Partnering with an outside company can have big payoffs, but it can also fail big time. Monique Reece, founder and CEO of MarketSmarter and author of *Real-Time Marketing for Business Growth, discusses some of the most overlooked considerations when selecting the right business partner.
EBA's Gillian Roberts talks with NAHU president Tom Harte about an immediate concern for brokers in 2014 the seemingly inevitable rate increase on the exchanges given recent demographic news. He adds that brokers opening their businesses to exchange participants 'will be the ones who survive."
Voluntary benefits will move from a nice option to have to become a critical part of an overall benefits package for employers in 2014, predicts Elizabeth Halkos, chief revenue officer at Purchasing Power. Heres how any broker can close the sale.
Spiking in popularity, health savings accounts will only continue their meteoric rise in 2014, say Alegeus Technologies CEO, Tom Torre (pictured) and Avidia Bank COO & EVP Robert Conery. The companies have recently partnered to launch their own HSA, and Torre and Conery share their trend predictions in the space including how HSAs will affect how employees perceive their benefits in the future.
Although only pediatric coverage is specified in Affordable Care Act mandates, all dental plans should be having discussions with local dental practices to ensure theyre adequately prepared. FAIR Healths Robin Gelburd provides the details no plan sponsor should ignore.
Now that the Internal Revenue Service has allowed for $500 of Flexible Spending Account funds to roll over from year to year ending the "No. 1 impediment" to these accounts employers must act now to update plan documents, says WageWorks Jody Dietel. Listen is as the FSA expert explains, and shares how this move will affect FSA usage from now on.
Buck Consultants' Drew Crouch tells EBA that if the Healthcare.gov issues continue, Republicans may look to delay and defund the ACA again in January. He also discusses potential tax reform on Capitol Hill and how employee benefits might be affected.
Securian Financial Group created a voluntary product division to better meet broker's needs in this space, says Eli Vogen, the new lead on the project. He spoke with EBA's Gillian Roberts about what they're hearing already from brokers and what's to come for the voluntary industry.