Not understanding the basics of how a plan works can significantly drive up healthcare costs for your employees. If you or a loved one has faced unexpected medical bills, you’ve felt the stress and limbic system response. There are a ton of health insurance gotchas, but I’ve narrowed...
Aug 25, 2020
10 Things Your Employees Need to Know about Health Plans
In most companies, the first international new hires are salespeople. Typically, the head of sales comes to HR and says something like, “Hey, we’re going to expand” or “I just hired someone in Ireland.” (Or Bolivia, or The Netherlands, or ________ ). Now it’s i...
Jul 31, 2020
Going Global with Benefits
The public health national emergency has officially been extended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through October 23, 2020. HHS must renew public health emergencies every 90 days. The Implication for Group Health Plans This means the U.S. Department of...
Jul 24, 2020
U.S. Public Health Emergency Officially Extended

Top 10 Remote Employee Perks & Resources

Remote work during a pandemic is an unprecedented situation. As employers extend their work from home plans through the end of 2020 (or beyond), HR teams are seeking ways to support their new remote workforce above and beyond health care, EAPs, ...

Jul 15, 2020

Lumity Welcomes New Benefits Consultant Nicholas Beckman

Lumity is excited to announce benefits industry veteran Nicholas Beckman has joined Lumity as a Benefits Consultant. Nick will be responsible for defining and implementing the benefits strategy for several of the country's leading technology...

Jun 11, 2020

Finding Funds For Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives

As HR professionals lean in and lead their people through a time of racial reckoning on top of a global pandemic, the urgency for securing funds for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), anti-racist programs, and mental health initiativ...

Jun 05, 2020

7 Strategies to Reduce Employer Health Plan Costs—Despite a Pandemic

What I’m about to share is probably not what you would expect. In a pandemic year, you could very well get a favorable (or even negative) health plan renewal rate. Especially if you’re a tech employer. Seems incredulous, on the surface...

May 25, 2020

Before a RIF, factor in small vs large group health plan costs

If you’re contemplating a reduction in force (RIF) to cut your operational costs, it’s critical to avoid this all-too-common mistake. Large vs Small Group Health Plan Costs If the RIF will drop you down from large group to small gro...

Apr 29, 2020

Unintended Consequences of Employer COBRA Subsidies

Last week, benefits compliance attorney Marilyn Monahan presented a webinar on “COBRA in the time of COVID-19.” And one topic came up that deserves more attention regarding employer COBRA subsidies. Layoffs, unfortunately, have become...

Apr 13, 2020