Category: Group Benefits

Should I Offer My Employees Critical Illness Insurance?

Critical illness insurance is designed to compensate policyholders in a lump payment if they are diagnosed with a range of illnesses as listed in the policy. These policies can also be structured to make a series of payments based on the policyholder’s condition and ongoing medical treatments. Also known as catastrophic illness insurance, it covers major health emergencies, such as heart attack, cancer, or stroke....

What Are The Minimum & Maximum I Can Contribute To My 401(k) Each Year?

There is no minimum amount you are required to contribute to your 401(k). However, there are suggested amounts to help maximize your retirement potential. There is a maximum amount you are allowed to contribute to a 401(k) annually, as established under federal law. What Are the Suggested Amounts for 401(k) Contributions? By the time you reach age 35, some financial experts say you should have...

My 401(k) Is "Frozen" — What Does This Mean & Why Did It Happen?

The decision to freeze a 401(k) is made by company management. This often occurs after a merger, while the new company decides what to do with its inherited 401(k) plan. If your 401(k) has been frozen, you won’t be able to make any withdrawals or make any new contributions as long as the freeze continues. In most cases, you can move assets from one investment...

Will My HSA Expire If I Stop Contributing To It?

A health savings account (HSA) is designed to stay with you for life, but you could lose it if you don’t use it. The following is information you may not know about your HSA, including how to keep it if you have stopped using it. What Is An HSA? HSAs were created to make medical expenses more affordable. They allow people with high-deductible health plans...

Traditional 401(k) Vs. Roth 401(k)

The Roth 401(k) was introduced in 2006 and is becoming increasingly more common. The bigger the company, the more likely it is that employees will have the option of contributing to a Roth 401(k). Although the traditional 401(k) and the Roth 401(k) share some similarities, there are also major differences between the two. What Is A Roth 401(k)? A Roth 401(k) is a type of...