Financial Wellness @ Work

How to Thank and Help Our Future Veterans

With Veteran’s Day around the corner, we stop to thank those, past and present, who have served our nation and protected our freedoms. We all know that they volunteer to spend time away from home and family and risk their lives to keep us safe. The tragic stories of service members suffering from PTSD and life altering injuries tear at our hearts. What no one talks about is the financial hardships that many of our service members face.  Read more

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The Changing Landscape of Health Insurance

Now that we are in the midst of open-enrollment season, this is a great time to start looking at how the trends in health insurance may impact you and your family. In the last few weeks, Wal-Mart has announced that they will no longer offer health insurance to certain part-time employees. Other large employers are rolling out new plans that will either charge a steep premium to cover spouses that have coverage available at their employer, or they are not offering coverage to those spouses with their own option at all. In addition to all of this, there is an undeniable trend towards high-deductible health plans paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA)Read more

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Enjoy Labor Day and Put Your Benefits to Work for You

Labor Day weekend is always an enjoyable time in our family’s household as we usually try to get in a trip to the beach, have a cookout, and welcome in the college football season (which is a pretty big deal in our part of the world). Hopefully you and your friends and family have been able to work some fun into the schedule over the long weekend. (If you had to actually clock in at work today, be sure to find some time for rest and relaxation soon to make up for working on the federal holiday.) Read more

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Do You Know the Difference Between an HSA and an FSA?

Fall has arrived, and that means open enrollment is just right around the corner. For many employees, this provides the window of opportunity to sign up for either an HSA or FSA in order to set aside pre-tax dollars for your out-of-pocket healthcare costs.  Not quite sure what the difference is between these 2 types of accounts? Well, you are not alone.  In a recent Fidelity survey, two-thirds of those surveyed said they simply do not understand how an HSA works and “a full 73 percent of respondents said an HSA is pretty much the same thing as a health FSA or were unsure, and the ‘use it or lose it’ provision of FSAs was one of the most commonly misunderstood differences between the account types.”  Read more

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Can Your 401(k) Be Part of Your Emergency Fund?

One of the results from our recent research report that has gotten a lot of attention is that we saw an increase in the number of employees’ accessing their 401(k) balances through loans and hardship withdrawals from about a quarter in 2011 to about a third in 2012. The conventional wisdom is that this means employees need to do a better job with money management and in particular, building an emergency fund of at least 3-6 months of necessary expenses and maybe even more. For someone just starting out, I think this is absolutely true.  Read more

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Lessons from an Action Packed Baby Shower

What’s the new craze for baby showers?  They’re not co-ed and action-packed, based on the party I attended this past weekend for my stepson and daughter-in-law’s first child.  The baby shower was held at the bowling alley, and after presents and cake, we all bowled for an hour, with the exception of the mother-to-be, since she already has a bowling ball size belly.   Read more

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Lessons from a Final Farewell

This past weekend, I said a sad final farewell to a friend.  Just a few months shy of his 50th birthday, he passed away after a long battle with Machado-Joseph’s Disease. The symptoms remind me of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, only in slow motion, with a very slow progression of muscle control.   Read more

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Help Your Vets this Remembrance Day

This week is the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which is recognized nationally every December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and established by Congress in 1994 (but it is not a federal holiday).  There are very few veterans left who saw active duty in World War II, but there are many younger veterans who have been brave enough to serve our country and may even be found on your workforce roster. You probably do a good job keeping your employees up to date on their benefits menu, but how do those employer-sponsored benefits coordinate with their military benefits?   Read more

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The Intersection of Health and Wealth Planning

An interesting topic I heard repeatedly at this month’s ISCEBS Symposium in San Francisco had to do with the concern of future health care costs becoming a critical variable in the retirement income equation.  Several of the major plan providers held sessions that focused on the next generation of retirement planning tools that will be needed to recognize and personalize health-related issues.  By now, most of us have heard the estimate of close to a quarter million dollars that a 65 year old married couple may face in out-of-pocket health costs throughout the rest of their lives.  But since that’s an average, some will need much more. Some will need much less.   This will depend on the health and medical needs of the retired couple, so that is why Putnam Investments has recently introduced a new retirement calculator that incorporates 7 data points from a health risk assessment into the income needs formula to estimate future projected healthcare expenses.   Read more

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