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The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Membership Benefits Program

AIS is excited to partner with the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) to create a competitive, high-quality, and discounted membership benefits package specifically tailored to the needs of cattlemen and women. This unique benefits package includes health plans, dental, vision, and hearing plans, long-term care coverage, disability and accident insurance, cancer treatment coverage and much more. How to get started Through a private exchange, members can enroll online for health plans including short-term medical, dental/vision/hearing plans through Ameritas and Medicare supplements. Health plans may ... Read more

AIS is heading to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention

This July 21-23, 2016 marks the 64th Annual OCA Convention and Trade Show to take place in Norman, Oklahoma. The theme, “Bold Plans for a Bright Future,” encompasses all the OCA stands for. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association is the only organization that is solely focused on beef cattle production at the Oklahoma State Legislature. Their main goals are to serve, strengthen and advocate for the Oklahoma cattle industry. The Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association, as well as the Oklahoma CattleWomen’s Association will ... Read more

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE NOTICES

Beginning in late June, 2016, employers began receiving notices from the Marketplaces indicating one of their employees has qualified for advance premium tax credits. Many are asking what is this notice and how should it be dealt with. The following explains what the notice is and what steps an employer should consider taking. Background Under Section 1411(e)(4) of the Affordable Care Act, a Marketplace must notify an employer if any of its employees is determined to be eligible for a premium assistance credit (or ... Read more

Changes Coming to the Fair Labor Standards Act

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor issued revisions to Part 541 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding overtime regulations. These changes are set to take effect on December 1, 2016. So what does that mean for you as an individual or a business owner? Two main areas will be affected. Salary Threshold The first change to FLSA regulations addresses the salary threshold for which employees must be paid overtime. Up until this change, any employee making below $455 per ... Read more

HSA and Medicare Enrollment – Understanding the Rules

 HSA and Medicare Enrollment - Understanding the Rules There are specific rules that pertain to the interplay between a Health Savings Account (HSA) and enrollment in Medicare.  A good understanding of the rules can help a company work with its employees in determining what they can and cannot do at the time they become eligible for Medicare. We are frequently asked…if an employee can still contribute to an HSA if they do not enroll in Medicare. The simple answer is yes.  But.  There ... Read more

Clarifying Preventive vs. Diagnostic Services

How do you determine when a service is considered preventive, screening, routine, or diagnostic? AIS and People 1st Health Strategies, Inc., is looking to help you gain more of an understanding when it comes to your health care and the services that you receive. We hope this helps clarify and ease some of the uncertainty regarding these services.   Give AIS, Inc. a call today for any questions or concerns you may have about health care, benefits, or anything else! To receive information on how ... Read more

The Department of Labor announced the new Final Rule to the FLSA White Collar Exemptions.

Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Regulations The Final Rule will: Raise the salary threshold indicating eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476 per year), ensuring protections to 4.2 million workers. Automatically update the salary threshold every three years, based on wage growth over time, increasing predictability. Raise the “highly compensated” threshold from $100,000 per year to $134,004.   The final rule will become effective on December 1, 2016, giving employers more than six months to prepare.  In addition, the final rule does not make any changes to the duties ... Read more

Navigating the Difficult Healthcare Industry

AIS Can Help You Navigate the Difficult Healthcare Industry A recent national Harris poll commissioned by Accolade, a healthcare concierge company, is shedding some light on the current healthcare system and how consumers feel about it. The numbers are a bit troubling. Participants were asked questions about how they would rate the ease of our current system, how confident they are in their knowledge of healthcare, and how they would rate their experience overall. When rating the ease of the current healthcare marketplace, ... Read more

What is the Cadillac Tax?

So What Is The Cadillac Tax? The “Cadillac Tax” refers to an annual excise tax on high-cost employer sponsored health insurance, but what does this actually mean? Below you will find the Anatomy of the Cadillac Tax that will walk you through what the Cadillac Tax actually means; What is the purpose of the Cadillac Tax, How is the tax calculated, who pays the Cadillac tax, and what is included in the tax. Give AIS, Inc. a call today for any questions or concerns ... Read more

AIS is Ready for the 2016 Agri-Marketing Conference!

AIS Is Attending the Agri-Marketing 2016 Confrence! As a member of The National Agri-Marketing Association (the nation's largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness), Association Insurance Services, Inc. is excited to announce its attendance at the upcoming 2016 Agri-Marketing Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Kansas City at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel, April 13th-15th. With over 1,200 professionals in attendance, the Agri-Marketing Conference promises to be an educational and successful event. With strong ties to the marketing and agribusiness ... Read more
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