Departments Adopt Non-Enforcement Policy on Drug Manufacturer Coupons

August 27, 2019
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... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Benefit Commerce Group

August 14, 2019
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... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Comprehensive Benefit Administrators

August 8, 2019
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... Find out more »

IRS Issues Affordability Percentage Adjustment for 2020

July 24, 2019
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... Find out more »

IRS Expands HSA Preventive Care Safe Harbor to Include Chronic Conditions

July 19, 2019
IRS Expands HSA Preventive Care Safe Harbor to Include Chronic Conditions On July 17, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2019-45, which expands the definition of preventive care benefits that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) to include certain chronic... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Landmark Benefits, Inc.

Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced  its acquisition of Landmark Benefits, Inc. (Landmark), effective July 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Landmark, located in Windham, New Hampshire, is an employee benefits broker providing comprehensive... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Austin & Co., Inc.

July 11, 2019
Deerfield, IL -- Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Austin & Co., Inc. (Austin & Co.), effective July 1, 2019. The firm expands Alera Group’s employee benefits and property & casualty expertise. Terms of the transaction were not... Find out more »

President Trump Issues Executive Order Encouraging Transparency in Pricing and Expanding Consumer-Directed Arrangements

June 28, 2019
President Trump Issues Executive Order Encouraging Transparency in Pricing and Expanding Consumer-Directed Arrangements On June 24, 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order intending to develop price and quality transparency initiatives to ensure that healthcare patients can make... Find out more »

Alera Group Selects National Property and Casualty Practice Leader

June 18, 2019
DEERFIELD, IL – Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property & casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, appointed Mark Englert as national Property & Casualty Practice Leader. Englert will be responsible for continuing Alera Group’s path toward building... Find out more »

Final Rule Released on Individual Coverage and Excepted Benefit HRAs

June 17, 2019
Final Rule Released on Individual Coverage and Excepted Benefit HRAs On June 13, 2019 the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Treasury Department (the “Departments”) released the final rule concerning health reimbursement arrangements (HRA) for... Find out more »