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December 27, 2016

The 2017 limits related to health savings accounts (“HSA”) and the corresponding high deductible health plans (“HDHP”) are as follows:
HSA Contribution Limit

  • Single: $3,400 (an increase of $50 from 2016)

  • Family: $6,750 (no change from the 2016 limit)

  • Catch-up contributions for those age 55 and older remains at $1,000

HDHP Minimum Deductible (not applicable to preventive services)

  • Single: $1,300 (unchanged from 2016)

  • Family: $2,600 (unchanged from 2016)

HDHP Maximum Out-o...

December 20, 2016

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December 16, 2016

from the HR Support Center

California Law Alert

December 16th, 2016 18:00

 California Exempt Employee Minimum Salary Increase

On January 1, 2017, the minimum salary for exempt employees who work for employers with 26 or more employees is increasing from $41,600 to $43,680 per year.

Although the federal overtime rule changes are currently on hold, California’s state law – requiring that exempt employees make at least twice the state minimum wage on a monthly basis – is still in effect. Employers wit...

December 8, 2016

Virtual care is becoming a new benefit category starting Jan. 1, 2017. Group Health’s virtual-care services have been popular with members for many years: We introduced secure messaging via MyGroupHealth in 2000, followed by phone visits, and finally by our online diagnosis and treatment tool that’s currently known as CareNow. In 2017, we plan to expand our virtual capabilities to include a video component.

We’ve always known that virtual care is a great way to make health care more convenient fo...

December 8, 2016

Trump Promises To Reduce Prescription Drug Prices As President.

The Washington Post  (12/7, Johnson) reports that in his Time ‘Person of the Year’ interview, President-elect Donald Trump promised, “I’m going to bring down drug prices. I don’t like what has happened with drug prices.” According to the Post, “drug companies may refrain from big price hikes simply to stay out of his crosshairs, since the pharmaceutical industry – already under intense scrutiny because of price hikes – could be an ea...

December 6, 2016

Analysis Indicates Rising Premiums Pushing More Working Families To Enroll Children In Medicaid, CHIP.

McClatchy  (12/5, Pugh) reports the rising cost of health insurance is “causing more low-income parents to cover their children through federal programs even if they have job-based health coverage for themselves.” An analysis conducted by PolicyLab revealed that between 2008 and 2013, “the number of youngsters in low- and moderate-income families who were covered by Medicaid and the Children’s H...

December 5, 2016

Leading the News

Ryan Says GOP’s Top Priority In January Will Be ACA Repeal.

During a CBS’ 60 Minutes (12/4) interview, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said once President-elect Donald Trump takes office, “the first bill we’re going to be working on is our Obamacare legislation.” Asked if the 20 million people who gained access to healthcare coverage because of the ACA would lose it, Ryan insisted, “No, we want to make sure that we have a good transition period, so that people can get better covera...

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