February: American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 610,000 deaths annually. Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in the cost of health care, medications and lost productivity. Fortunately, heart disease can often be prevented by Read More >>

ACA’s Affordability Contribution Percentage Increased for 2017

On April 12, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2016-24 to index the contribution percentages in 2017 for purposes of determining the affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2017, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only Read More >>

Salary-based Health Insurance Premiums

Employee health insurance premiums at most companies differ only by family size and type of plan (for example, deductible amount). At some companies, though, another factor is taken into account—salary. Meaning that employees who earn less, pay lower insurance premiums. Several companies like GE and Pitney Bowes have based insurance premiums on employees’ salaries for Read More >>