U.S. employers that self-insure their medical benefits have become increasingly frustrated with the constant surge in health care expenses and also with the lack of price transparency, according to a … Read More
Steady growth in the adoption of Roth plans is anticipated by plan sponsors, given the feature’s tax diversification benefits, according to Vanguard’s How America Saves 2017 report.The percentage of V… Read More
Health and wellness programs, which help employees with challenges such as weight management and smoking cessation, are common benefits offered by employers. This concept of wellness has been increasi… Read More
For years, healthcare reform has pursued the holy grail of higher quality at lower cost. I’ve always believed it’s achievable, and now it’s needed more than ever. The U.S. healthcare system is failing… Read More
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — To Barbara Schmid, there are plenty of ways to get to work that don’t involve firing up a gas-guzzling car. Some can walk, some can bike and many others can hop on a bus.With that i… Read More
AKRON, Ohio — Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.The dea… Read More
According to an expert panel speaking at the 2017 PLANSPONSOR National Conference, in Washington, D.C., the concept of re-enrollment should be an exciting one from the perspective of plan sponsors—a s… Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to not start your engines.The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s (GGRBC) Active Commute Week takes place Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16. Whether it’s cruis… Read More
Among a number of positive aspects of health savings accounts (HSAs), new research finds another.More precisely, a recent report from the non-partisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) found … Read More
Trump “bump” or not, April was no rainy day for 401(k) balances – and they continued to bloom in May.In fact, 2017 contributions and markets have provided a nice boost to the average 401(k) balance. … Read More
In the almost 35 years I’ve been in Human Resources leadership positions – including stints with two Fortune 100 companies- I’ve never had the pleasure to work with a group of men and women like the ones at Advantage Benefits Group who so consistently meet and exceed our expectations in providing timely and effective guidance in the administration of our benefit plans. I heartily recommend them to any other organizations seeking to establish a more effective relationship with their benefits agents.
Our President's Council spent a solid hour this week discussing health, dental, and vision options based on the work you and we have been working on since late last fall. The group found the materials presented to be informative and helpful, so they specifically asked that I share with you their appreciation for all the work that has been put into this issues so far. They were appreciative of both the content, and the timing. In some years it has been early May before we could have that discussion, which is way too late in the cycle and so they wanted me to also express appreciation for having this on a much more helpful timeline to give ample opportunity to consider the options, and to make timely decisions.