Mar 27, 2018 | Commentary
The dance cards have sure changed over the last six months. Whatever happened to the Anthem and Cigna merger? What about Anthem’s partnership with Express Scripts? Did they ask CVS to dance instead? But now CVS is asking to dance with Aetna. And Cigna decided it wants to hit the floor with Express Scripts. (more…)
Mar 6, 2018 | Legislative Updates
[SEE UPDATE] On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2018-18 to announce changes to certain tax limits for 2018, including a reduced contribution limit for health savings accounts (HSAs).
The new tax law enacted late last year—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—changed the consumer price index for making annual adjustments to the HSA limits. Based on this new index, the IRS lowered the HSA contribution limit for individuals with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) from $6,900 to $6,850. This change is effective for the 2018 calendar year. The IRS’ other HSA and HDHP limits for 2018 remain the same. (more…)
Mar 2, 2018 | Commentary
We recently wrapped up a series of roundtable meetings in various cities where we discussed results from an employer survey we conducted on Plan Design Considerations & Innovations. Attendees at each of the roundtables enjoyed spirited discussion of the survey findings in general and of specific plan management strategies. (more…)