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AHT Blog

  • After the most recent Democratic Presidential Primary debates, I couldn’t help but think the following: I believe Former Vice President Biden will win the Democratic Presidential nomination. Why? 3 words: The Labor Unions. Ironically, on Monday, I read the news article embedded in the title above, and I feel more confident than I did last week about my prediction.
  • As I have said in prior updates, I believe that it is good public policy to encourage employers to offer some sort of financial assistance so their employees have the ability to obtain some form of health insurance, especially in situations where an employer is not offering a “group health plan.” Encouraging employers to serve as the “financier” of health insurance – even though the employer is not actually sponsoring a “group health plan” – achieves this policy goal, which the final HRA regulations promotes. However, if an employer that wants to simply act as the “financier” of health insurance is forced to comply ERISA’s requirements, a strong argument can be made the employer will be discouraged from offering the HRA arrangement, which is counter to the policy of keeping employer dollars in the “health care game.”
  • Employer Update

    As you may know, the Democrats have promised the labor community that – when given the chance – they will vote to repeal the Cadillac Tax. Well, as the majority party in the House of Representatives, House Democrats now have that opportunity. So, it is not at all surprising – at least to me – to see full Cadillac Tax repeal being brought to the floor for a full-House vote. As you may also know, a good number of Republicans support full repeal of the Cadillac Tax too. So, I would not be surprised at all if full Cadillac Tax repeal gets 400+ votes in the House, with a majority of House Republicans joining the House Democrats. However, the most important point here is this: The forthcoming full-House vote will be a straight-up vote on fully repealing the Cadillac Tax with NO spending reductions and/or tax increases to offset the hundreds of billions in revenue loss (in particular, $193 billion in revenue loss over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)).

JJWade Associates Blog

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RHSB Blog

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2019-45 which expands the list of “preventive care benefits” permitted to be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) when determining if an individual is eligible to make tax-exempt contributions to a health savings account (HSA). In most cases, a qualified HDHP may not pay benefits until
  • Kelsey Turnage joined RHSB (Roach Howard Smith Barton) as Human Resources Generalist and Privacy Officer in April of this year. This is a new dedicated Human Resource position for RHSB and Kelsey will be organizing the human resources functions within the organization. She will be responsible for organizational human resources, hiring, new employee orientation and

Bolton Blog

Mason & Mason Blog

  • For Immediate Release!

    The post For Immediate Release! appeared first on Mason & Mason Technology Insurance Services, Inc. | California License Number 0A94455 .
  • The escalation of litigation surrounding the Me Too movement has quickly lead to a barrage of lawsuits involving allegations of sexual [] The post Sexual Harassment Allegations, the Me Too Movement and Portfolio Company Derailment appeared first on Mason & Mason Technology Insurance Services, Inc. | California License Number 0A94455 .
  • As a co-founding member of TechAssure, we are so pleased to receive this wonderful recognition! TechAssure Earns Insurance Business Award [] The post TechAssure Named Network of the Year by Insurance Business America appeared first on Mason & Mason Technology Insurance Services, Inc. | California License Number 0A94455 .

Dan Lawrie Blog

  • When we broach the subject of estate planning with clients, who are small-business owners, we ask them about their contingency plans. “God forbid, you’re stuck somewhere overseas – who’s running your business?” That concept is something that people can grasp. They can see themselves tied up for a short period. Many business owners put off thinking about how, and to whom, their business will be passed when they die. Failing to put an estate plan in place can jeopardize the future success – or, indeed, the very survival – of a business and potentially unravel a lifetime’s work on the part of the owner. We give you the confidence about the decisions you need to make. Your business is probably the largest asset on the balance sheet, and some business owners are not treating it with the same respect as...read more
  • Project Failure Risk: Mitigation and Control Strategies Information provided by Mentor Works Projects fail. They fail all the time. We accept their failures and we accept the failure rate as part of business. Per the Standish Group’s CHAOS report, only about 30% of projects 2011-2015 were completed on time and on budget, and over 50% were outright cancelled. What does this mean? An overwhelming majority of projects do not achieve their intended goals. While most projects are completed, there’s a 50:50 chance that it won’t be completed as originally planned. For many organizations, shifting costs and deliverable timelines have become acceptable and projects can still be considered a success if the end deliverable is achieved, regardless of how long it took or how much it cost. Still, there are many reasons why projects fail, and the reasons are typically very...read more
  • International Marketplace Insights  August 2019 Edition Events, developments, and opportunities in the international marketplace. We occupy a unique position in the international risk management and employee benefits marketplace, and have the ability and resources to help you globally. We provide our clients exclusive access to a dedicated, in-sourced international department, effectively on their payroll and fully integrated within their operations, acting as an extension of their team. Our network provides access to more experience, technical resources, and innovative industry expertise. We are able to provide direct local involvement worldwide and strengthen insurer relations, providing regional knowledge and expertise as well as regulatory compliance. Please contact us at 1-800-661-1518 if you have any questions or concerns regarding international insurance. Recent Successes: Placed a Package policy in Sweden on behalf of a US private finance solutions and services company opening a new office location. Placed...read more

Diversified Blog

  • The Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2018 was a standout event full of 14,000 entrepreneurs, business owners, techies, and even millennials. Morning of the first day was full of incredible speakers. Afternoon was tough deciding which breakout session to attend with so many interesting topics and excellent presenters. Clint Betts started everything off by conducting short []
  • Latest news in the Risk Management world National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation (blog) fbi October 05, 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017. “Cyber risks can seem overwhelming in today’s hyper-connected world, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself []
  • Latest news in the Risk Management world Time Is Running Out to Fund a Program That Insures 9 Million Kids fortune September 28, 2017 This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Since the inauguration of President Trump, health care has been front and center in American politics. Yet, attention has almost exclusively been []

Plexus Blog

AXIS Blog

  • In our Talent Top 10 series we give readers the chance to get to know the friendly faces behind the Axis Insurance Group agencies. This week we asked 10 questions to our talented staff member Laurel Miller - Senior Account Executive.
  • In our Talent Top 10 series we give readers the chance to get to know the friendly faces behind the Axis Insurance Group agencies. This week we asked 10 questions to our talented staff member Grant Alsop - Account Executive.
  • In our Talent Top 10 series we give readers the chance to get to know the friendly faces behind the Axis Insurance Group agencies. This week we asked 10 questions to our talented staff member Jessica Anderson - Manager, Broking Services & Account Administration.