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2020 Volume #3 – 401K Account Changes

May-28-2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act made a few changes to 401(k) withdrawals. Under normal circumstances, if you withdraw money from your 401(k) before age 60, you would face a 10% penalty and a 20% tax withholding. For coronavirus-related distribution, the CARES Act eliminates the 10% penalty and the 20% tax withholding. You […]

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2020 Volume #2 – SECURE Act becomes law and some information you should know.

Feb-11-2020

On December 20, 2019, the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) was signed into law and represents some of the most sweeping plan legislation since 2006. A high-level overview of just a few key provisions are as follows: The legislation will require employers to permit long-term, part-time employees to participate in 401(k) […]

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2020 Volume 1-Google & Consumer Health Data

Dec-31-2019

Google recently made headlines with their Project Nightingale, which is a program designed to gather and analyze personal health information from millions of Americans through a partnership with Ascension.  HHS has initiated a federal inquiry into this program as HHS wants to ensure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protections were fully implemented.  While […]

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2019 Volume #5 Google & Consumer Health Data

Dec-19-2019

Google recently made headlines with their Project Nightingale, which is a program designed to gather and analyze personal health information from millions of Americans through a partnership with Ascension.   HHS has initiated a federal inquiry into this program as HHS wants to ensure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protections were fully implemented.  […]

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2019 Volume #4 Self-Funded Pharmacy Program

Oct-02-2019

I hope all of you enjoyed your summer and are getting ready to savor fall!   Getting back to business – employers that self-fund their health care program should take note of their Lyrica. Lyrica is a non-opioid medication commonly used to treat neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. Lyrica is used extensively so current utilization is […]

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2019 Volume #3 | 81% – Holy Smokes

Aug-09-2019

81%- Holy Smokes! The Milwaukee’s BizTimes reported that claims data from three of the nation’s largest insurance companies shows that only Alaskans pay more for medical services than Wisconsinites. Wisconsin ranks second in having the highest medical prices in the country. The Health Care Cost Institute, a Washington D.C. based non-profit that researches and analyzes […]

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2019 Volume #2 | Underfunded Retirement Plans

Jun-14-2019

Many public sector pension plans are hemorrhaging due to underfunding over many years and union members may not be reaping the benefits, and this is because employers have had to funnel more of workers’ compensation to insolvent union-run multi-employer pension plans. Many employers have gone bankrupt, which has shifted the funding burden to others. According […]

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