Welcome to Employee Benefit Adviser’s podcast channel. Here you’ll find audios of EBA editors interviewing the benefit field’s movers and shakers on the latest news, biggest issues and hottest trends -- as well as practical advice on how advisers can overcome today’s most pressing challenges.

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July 25, 2014

Be wary of withdrawal liability with certain pension funds

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If any of your employer clients have pension funds associated with a union, benefits attorney Shaylor Steele of Benesch law firm in Cleveland says you should be aware of the issue of withdrawal liability. He explains it here and mentions three things your clients with this potential risk can do to mitigate concerns.

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July 24, 2014

Health transparency tools 'imperative' for employers offering high-deductible benefit plans

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Shub Debgupta, founder and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based WiserTogether, discusses health transparency tools and how they've become an imperative piece in benefit packages that include high-deductible medical plans.

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July 17, 2014

Provider networks set to drive benefits market under ACA

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Ron Goldstein, president and CEO of CaliforniaChoice, talks about the advantages of private exchanges and how networks will start to drive the benefits market as the Affordable Care Act levels the playing field on price and benefit offerings.

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June 30, 2014

Commission cutbacks compel brokers to reconsider voluntary benefits

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Tye Elliott, vice president of broker sales at Aflac talks to EBA about how health care reform has changed the revenue model for benefit advisers and increased the need for employers to offer voluntary benefits.

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June 18, 2014

NAHU CEO: Pay attention to all types of exchanges

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Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, talks about ACA compliance and how the midterm elections might affect the ACA and ultimately brokers — two of the topics that will be discussed at the group's annual conference at the end of the month. She also highlights three major trends in benefits, including exchanges, that advisers should be keeping tabs on.

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June 17, 2014

'It's a good idea if your clients get to know each other'

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Joe Ellis, senior vice president at CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, discusses the role of benefit advisers in today's ever-changing insurance industry and how advisers can best target employer clients seeking their specific skill set.

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May 30, 2014

Value-based insurance design gains momentum

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Mark Fendrick, M.D., director of the University of Michigan's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, discusses how a hybrid HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan that covers secondary prevention might increase the generosity of services covered while still creating a necessary level of employee responsibility for health care.

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May 28, 2014

New retirement investment option offers employer clients cost-savings and flexibility

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Brock Moseley, founder and managing director of Miracle Mile Advisors, talks about the company’s new 401(k) platform offering with TD Ameritrade and how exchange-traded funds can offer employer clients more flexibility and cost-savings.

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May 22, 2014

Increasing number of employers want total compensation statements

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Advisers should expect more employers asking for ways to facilitate and innovate around these reports. Don Garlitz, executive director of bswift Exchange Solutions, talks trends in transparency and flexibility in this space so brokers can be up to date.

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May 9, 2014

ID theft products moving from prevention to monitoring and damage control

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Adam Levin, founder and chairman of Identity Theft 911, explains why employers and advisers should look for products that monitor for and quickly manage the damage of identity theft, as opposed to those that tout prevention. He also says there's an increasing threat to employer documents and tells you how to be prepared.

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