Legal Alert: Nonquantitative Treatment Limits (NQTL) Testing Now Required

May 12, 2021
This alert was last updated on May 12, 2021. Download this alert. All group health plan sponsors of both fully-insured and self-funded plans must consider the requirements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Paul... Find out more »

Legal Alert: IRS Releases 2022 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

May 11, 2021
In Rev. Proc. 2021-25, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2022 relevant to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits.     2022 2021 Change Annual HSA... Find out more »

Whitney Floyd Joins Alera Group as Vice President of Sales, Northeast

April 29, 2021
Alera Group, a top independent, national insurance and wealth management firm, has appointed Whitney Floyd as Vice President of Sales, Northeast. Reporting to Vice President of Sales Development, Jim Wochele, Floyd will lead all sales initiatives in the Northeast region working directly with twelve... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Duryea Agency

April 27, 2021
Alera Group, a leading financial services and risk management company, today announced the acquisition of Duryea Agency, an insurance agency providing personal insurance and business insurance for clients across New Jersey and beyond. “Alera Group combines local service with national scope,... Find out more »

Mini COBRA Quick Facts

April 23, 2021
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), employers now have some work to do as it pertains to COBRA and the new subsidies under the ARPA. ARPA created a COBRA subsidy from April 1 of 2021 to September 30 of 2021, paid by the employer or carrier, for 100% of the COBRA premium for... Find out more »

DOL Releases Model Notices and Other Resources Related to COBRA Premium Assistance

April 8, 2021
On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a link to its webpage dedicated to the COBRA premium assistance authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARPA), the third COVID-19 stimulus bill.  The webpage includes model notices, frequently asked questions, and related... Find out more »
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Alera Group Acquires E3 Outsource, Launches National Employee Benefits Helpline

March 24, 2021
Acquisition allows for new service to assist employees of clients with all of their benefits needs Alera Group, a leading employee benefits, financial services and risk management company, announced today it has acquired E3 Outsource, an employee benefits management and technology firm. The... Find out more »

Legal Alert: COBRA Subsidies and COVID-19: Who Gets the Credit?

March 23, 2021
The United States Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) enables qualified beneficiaries who lose health benefits due to a qualifying event to continue group health benefits. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides for a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Specialized Insurance Services Agency Inc.

March 18, 2021
Alera Group, a leading national insurance and financial services firm, today announced the acquisition of Specialized Insurance Services Agency Inc. (SISA), an independent insurance agency with a focus on assisting professionals and high-net worth individuals. “Our mission is to prepare people... Find out more »

Congress Passes the American Rescue Plan Act

March 12, 2021
Congress has passed, and President Biden has signed, the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARPA), the third COVID-19 stimulus bill.  This new $1.9 trillion stimulus package includes several health and welfare benefits-related provisions relevant to employers and plan sponsors, as summarized... Find out more »