PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 25th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the topic of Health Care and Other Benefits that remain top-of-mind for plan sponsor clients. Our adviser readers may focus on 401(k) plans and pensions, but the stories below demonstrate the important intersections of health and wealth.
Health Care and Other Benefits
Couples’ Retirement Health Care Cost Projections Approach $300K
One Fidelity benefits consulting executive describes the inflation in retiree health care expenses as insidious and unrelenting. Read more >
Fiduciary Reforms Will Impact Expanding HSA Market
The DOL fiduciary rule expansion establishes ERISA fair dealing requirements in the sale and service of health savings accounts; employers have a lot of questions about what this means. Read more >
Benefits Programs Integrating Health and Financial Wellness
Providers are redesigning benefits programs to focus on health, financial wellness, job satisfaction and productivity. Read more >
Majority of Small Businesses Do Not Offer Retirement, Health Benefits
Seventeen percent of respondents to a survey by Paychex said they did not see the need to offer retirement benefits to their employees. Read more >
Sponsors Think ‘Rothification’ of 401(k)s Would Deter Participation
This is according to a survey by the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets Inc. of its members. Read more >
Student Loan Assistance Trumps 401ks for Many Employees
However, the CEO of IonTuition says employees need to take a balanced approach to plan for their future and deal with immediate needs at the same time. Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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