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Crane Agency Named as one of St. Louis Business Journal’s 2019 Healthiest Employers

Each year, the St. Louis Business Journal highlights companies who are committed to the health & well-being of its employees. These awards recognize local organizations for going beyond traditional wellness programs with innovative systems that get results.  Friday, St. Louis Business Journal recognized Crane Agency as winner of the 2019 Healthiest Employer award of businesses in the 250-499 employee range.

Under the leadership of Margot Gruenewald, Director of Human Resources, Crane Agency’s HR team promotes activities for employees that are healthy and fun.  From scavenger hunts to biometric screenings, Crane’s Wellness Program encourages healthy choices and social interaction that reduce stress and promote team building.

You can find the complete article highlighting Crane Agency here:   opens in a new windowHealthiest Employers 2019: With Crane Agency’s wellness program, fitness is actually fun

Thank you to all our employees for your continued engagement and support.  We are truly honored to receive this prestigious award.

Benefits Brief – January 2019

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the opens in a new windowJanuary 2019 edition of the Crane Agency Benefits Brief.  This month you will find information on several legislative and compliance updates, which may impact your benefits program in 2019.  These changes include updated minimum wage rates for 2019 and the EEOC’s removal of incentive limits from employer-sponsored Wellness Plans.  In addition, we have provided an overview of Paid Family & Medical Leave laws recently enacted in MA, NY, WA & DC.  In the HR Brief, we have provided some updated plan limits for 2019, along with tips to prepare for “Gen Z” entering the workforce.  Finally, our Live Well, Work Well Newsletter provides health & wellness tips for your work and life in the coming year.

Thank you for your continued confidence in the Crane Agency Benefits Department.  It is our pleasure to serve you.  Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative if we can be of assistance.

We made the list! 2018 St. Louis Largest Employee Benefits Firms

For the 3rd year in a row, Crane Agency is proud to announce it has made the opens in a new windowSt. Louis Business Journal Largest Employee Benefits Firms list.

At Crane Agency, we know our clients benefits package is their #1 tool for attracting and retaining the best talent. Offering a strong benefits package shows employees that a company is not only invested in their health, but their future.  Our Employee Benefits team understands the importance of delivering timely service and simplifying the administrative process, so you can focus on what matters most… your business.

For more information, please contact us today.

Crane Agency – April Wellness Newsletter, HR Brief, Benefits Buzz & Compliance Updates

Welcome to our April Wellness Newsletter.  The opens in a new windowLive Well, Work Well newsletter opens PDF file is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance.  This month’s issue provides information on how phlegm can help fight off illnesses, lists tips on how to monitor rice intake to minimize arsenic consumption and highlights the importance of getting enough calcium.

You will also find attached this month’s opens in a new windowBenefits Buzzopens PDF file and opens in a new windowHR Briefopens PDF file .  This month’s opens in a new windowBenefits Buzzopens PDF file provides an overview of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its implications, and explains the most recent extension to the existing transition policy for certain noncompliant health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.  This month’s opens in a new windowHR Brief opens PDF file discusses best practices for retirement preparation, explains the value of health literacy and provides insight about millennial retention.

On March 24, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act – their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the ACA.  As a result, the ACA will remain in place at this time.  The attached opens in a new windowACA Compliance Bulletin opens PDF file provides an overview of the proposed legislation and the impact going forward.

Thank you for your continued confidence in the Benefits Department of the Crane Agency.  Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative with any additional questions.

Crane Agency – One of St. Louis’ Largest Employee Benefits Firms

Did you know for the last two years, Crane Agency has been named one of St. Louis’ Largest Employee Benefits Firms by the opens in a new windowSt. Louis Business Journal?  Crane is your single-source solution for benefits consulting and cost management. We maintain strong relationships with all national and regional medical insurance companies, as well as all the major life, dental, disability, and voluntary worksite underwriters.  More importantly, we are committed to efficiency, transparency, and service. We don’t just manage your benefits—we serve as your advocate in an uncertain world.

Crane Agency – March Wellness Newsletter, HR Brief, Benefits Buzz & Compliance Updates

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Please find attached your March Wellness Newsletter from The Charles L. Crane Agency.  The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. This month’s issue provides tax preparation tips, examines lowering workplace stress levels and lists tips for spring break travel plans.

You will also find attached this month’s Benefits Buzz and HR Brief.  This month’s Benefits Buzz looks ahead at what the ACA might look like under President Trump, discusses the challenges to becoming health care literate and explains block grants and their importance.   This month’s HR Brief gives an overview of company culture and its importance, provides an update on the status of the delayed overtime rule and briefly explains how the national average wage increase may impact your company.

In other news, we continue to receive a number of questions regarding the impact on Health Care Reform (PPACA) as a result of the Trump administration.  On February 15, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to help stabilize the individual and small group markets. It is the first example of how the Secretary of HHS may reduce the “economic burden” of the Affordable Care Act, as directed in the January 20, 2017 Executive Order issued by the White House. The proposed changes impact a number of existing regulations specific to individual and small group market plans, effective for the 2018 plan year.

The proposed rule does not directly impact large group or expatriate health plans, but rather intends to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplace, provide more flexibility to states and insurers, and give individual health plan consumers more coverage options. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the proposed changes aim to help protect enrollees in the individual and small group markets while future reforms are being debated.  We expect more details from the current administration this week and welcome any/all questions as your advisor.

Thank you for your continued confidence in the Benefits Department of the Crane Agency.  Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative with any additional questions.

Crane Agency – February Wellness Newsletter, HR Brief, Benefits Buzz & Compliance Updates

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Please find attached your February Wellness Newsletter from The Charles L. Crane Agency.  The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. This month’s issue provides heart disease prevention strategies in honor of American Heart Month, highlights the dangers of e-cigarettes and lists three tips for hosting a safe Super Bowl party.

You will also find attached this month’s Benefits Buzz and HR Brief.  This month’s Benefits Buzz provides an overview of the 21st Century Cures Act (Act), explains the highlights of the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018 and discusses the latest developments with the Republican lawmakers’ proposed budget resolution that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This month’s HR Brief gives five examples of over-the-phone tax scams to avoid, provides an overview of employee leave-sharing and donation programs, and explains how two technology industry leaders are changing the way employers recruit talent.

We have also included an updated 2017 Compliance Chart highlighting Notice and Disclosure rules.  Thank you for your continued confidence in the Benefits Department of the Crane Agency.  Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative with any additional questions.

Crane Agency – January Wellness Newsletter, HR Brief & Benefits Buzz

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Please find attached your January Wellness Newsletter from Crane Agency.  The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. This month’s issue includes a summary of how the New Year may impact your benefits, explains the difference between making a lifestyle change focused New Year’s resolution versus a quick change focused resolution and offers information on National Blood Donor Month.

You will also find attached this month’s Benefits Buzz and HR Brief.  This month’s Benefits Buzz discusses the latest developments with the overtime rule delay, highlights the delayed ACA reporting deadlines and provides a brief overview of President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office.  This month’s HR Brief explains the significance of the DOL overtime rule being blocked, offers suggestions for handling post-election tension in the office and provides insight for retaining millennial workers.

Thank you for your continued confidence in the Benefits Department of the Crane Agency.  Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative with any additional questions.

Crane Agency – December Wellness Newsletter, HR Brief & Benefits Buzz

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Please find attached your December Wellness Newsletter from Crane Agency.  The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. This month’s issue includes a summary of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Safe Sleep guidelines, information on how positive relationships with your co-workers can improve your health and tips for reducing holiday stress.

You will also find attached this month’s Benefits Buzz and HR Brief.  This month’s Benefits Buzz discusses the increased premium costs of the 2017 Marketplace, introduces the new flexible spending account (FSA) limits for 2017 and provides a brief overview of the 2016 election and its potential impact on compliance issues. This month’s HR Brief gives an overview of the IRS retirement updates, summarizes the report of decreasing workplace injuries and illnesses and offers suggestions on how to protect your business from cyber-crime.

Thank you for your continued confidence in the Benefits Department of the Crane Agency.  Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative with any additional questions.