Posts Tagged ‘OPEB’

A man and a woman reviewing Medicare Advantage Plans

Wading through all of the insurance plans out there can be overwhelming. Have you seen the Joe Namath commercials yet where he hypes up all the benefits of Medicare Advantage? With so many options, Medicare Advantage is a phrase you hear more often than the rest. Mainly because of how it’s funded.   What is Medicare…

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As we try to bestow good tidings and wishes onto 2021, we must also weather the aftershocks of 2020 which include a very prevalent global pandemic. According to an article by Pew Trusts, many states are facing budgetary shortfalls due to a loss in revenues coupled with the increasing demand for public health and other…

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2020 OPEB Trend Report

Our OPEB experts gathered the data and crunched the numbers to bring you our annual year-end OPEB Trend Report. The latests trends include insights on OPEB funding, municipal bond rates and GASB 74/75 discount rates. Download the report to discover the latest OPEB trends. Learn more about the Odyssey Advisors team.

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So, it’s time for another OPEB valuation under GASB 75 and the actuary is asking for the “covered employee payroll” for the fiscal year or measurement period. While OPEB benefits are rarely impacted by compensation or covered employee payroll, such a figure is a required disclosure item under GASB 75 and hence that’s why you’re…

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Odyssey Advisors was recently featured in Wicked Local Wenham’s article, “COLUMN: Hamilton Gets High Marks in Two Audits”. We met with the Board of Selectmen and the Finance and Advisory Committee of Hamilton, MA to discuss the details of their OPEB audit for the fiscal year of 2017.

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OPEB, GASB 74 & GASB 75

GASB 74 is required for plan level financial reporting while GASB 75 is required for employer or plan sponsor level financial reporting  for municipal entities subject to GASB reporting that offer OPEB (medical, dental & life insurance for former employees & retirees) type benefits. GASB 74 – key issues to consider Are you prefunding your OPEB benefits…

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This, of course, is one of the key questions that a Treasurer, Auditor, Accountant or School Business manager has when they begin researching the costs of GASB OPEB compliance. Here at Odyssey Advisors, I get this question hundreds of times each year from entities large & small. We understand. Price, among many factors, matters. Especially…

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Pay attention to the language in your employee handbook! In summary judgement this week, US District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee dismissed a suit filed by General Electric (“GE”) retirees claiming the plaintiffs have “not shown that they were cognizably harmed by GE’s fiduciary conduct with respect to the plans.”. In 2012, GE eliminated its…

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Prescription Drugs under Medicare Part D

So, you’re an employer who generously offers medical benefits to your retirees. If so, you’ve seen prescription drug prices skyrocket over the last several years – increasing by an average of 14% per year from 2011-2015 and continuing through today. Prescription drug spending by retirees enrolled in the Medicare Part D program has been growing…

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