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12Mar 2018

The Trend Continues… Cigna Announced Plans to Buy Express Scripts

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Cigna announced on March 8th that it plans to buy pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) Express Scripts, in a deal worth $52 billion.  This agreement is the latest of several announced mergers in the health care industry.  Late last year, CVS Health announced a deal to buy Aetna.  Other significant deals in recent history that did not go through were Anthem [...]

8Mar 2018

Surprise from the IRS – 2018 HSA Contribution Limit Reduced

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The IRS announced on March 5th that the 2018 maximum HSA contribution for family coverage is being reduced from $6,900 to $6,850.  The reduction is a result of the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill to the way the inflation-adjusted limits are calculated.  The individual maximum of $3,450 and the $1,000 catch-up contribution for individuals age 55 [...]

21Dec 2017

CVS and Aetna Announce Merger

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CVS Health recently announced that is has reached an agreement to buy Aetna for approximately $69 billion.  According to a December 3 joint press release from CVS Health and Aetna, the combination of the two companies will provide consumers with a better experience, reduced costs and improved access to health care experts in homes and communities across the country. Advocates [...]

8Dec 2017

Congress Passes Different Versions of Tax Reform Bill

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The House and Senate versions of the tax reform bills affect several employee benefits, such as Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, Adoption Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement. See a comparison of the two versions of the bills in Mazursky Constantine’s latest HRBenefitsAuthority. Because there are differences between the two versions, the next step is for a conference committee to resolve the [...]

15Nov 2017

It’s Open Enrollment Season – Help Your Employees Choose Wisely (Part 2 of 3)

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The goal of this three-part blog series is to share information that may help your employees make better, informed decisions about their benefits during open enrollment. In Part 1, we described three psychological (or cognitive) biases that can negatively affect decision-making. We also provided suggestions for how you might present information differently in your open enrollment communications to help your [...]