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12 Nov

Alera Group Acquires Capital Region Benefits

Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management firm, today announced that it has acquired Capital Region Benefits, effective November 1, 2019. Capital Region Benefits, an independent insurance agency located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, has provided group benefit insurance services to Central Pennsylvania employers since 2004.  Capital Region Benefits […]

07 Nov

Health FSA Contribution Limit Increases to $2,750 for 2020 Plan Years

IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2020, Adjusts Other Benefit Limits On November 6, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2019-44, which raises the health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit by $50 to $2,750 for plan years beginning in 2020. The Revenue Procedure also contains the cost-of-living adjustments […]

06 Nov

Alera Group Acquires HR inTune

Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, today announced that it has acquired the business assets of HR inTune, effective October 1, 2019. HR inTune, located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, is a human resource consulting firm that helps to address complex workforce management needs through different configurations of […]

05 Nov

Massachusetts Employers Must File HIRD Form by December 15

As part of Massachusetts’ expanded Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) program, employers with 6 or more employees in Massachusetts must submit a health insurance responsibility disclosure (HIRD) form annually, which collects information about employer-sponsored health insurance offerings.  Employers throughout the Commonwealth should have received email communication from the Department of Revenue (DOR) indicating that the […]

28 Oct

IRS Releases Guidance for Employers Offering Individual Coverage HRAs

On September 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations on the application of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility provisions to a new type of Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) available starting in 2020.  In June 2019, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Treasury Department […]

12 Sep

Alera Group Acquires Makro Enterprises

Local firm joins Alera Group through GLB Insurance Alera Group, an independent national insurance brokerage and wealth management firm, today announced that it has acquired Makro Enterprises (Makro), effective September 1, 2019. Makro will join Alera Group through local firm GLB Insurance. Makro offers employee benefits and insurance services for clients throughout Las Vegas and […]

27 Aug

Departments Adopt Non-Enforcement Policy on Drug Manufacturer Coupons

On August 26, 2019, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury released an FAQ that provides guidance to employers, plan sponsors and health insurance issuers regarding a recent HHS regulation that could be read to require group health plans to treat prescription drug manufacturers’ coupons as employee cost sharing for […]

14 Aug

Alera Group Acquires Benefit Commerce Group

Alera Group, an independent national insurance brokerage and wealth management firm, today announced its acquisition of Benefit Commerce Group, an award-winning, results-driven employee benefits consulting firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Benefit Commerce Group has had strong growth over the past 10 years as a progressive employee benefits consulting firm. The company is a four-time honoree […]

08 Aug

Alera Group Acquires Comprehensive Benefit Administrators

Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Comprehensive Benefit Administrators (CBA), effective August 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. CBA, located in Norwell, Massachusetts, creates benefits programs that are focused on exceeding client expectations while minimizing costs. Their expertise in brokerage services, claims administration and enrollment allows […]

24 Jul

IRS Issues Affordability Percentage Adjustment for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Rev. Proc. 2019-29, which contains the inflation adjusted amounts for 2020 used to determine whether employer-sponsored coverage is “affordable” for purposes of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility provisions and premium tax credit program. As shown in the table below, for plan years beginning in 2020, […]