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BFG Benefits Brief and HR Newsletter - August 2019

Executive Order on Health Costs to Affect Employer Health Plans

Flag USPresident Donald Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at improving price and quality transparency in health care.

BFG Benefits Brief and HR Newsletter - July 2019

IRS Releases Inflation-adjusted Limits for HSAs and HDHPs for 2020

medical costsOn May 28, 2019, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-25 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savin

U.S.-China Trade War: Who Pays the Price?

On May 13, 2019, escalating trade tensions between the United States and China sparked a worldwide stock sell-off that wiped out more than $1 trillion in global equity values.1 The markets recovered over the next three days, but tensions between the economic giants continued to drive volatility with no resolution in sight.2 Investors sometimes overreact to short-term events, but the conflict with China has been simmering for decades, and an extended trade war could have long-term economic consequences.

The Future of Social Security and Medicare: Here's What Trustees Are Projecting

Most Americans will eventually receive Social Security and Medicare benefits. Each year, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds release lengthy reports to Congress that assess the health of these important programs. The newest reports, released on April 22, 2019, discuss the current financial condition and ongoing financial challenges that both programs face, and project a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2020.

The Fed Hits the Brakes: No Rate Hikes Projected in 2019

At its meeting on March 20, 2019, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) maintained the benchmark federal funds rate at the target range of 2.25% to 2.50% that was set in December 2018. This in itself was not surprising. But other communications signaled a definite hiatus in the Fed's policy of raising interest rates and tightening the money supply.1

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There's Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2018

Taxpayers have until their tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA for 2018 ($6,500 if they were age 50 or older on December 31, 2018). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2018 is April 15, 2019 (April 17 for taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts).

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Most Common Summary Plan Description Mistakes

One of the most important documents participants must receive automatically when becoming covered under a health benefit plan that is subject to ERISA (the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act) is a summary of the plan, called the Summary Plan Description or SPD. The fact is, many employers are confused about this very important ERISA-required disclosure, which can put them at risk.

BFG Benefits Brief and HR Newsletter

Health FSA Limit to Increase in 2019

calendarThe ACA imposes a dollar limit on employees' salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans.

2019 Health Care Reform To-Do List

If your small business has fewer than 50 employees and offers fully-insured plans, you're sure to find this 2019 Health Care Reform To-Do List helpful.  Download a copy today.