Ask the Experts: Electronic Delivery of ERISA Notices | Virginia Benefit Advisors

Q. Can we provide summary plan descriptions (SPDs) electronically? A. Yes. However, just sending them is not enough to meet ERISA requirements; you must ensure the intended recipients are actually getting them. Specifically, ERISA requires SPDs to be furnished using “measures reasonably calculated to ensure actual receipt of the material” via “methods likely to result … Continued

Benefits Easy: Intro to Self-Funding | Virginia Benefit Advisors

As we head into the second month of 2018, companies have already begun the arduous task of submitting budgets and finding ways to cut costs for the new year. One of the most effective ways to combat increasing health care costs for companies is to move to a Self-Funded insurance plan. By paying for claims out-of-pocket instead … Continued

Federal Employment Law Update – January 2018 | Virginia Benefit Advisors

WHD Revises Test for Unpaid Internships On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB No. 2018-2) establishing that the primary beneficiary test, rather than the six-point test, will determine whether interns at for-profit employers are employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act … Continued

Oral Health = Overall Health | Virginia Employee Benefits

Have you heard the saying “the eyes are the window to your soul”? Well, did you know that your mouth is the window into what is going on with the rest of your body? Poor dental health contributes to major systemic health problems. Conversely, good dental hygiene can help improve your overall health.  As a … Continued

Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan J | Virginia Benefits Advisors

Medicare supplement insurance Plan J is one of 12 health plans that seniors on Medicare can purchase to cover expenses not covered by Medicare. Called Medigap, the policies are sold by private insurers and provide various levels of coverage. The plans are labeled A though L. Benefits Some of the benefits covered by Plan J … Continued

What Is Medical Insurance Premium? | Virginia Benefit Advisors

The many fees associated with medical insurance can be confusing. Premiums are the fees paid for medical coverage for a specific benefit period. In addition to premiums, other out-of-pocket expenses include co-payments and deductibles, all of which vary with the insurance you have. Medical Insurance Premiums As with car insurance or home insurance, a medical … Continued