L. Briggs Cochran - Bim Group
L. Briggs Cochran
L. Briggs Cochran
President & CEO

Briggs founded Bim Group in 1980 after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Administration. Under Briggs’ leadership, Bim Group has grown into a regional market leader while earning a reputation for delivering exceptional value in all aspects of employee benefit consulting. Briggs’ practice primarily serves employers with 100+ employees with emphasis on clients who have adopted a merger and acquisition growth strategy or have a global footprint and workforce. Briggs has also worked extensively with senior corporate leaders in establishing select executive compensation plans. He has served on numerous employee benefits related private and public advisory committees and is a frequently requested speaker on employee benefits matters. Briggs is proud to lead a team of professionals who have voted Bim Group one of Kentucky’s “Best Places to Work.”  Bim Group is also an exclusive “Partner Firm” in United Benefit Advisors, a unique community of the most successful and trusted independent employee benefit advisory firms in the nation.

Recent Insights

December 9, 2019
Compliance Alert

Compliance Recap – November 2019

November was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft 2019 instructions for Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. The IRS also released health plan limits and various compensation, benefit, and contribution levels under qualified retirement plans for 2020. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released […]
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December 4, 2019
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), IRS, News

IRS Releases Draft Forms and Instructions for 2019 ACA Reporting

Background Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health benefits to their full time employees and individuals are required to have health insurance, although the penalty is $0 for failing to have minimum essential coverage starting in 2019. Reporting is required by employers with 50 […]
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November 22, 2019
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Compliance Alert, DOL, HHS, IRS

Proposed Rules on Coverage and Transparency and Final Rules on Hospital Price Transparency

On November 15, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments) released proposed rules on coverage transparency. The proposed rules seek to give an estimate of plan participants’ potential cost-sharing liability for covered items and services they might receive from a particular […]
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November 20, 2019
Affordable Care Act (PPACA), SBC

Summary of Benefits and Coverage Highlights and Frequently Asked Questions

A Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) is a four-page (double-sided) communication required by the federal government. It must contain specific information, in a specific order and with a minimum size type, about a group health benefit’s coverage and limitations. For fully insured plans, the insurer is responsible for providing the SBC to the plan administrator […]
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