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December 2016

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Employee Benefit Trends for 2017

5 Employee Benefits Trends for 2017 Employee benefits will feel the effects of political change as well as cultural change next year. As the old year ticks down toward a new year filled with a drastic change in Washington that will no doubt create plenty of ripple effects throughout the country, the employee benefits sector also faces … Continue Reading

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2018 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters – Final Regulations

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CMS issued the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule for 2018 on Friday December 16, 2016, establishing standards for insurers and each health insurance marketplace for the 2018 plan year. These final regulations, effective for plans and plan years beginning on and after January 1, 2018, include updates to the … Continue Reading

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Winter Children Safety Tips


Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm. What to Wear Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities.  Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves … Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress


Many people look forward to the holiday season and the start of a new year. It often provides an opportunity to spend quality time with family, take a few days off from work, or go on a winter getaway. While the holiday season can be a fun and joyous time, it can also be very … Continue Reading

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This Holiday Season, Eat Mindful, Not Mindless


It’s the holidays and for most Americans, that means eating – lots of eating – followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. But why not take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season and beyond? According to a recent website survey, about 18 percent of people say … Continue Reading

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FSA Contribution Limit Increases for 2017

On October 25, 2016, the IRS announced that the maximum FSA contribution limit for 2017 will increase by $50 to $2,600. This is the first increase to the limit in two years and only the second increase since the limit was originally set at $2,500. With the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care … Continue Reading

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Ten ways to avoid colds and flu this winter

Winter is the season for colds and flu. According to Dr William Bird, medical consultant of the Meteorological Office’s Health Forecast Unit, December is when infections tend to become prevalent. Here, we look at some ways you can minimize your risk of catching colds and flu. Keep warm Granny was right – keeping warm can … Continue Reading