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Benefits Buzz – May 2018

This month’s Benefits Buzz explains the next steps for employers that missed the Affordable Care Act reporting deadline, provides a brief overview of the 2018 Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits and examines a reference-based pricing lawsuit.

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9th Annual – Michigan HR Day – April 12th, 2018

The 9th Annual Michigan HR Day is April 12 this year in Lansing.
It will be held at the:
Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
CBS will be in Booth 6C, so be sure to stop by and register to win Red Wing tickets and Coach Purses!
Click Here to Register: http://michiganhr.org/event-sign-up/
Hope to see you there!

Breaking News LIVE from D.C. 2/27/18

Breaking News LIVE from D.C.!

Greg Liposky with Representative Kevin Brady (TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, after a successful private lunch discussion on proposed Health Care Legislative changes. Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 – Washington D.C.        
Last week marked my 10th annual visit to participate in the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference in Washington D.C.  This is a VERY important symposium collaborating and working with our Congressional Delegates to help develop exceptional health care solutions.  NAHU members had another productive year in making significant progress during this very ambitious four day schedule!
Below are the top five focal points we presented in our Congressional meetings that addressed viable solutions to help solve our national health care crisis.
  1. Preserving the employer tax exclusion (deductibility) for health care benefits provided to employees.
  2. Eliminate the excessive employer reporting requirements under the ACA laws especially now that the individual mandate has been repealed in the new tax reform bill.
  3. Increase flexibility for HSA plans to allow for several diagnostic Dr. visits (without having to meet plan deductible first) and allow funding to HSA accounts to equal the total out of pocket exposure for all HSA plan designs.
  4. Create high risk reinsurance pools managed by each state to take care of the high/catastrophic cost claimants (.5% of population) and significantly reduce premium costs for a majority of the insured population.
  5. Permanently repealing the Health Insurance Tax and Cadillac Excise Tax.
Additional agenda items included significant Medicare improvements/modifications and market stabilization recommendations to reduce costs and improve individual and employer market risk pools.
To review both our current and past legislative successes that will ultimately help deliver high quality of care, and cost reduction solutions to all Americans, click here.
Respectfully,
Greg Liposky

Benefits Buzz March 2018

This month’s Benefits Buzz examines the latest spending resolution’s effect on ACA taxes, provides details about new disability claim rules and looks at the new HHS secretary’s position on the opioid crisis.   Click on the picture to read the full Benefits Buzz newsletter.

Benefits Buzz February 2018

This month’s Benefits Buzz provides an overview of two major employee benefits changes, highlights the Department of Labor’s annual inflation adjustments for civil penalties for 2018 and briefly explains a new tax credit introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Click the picture for more information.