Affordability Safe Harbors May Not Be As Safe with New Overtime Exemption Rules

July 5th, 2016

By: By Carol Taylor, Director of Compliance and Health Plan Collaborative, D & S Agency, A UBA Partner Firm The new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime exemption rules increase the salary threshold from $23,660 a year to $47,476 annually, beginning December 1, 2016. This means that employees earning less than the threshold can no longer […]

Soaring Specialty Pharmacy Drug Prices Leave Consumers Feeling Rather Ill

June 28th, 2016

By:Carol Taylor, Director of Compliance and Health Plan Collaborative, D & S Agency, A UBA Partner Firm In the early 2000s, prescription costs were around 20 percent of total medical claim spend. This number stayed relatively unchanged for a number of years. Recently, this number has been increasing at an alarming rate. In the early- […]

United Benefit Advisors (UBA) Reaches Membership Milestone

July 26th, 2011

Advantages of Affiliation with a National Organization Continue to Help Independent Benefit Advisors Deliver Superior Value to Employers Roanoke, Virginia/July 25, 2011/ — United Benefit Advisors (UBA) (, a member-owned alliance of the nation’s premier independent benefit advisory firms, announced today that it has increased the organization’s membership to 145 Member Firms.  Since its official […]

Tweaked Rules, Court Ruling Cast More Doubt on Impact of PPACA

July 15th, 2011

The federal government continued to rework regulations stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in June amid a key court ruling and a wave of studies that tried to forecast how employers will cope with the long-term effects of the law. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) tweaked a regulation […]

Fairness, Age Can Play Major Roles in Employee Morale

July 15th, 2011

After several years that saw pay freezes, layoffs and cuts to benefits, it’s not surprising that employee morale has taken a serious hit. While employers can’t always control economic conditions and are sometimes forced to make these hard choices, they’re not powerless when it comes to boosting workplace morale, even in tough times, experts say. […]

Medical Records

June 21st, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking comments on a proposed change that would expand the HIPAA Privacy disclosure rule regarding electronic health records. The rule, which amends the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act), grants plan participants the right to view an access report that […]

IRS Announced 2012 Limits for HDHPS and HSAs.

June 21st, 2011

Federal regulators have been busy recently with their own version of spring cleaning, announcing tweaks to Medicare notices, health savings account limits and a host of other proposed rules that would affect employer-sponsored health care plans. The work started in late May when the IRS announced 2012 limits for high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health […]

Wellness Cuts Hospital Trips

May 11th, 2011

Study: Wellness Cuts Hospital Trips A new study finds that wellness programs that incorporate positive incentives can lead to behavior change that, over time, is associated with lower health care costs. Wellness Source: PLANSPONSOR 02-May-2011 By Rebecca Moore A retrospective study examined the changes in participation in verified fitness activities and the impact on hospital […]

NAHU Capitol Conference

February 21st, 2011

On February 14 through February 16th Bill Kite was on Capitol Hill talking with our Senators and Congressman regarding health care.  He was able to speak with several our local representatives.

Anthem Elite Agency Recognition Event

October 26th, 2009

Bill Kite represented D & S Agency at the Anthem Elite Agency Recognition Event held Thursday, October 22, 2009 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.