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Alera Group Acquires Broad Reach Benefits, LLC

DEERFIELD, IL  — Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced that it has acquired Broad Reach Benefits, LLC, effective February 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not announced. Broad Reach Benefits, headquartered in Madison, New Jersey, offers a wide range of employee benefits services and assists its clients by overseeing the entire employee …

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District Court Judge in Texas Strikes Down the ACA – But Law Remains In Effect for Now

On Friday, December 14, a federal judge in Texas issued a partial ruling that strikes down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional.  The White House has stated that the law will remain in place, however, pending the appeal process.  The case, Texas v. U.S., will be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals …

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IRS Extends Deadline for Furnishing Form 1095, Extends Good-Faith Transition Relief

IRS Extends Deadline for Furnishing Form 1095, Extends Good-Faith Transition Relief The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2018-94, extending the deadline for furnishing 2018 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals from January 31, 2019 to March 4, 2019, as well as penalty relief for good-faith reporting errors.  The due date for filing the …

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IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2019, Adjusts Other Benefit Limits

On November 15, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2018-57, which raises the health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit by $50 to $2,700 for plan years beginning in 2019. The Revenue Procedure also contains the cost-of-living adjustments that apply to dollar limitations in certain sections of the Internal Revenue …

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Alera Group Acquires Pennsylvania Financial Services Firm

Latest Acquisition Expands Wealth Management Expertise DEERFIELD, IL — Alera Group, a leading national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Perspective Financial Group. Terms of the transaction were not announced. Perspective Financial Group (Perspective), is a wealth management firm headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania that has been serving their clients …

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Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

Medical Loss Ratio Rebates Under the Affordable Care Act The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has provided guidance on the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA’s”) medical loss ratio (“MLR”) rule, which requires health insurers to spend a certain percentage of premium dollars on claims or activities that improve health care quality or provide …

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Alera Group Expands P&C Platform with Alliance Acquisition

DEERFIELD, IL (July 10, 2018) — Alera Group announced it has acquired a controlling interest in The Insurance Alliance of Central Pennsylvania (“The Alliance”), effective July 1. The Alliance provides support to 10 firms in Pennsylvania, including three firms that were previously acquired by Alera Group. In acquiring The Alliance, Alera Group immediately expands its …

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Alera Group Acquires Second Nevada Firm

DEERFIELD, IL (June 25, 2018) — Alera Group, a leading national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Menath Insurance. Terms of the transactions were not announced. Menath Insurance, headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada, is a comprehensive insurance firm that has been serving clients in the western United States …

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DOL Releases Final Rule Expanding Association Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule expanding the opportunity of unrelated employers of all sizes (but particularly small employers) to offer employment-based health insurance through Association Health Plans (AHPs).  Significantly, the final rule applies “large group” coverage rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to qualifying AHPs.  The final rule …

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Alera Group Expands Southwestern Presence by Adding Nevada Firm

DEERFIELD, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV — Alera Group, a leading national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Kaercher Insurance, which includes Kaercher Campbell, Kaercher Insurance Agency and Sundance Insurance. Terms of the transactions were not announced. Kaercher Insurance, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, offers industry-leading employee benefit services, property …

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