Foundation Publication Search Results

These summaries were compiled from Foundation Publications Search, a database of articles, research reports and books published by the International Foundation and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.


Association Health Plans: An Opportunity, With Risks.
Weiler, Ross D.; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 pp 40-45 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : A regulation issued in 2018 for association health plans (AHPs) has the stated purpose of expanding access to more affordable, high-quality health insurance. This article explains the rules and looks at their potential impact on insurance markets.
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Decisions Reversed in Public Employees' Disability Claims.
Goodman, Lindsay M.; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 pp 62, 64 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The New Jersey Supreme Court reverses lower court decisions in two cases, finding that the defendant erred in its benefits determinations regarding claims for accidental disability benefits.
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Losing Health Care Coverage: Understanding the Options.
Cheng, Tony; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 pp 46-50 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : People who lose health insurance coverage through an employer or multiemployer plan have several alternatives for gaining coverage. This article offers a look at the pros and cons of the available options.
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Other Recent Decisions.
Goodman, Lindsay M.; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 pp 75-77 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Summarizes cases on preemption, disability benefits, retiree health care and health care.
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Sixth Circuit Reverses Finding of Vested Lifetime Benefits.
Goodman, Lindsay M.; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 pp 63-34 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The Sixth Circuit reverses a district court judgment, finding that the applicable collective bargaining agreements are unambiguous and did not intend to vest retiree health care benefits for life.
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Washington Update: $4.3 Million HIPAA Penalty for Breach of Unencrypted PHI.
Goodman, Lindsay M.; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 p 74 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administrative law judge (ALJ) ruled that a cancer treatment center violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
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Withdrawal Liability: Alternative Payment Rules and the Role of PBGC.
Egelberg, Jay K.; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 pp34-39 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued guidance in April 2018 for multiemployer pension funds that want to adopt alternative withdrawal liability payment arrangements.
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Antiassignment Clauses in ERISA-Governed Health Plans Are Enforceable.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 pp 56, 58 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirms a district court dismissal of a case questioning the enforceability of antiassignment clauses in health insurance plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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Benefit Trends: Employee Benefits Key to Recruitment and Retention.
Held, Justin; Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 pp 8-10 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Discusses some of the findings of the 2018 International Foundation "Employee Benefits Survey."
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Claims for Benefit Denial May Proceed Despite Plan Exclusion.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 pp 60, 61 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington grants in part and denies in part the defendants' motion to dismiss regarding the plaintiff health plan participants claims for violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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Curing Low Health Care Literacy.
Buckey, Kim A.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no 9 pp 16-20 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : How many of your health plan participants can correctly define the terms "deductible" or "copay?" Low health care literacy can drive up health care costs for employees and employers.
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Mental Health and the Evolving Workplace.
Kaufman, Heather; Turowicz, Lucy; Plans & Trusts; v36 no5 pp 10-15 Sep/Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : As the labour force becomes increasingly mobile and isolated, so too have employers seen a rise in mental health disorders among employees - including high-performing and younger workers. Cognitive behaviour therapy, in person or online, may provide a path for employers looking to help employees return to health and productivity.
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Mindfulness and Stress Management: Creating Cultures of Optimal Performance.
Schmidt, Lisa R.; Plans & Trusts; v36 no5 pp 16-22 Sep/Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Stress, which comes with a $33 billion annual price tag for the Canadian economy, is one of the driving forces behind escalating employee benefit costs. Through mindfulness and stress management, employers can potentially reduce those costs and create a healthier culture for employees.
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Other Recent Decisions.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 pp 72-75 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Summarizes cases on benefit denial, disability benefits, claims procedures and statute of limitations.
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Quick Look: 2018 Employee Benefits Survey Highlights.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 p 11 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The sixth International Foundation "Employee Benefit Survey" provides benchmarking data on the benefit offerings of 677 organizations representing nearly 20 industries and ranging in size from fewer than 50 to more than 10,000 employees. Respondents answered questions on a wide variety of retirement, health and other benefit topics, including voluntary and work/life benefits.
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Seeing Clearly: Vision Benefits.
Gimbel, Bill; Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 pp 50-54 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Whether they are employer-paid or voluntary, vision benefits can help lower the cost of vision care for employees and encourage them to seek routine eye exams. This article discusses available coverage options and what plan sponsors should consider when offering vision benefits.
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Washington Update: IRS Provides Relief to Employers Administering HSA Contributions.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 p 71 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : After a big push by employers and various industry groups, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2018-27 on April 26, 2018 to allow employers to use $6,900 as the heath savings account (HSA) contribution limit for those with family coverage under high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018.
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What's Working: Custom Communications Drive Plan Participation.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v55 no 9 pp 12-14 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Hennepin Healthcare used a custom communications campaign to boost participation in its retirement plans and increase the amount of money employees were saving.
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What's Working: Improving Mental Health.
Hartman, Robert J.; Plans & Trusts; v36 no5 pp 7-9 Sep/Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : When registered psychologist Andrew Miki, Ph.D., started seeing more teachers enter his private practice, it sparked an idea for an online program that could support members while providing scale and cost efficiencies for organizations.
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Word On Benefits: Coordinating Employer Health Plans with Medicare.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 p 78 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Questions and answers for benefit professionals and employees to learn about how Medicare coordinates with employer-sponsored health plans. This popular post from the International Foundation's blog first appeared in April 12, 2018.
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Conversation With Nathalie Le Prohon.
Plans & Trusts; v36 no4 pp 8-10 Jul/Aug 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Medical data is expected to double every 73 days by 2020, and technology can help the health care industry manage that data. Natalie Le Prohon presented "Transforming Health Care for the Next Generations" at the 2018 Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference.
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Court of Appeal Rules That Benefit Plans May Exclude Marijuana Coverage.
Rose, Jessica; Plans & Trusts; v36 no4 pp 32-33 Jul/Aug 2018; journal article

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Abstract : In a case before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, it was found that the Human Rights Board of Inquiry erred in its application of the prima facie test for discrimination.
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CRA Announces Phaseout of Health and Welfare Trusts.
Tomassini, Roberto; Heath-Rawlings, Jesse; Plans & Trusts; v36 no4 pp 30-31, 36 Jul/Aug 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The 2018 federal budget, released on February 27, 2018, included a somewhat surprising announcement regarding the phaseout of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) health and welfare trust (HWT) administrative policy, in favour of the employee life and health trust (ELHT) statutory rules.
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Denial of LTD Benefits Features Conflicting Physician Reports.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no7 pp 62, 64 Jul 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York grants the motion for summary judgment by the defendant insurance company regarding its initial decision to terminate the plaintiff's long-term disability (LTD) benefits but finds that it cannot award either party's motion for summary judgment regarding the appeal due to a genuine issue as to the material fact of the plaintiff's medical condition.
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Fifth Circuit Standard of Review Reconsidered for Benefit Denial Cases.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no7 pp 55, 58 Jul 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit grants the plaintiff health care plan beneficiary's request to reconsider the 1991 court decision in Pierre v. Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, 932 F.2d 1552 (5th Cir. 1991), which created a circuit split and established a bifurcated standard of review for challenges to the denial of benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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