Alera Group Acquires HR inTune

November 6, 2019
Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, today announced that it has acquired the business assets of HR inTune, effective October 1, 2019. HR inTune, located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, is a human resource consulting firm that... Find out more »

Massachusetts Employers Must File HIRD Form by December 15

November 5, 2019
As part of Massachusetts’ expanded Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) program, employers with 6 or more employees in Massachusetts must submit a health insurance responsibility disclosure (HIRD) form annually, which collects information about employer-sponsored health insurance... Find out more »

IRS Releases Guidance for Employers Offering Individual Coverage HRAs

October 28, 2019
On September 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations on the application of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility provisions to a new type of Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) available starting in 2020.  In June 2019, the... Find out more »

Alera Group Appoints Employee Benefits Practice Leader

October 9, 2019
DEERFIELD, IL—Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property & casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, is excited to announce that Sally Prather has recently been appointed as its national Employee Benefits Practice Leader. Prather’s responsibilities will include the... Find out more »

Alera Group Acquires Makro Enterprises

September 12, 2019
Local firm joins Alera Group through GLB Insurance Alera Group, an independent national insurance brokerage and wealth management firm, today announced that it has acquired Makro Enterprises (Makro), effective September 1, 2019. Makro will join Alera Group through local firm GLB... Find out more »

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 »