Vendors

MMA Michigan researches many issues on behalf of our clients. For these efforts, we have compiled a list of provider and vendor websites we use frequently in our research endeavors. We are always interested in adding to our resource guide. If there is a website you find helpful, please send us an email. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.

Our MMA Michigan team has been instrumental in helping us implement new coverage for our employees.

— Interpower Induction

Helpful Websites

Below is a list of websites we use frequently to research issues for our clients. We are always interested in adding to our resource guide. If there is a website you find helpful, please email the link to us. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.
Benefits Related Survey Data
Website Address Organization Description
www.ebri.org Employee Benefit Research Institute This site provides access to survey data on general benefits, retirement income issues, health care and social security research.
www.kff.org Kaiser Family Foundation Research organization that tracks a number of health care issues, policies and government programs
Benefits Research Tools
Website Address Organization Description
www.ifebp.org International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans This site provides a variety of information relating to employee benefit plan issues search capabilities for articles on benefits related issues, bookstore of various benefits-related textbooks, information on CEBS, and a job bank.
www.benefitslink.com Benefits Link This site is devoted to employee benefit related issues. It offers a wealth of articles on a variety of benefit issues. You can also sign up for a daily e-mail newsletter with timely benefit topics. This site also has an employee benefits job bank
www.freeerisa.com FreeERISA This website provides a database of retirement and welfare benefit plan information as reported on an organization’s 5500 annual filing.
www.plansponsor.com Plan Sponsor Magazine This site provides news and data regarding defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, employee benefit plans and finance issues.
www.ebia.com Employee Benefit Institute of America This site provides information on publications and seminars related to all aspects of employee benefits. You can sign up for a weekly newsletter that overviews important current events in the benefits industry. It also has a search tool of historical articles.
www.changeofstatus.com Data Path, Inc. This site simplifies and minimizes the confusion involved in employee status changes (sometimes called a “life event”) as these changes pertain to their various health care benefit plans.
www.HSAInsider.com HSAInsider This site provides comprehensive information about the mechanics of HSAs, as well as a list of HSA service providers.
 
Human Resources Related Websites
Website Address Organization Description
www.worldatwork.org World at Work World at Work, formerly known as the American Compensation Association. This site focuses on compensation, benefits and total reward programs. It presents articles on key issues surrounding compensation and benefits. It also offers a bookstore, seminar opportunities, training options and a job bank.
www.shrm.org Society for Human Resource Management This site focuses on all issues relating to Human Resource Management. It has a section on governmental affairs, HR resources and tools and information on local chapters.
 
Government Websites
Website Address Organization Description
www.irs.gov Internal Revenue Service This is the IRS website that contains helpful information on the Internal Revenue Code. The website also has a myriad of forms online and is a key resource for tax-related issues.
www.unclefed.com Uncle Fed’s Tax Board Select “For Tax Professionals” and then select “Chief Counsels’ Written Determinations.” Follow the instructions to access a library of IRS Private Letter Rulings
www.medicare.gov Medicare This site is the government’s official website for the Medicare program. It contains key publications that describe the Medicare program and a frequently asked questions section. It also describes the various Medigap plan options and provides a search engine to locate Medigap policy options throughout the country.
www.ssa.gov Social Security This is the government site related to social security income program. It gives great information on social security income and parameters on becoming qualified for social security disability benefits.
www.dol.gov Department of Labor This address will take you to the Department of Labor’s Home Page. From the home page, you can view latest news releases, obtain electronic compliance assistance and access a research center. Under the Agency Listing, you can select the EBSA (formerly the PWBA). This page gives many options related to Group Health Plan operations and assistance with 5500 filing, ERISA compliance, retirement benefit plan issues, and so on.
www.cms.gov Department of Health and Human Services This is the site sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services to help you comply with all aspects of HIPAA.
www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa Office of Civil Rights The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Provisions. This website has good information regarding interpretations of the Simplification Provisions and a detailed Question and Answer section on the Privacy Rule
www.archives.gov National Archives and Records Administration This site contains all the Federal Registers released over the last few years.
www.govbenefits.gov GovBenefits This site is a screening tool you can use to determine which government benefit programs you may be eligible for, and it provides information on how to apply for the programs.
www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov Medicare Hospital Compare This site offers unbiased information about the quality of hospital care provided locally and nationally. Consumers can see how local institutions stack up against each other and can also compare the nation’s general hospitals to state and national averages.
 
Health and Prescription Issues
Website Address Organization Description
www.rxlist.com Rx List This website is an Internet based drug index that provides a top 200 list for prescriptions dispensed, information on drug interactions, and headlines in the prescription industry.
www.webmd.com Web MD This site provides information on a large variety of medical conditions. It provides news on current issues in the medical field and information on wellness issues.
www.fda.gov Food & Drug Administration This site provides information on all products the FDA regulates, including prescription medications. If you select “drugs” under products the FDA regulates, you will be able to get information on a variety prescription drugs, drug shortages and new drug approvals.
www.aarp.org American Association of Retired People An organization devoted to issues affecting Americans in the 50+ age range. This site is a good resource for health and wellness issues, Medicare and other legislative issues affecting older individuals.
wwww.crbestbuydrugs.org Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs Consumers Union, publisher of Consumers Reports and the organization behind the site, compares prescription drugs by presenting information on their effectiveness, safety and cost. Each month the web site will add another category.
www.HealthGrades.com Health Grades Inc. Health Grades, Inc. is a healthcare ratings, information and advisory services company.
www.besttreatments.org/risk The British Medical Journal The British Medical Journal provides an easy-to-navigate explanation of how to evaluate medical risk
www.leapfroggroup.org The Leap Frog Group Allows users to research the number of heart bypasses and other surgical procedures performed by local hospitals.

Our MMA Michigan team has been instrumental in helping us implement new coverage for our employees.

— Interpower Induction