired of high health insurance rates and their employees not receiving the care they need. Instead of billing the insurance carrier for routine care, DPC providers usually charge a monthly flat fee which allows the member access to unlimited routine services such as laboratory services, same-day or next-day appointments, and sometimes even house calls. The savings generated by this model can certainly benefit companies, especially those that are self-funding their plans.

Friday, 12 July 2019 11:29

The Expanded HRA Rules

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In June, the Trump Administration issued new rules expanding the function of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) in an attempt to provide employers additional options for providing health coverage.  These rules, which will go into effect in January 2020, create two new ways to offer pre-tax dollars for purchasing health coverage: the Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA) and the Excepted Benefit HRA (EBHRA).

There’s no question that great technology can propel an organization forward, and we’ve worked with many companies that are either looking to implement new HRIS software or change to a platform that better suits their business needs. The rewards of improving your technology are high, but the challenges can be numerous as well. How do you effectively vet, select, and implement the right system for your organization while minimizing the headaches? 

The IRS recently announced the changes to the contribution limits for High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in 2020. Also in this article, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we receive on HSAs. See if you know the answers before you read ours! 

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