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2015 401(k) Contribution Limit Rises to $18,000
The ‘catch-up’contribution for those 50 and over rises to $6,000, with a higher total contribution limit (employer plus employee) of $53,000, the IRS announced.

Consumer-Driven Options for Open Enrolllment
A variety of strategies and incentives promote smarter health care decision-making this enrollment season.

Tracking the Excise Tax Impact on Your Plan
Determine if or when your health plan will reach the cost thresholds for the 2018 excise tax.

Egg-Freezing Benefit Raises Questions
Apple and Facebook will pay for women to freeze their eggs, but some ask what message this sends to women pursuing careers at tech companies.

Wal-Mart Offers Shoppers Retail Health Coverage
An in-store program will market health plans for those who have lacked, or recently lost, employer-provided coverage.

Navigate Generational Attitudes on Health
During open enrollment, age cohorts tend to approach health-benefits selection differently.

Drug Plan Cost Rise Outpaces Health Benefits
The cost increase for carve-out prescription drug coverage is projected to far outpace the rise in group medical plan premiums.

Same-Sex Marriage Extended to More States
Employers in several additional states will be required to provide  same-sex spouses with the full range of benefits and accommodations offered to opposite-sex spouses.

Mid-Year Departures from Cafeteria Plans OK’d
The IRS authorizes employees to revoke their election of a noncalendar year employer health plan in order to purchase a calendar year plan through a public exchange.

Private Exchanges Spur Coverage Shift
Rising costs and regulatory demands will fuel the growth of private health exchanges over the next decade (updated; podcast interview added).

Additional Enrollees May Drive Up Costs
Health care reform's individual coverage requirement means more workers will enroll in employer-provided plans.

Modest Premium Growth, Steep Deductible Hikes
Despite modest growth in health premiums, deductibles for group plans have risen 47 percent since 2009.

Nov. 5 Deadline for ‘HPID’ Identifier
Large plans require health plan identifiers (HPIDs) by Nov. 5, 2014; small plans have another year.


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