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SPBA is the national association of Third Party Administration (TPA) firms who provide comprehensive ongoing administrative services to client employee benefit plans. SPBA also has a Stop-Loss Service Partner category for carriers, MGUs, and re-insurers of self-funded health plans.     (read more)

About SPBA & Industry Trends

SPBA Mission Statement
The Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA) is dedicated to helping members reach their full potential by providing information and insights related to existing and proposed legislation, regulations, and guidance affecting employee benefit plan administration.  

About TPAs

What Happens When an Employer Makes the Switch to Self-Funding
The list below was requested by a magazine to help employers to prepare them for what to expect when starting the process of shifting to a self-funded health plan with a TPA. Every situation is personalized, but these are main points to expect.

Industry Forecasts & Trends

State of the TPA Industry + Forecast for 2015
This is my 34th year of State of the Industry & Forecasts.   You will find these reportsvery candid, and they are designed for both SPBA members as well as transparency to the general public. The 2015 state of the industry & forecast is that SPBA members have worked hard to be the best-informed & candid resource of expertise for government compliance as well as real-world hands-on factors relating to employee benefits. They have the respect & trust of government to provide unvarnished real-world insight, and the employers & plans are seeking that expertise as they proceed in this strange new health coverage environment.   I forecast literally a good year.  

Health Reform Trends & Impacts

ACA: Accidental Birth Explains the Law's Illogic Today
Both supporters & opponents (and regulators who must implement the law) are driving themselves crazy trying to find logic and make sense of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. PPACA, ACA, & Obamacare).  Relax…it was an accident.  The current text was never intended to be passed into law.

ERISA & Fiduciary

Self-Funding: Myths vs. Facts
1. Myth: Self-funded plans are exempt from market reform changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Fact: Self-funded plans are subject to the substantive ACA market reforms, as well as numerous other Federal laws, including (but not limited to) the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) (P.L. 93-406), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) nondiscrimination rules (P.L. 104-191), HIPAA privacy and security (P.L. 104-191), the Americans with Disabilities Act (P.L. 110- 325), the Mental Health Parity Act (P.L. 104-204), COBRA continuation coverage (P.L. 99-272), IRS nondiscrimination rules prohibiting benefit differences based on employee status (P.L. 95-600).


A Wishful Thinking MEWA Mindset
Some observations from SPBA Active Past President Fred HuntIMPORTANT PREFACE:  Let me say that I and many people recognize that careful well-run self-funded Multiple Employer Welfare Benefit Plans (MEWAs) would help the country greatly in providing cost-effective health coverage for businesses and minimizing the number of uninsured A

Advice on Issues

Self-Funding: Why Use Self-Funding?
Why use self-funding? Clarification: Self-funding is best known as a funding vehicle for employee benefit plans, especially health coverage. That is the topic of this paper. However, self-funding is also broadly used for such things as Workers Compensation and Property & Casualty coverage. The governing laws & focus is so different that those are generally considered totally different. So, this is health employee benefits.


Old Deficit Law Triggers Modern Stop-Loss Misunderstanding
This is a sample of "big picture" perspective pieces constantly prepared for SPBA members.  There are alo detailed technical analysis of issues with insider insights for compliance.(Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.  Or, in this case, to create more problems.)

State Licensing

State Requirements for Third Party Administrators
Please fill out this questionnaire and click Submit to send it.Or print out the attached questionnaire, fill out and fax it to:  301-718-9440.  Or print out the attched questionnaire, fill out, scan and email to:  Elizabeth@spbatpa.org