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June 18, 2013

Brokers can join new campaign to help people understand benefits

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EBA spoke with Roberta Ruel, AVP of brand marketing at Sun Life Financial about a campaign the company launched to help people truly understand their benefits as employees. Find out what she had to say about this and other recent news that Sun Life and other companies are trying to catch up with Aflac in the voluntary space.

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June 12, 2013

Will ACA exchanges eliminate COBRA?

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Listen in as Mary Jo Davis, Ceridian’s VP of product management, discusses the Affordable Care Act’s impact on COBRA. Although health reform did not address COBRA directly, the law is likely to have some surprising effects on it. Davis details health exchange myths and how they relate to COBRA’s future.

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May 30, 2013

How work-life balance is like a buffet

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Cali Williams Yost, CEO and founder of Flex+Strategy Group and author of the new book Tweak It, talks to Managing Editor Andrea Davis about work-life fit and how the practice of "tweaking" can help employees enjoy better life balance.

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May 29, 2013

ACA bad for small business

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Steven Friedman, head of the new Healthcare Reform Consulting Group at employment law firm Littler Mendelson, discusses the implications for employers of a recent Gallup poll that found 48% of small employers believe the Affordable Care Act will be bad for their business. Only 9% think health reform is a good thing.

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May 29, 2013

Cigna shares best practices on customized benefits communication

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Mike Witwer, head of Cigna’s voluntary business, discusses how the carrier is reaching out to individual employees in an effort to enhance engagement and understanding of their whole benefits package — including the role voluntary plays in that process.

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May 22, 2013

Why health reform could open new channels for wellness

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EBA spoke with Dr. Peter Goldbach, the chief medical officer of wellness company Health Dialog, about why primary care doctors are the next wellness clients and how programs can be fun.

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May 16, 2013

Breast cancer advocate talks insurance impact of preventative mastectomy

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Because Sara Tenenbein's mother had an aggressive breast cancer at the young age of 37, the wellness advocate began thinking about her own options at age 28. Hear why she's applauding Angelina Jolie, her own decision to have a preventative mastectomy and why this "trend" may not impact insurance all that much. Tenenbein's blog, www.meredone.com, explores health and wellness issues.

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May 16, 2013

A broker’s role in the SHOP exchanges

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How can brokers become involved in the health exchanges and what will their role be? Plus, how is exchange implementation coming along? EBA spoke with Vince Ashton, CEO of HealthPass — which, along with bswift, was recently chosen by Connecticut to run their SHOP exchange — to answer these questions and more.

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April 24, 2013

Alegeus enables private exchange start-ups

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EBA spoke with Alegeus Technologies CEO Tom Torre about how they're enabling private exchange creation through their products. He says the trend makes sense because "there's clearly a shift to retail."

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April 10, 2013

At what price do incentives stop?

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A $1,500 incentive bonus? EBA caught up with Cyndy Nayer, value-based wellness consultant and expert, at this week's World Health Care Congress and talked about the latest in incentives and disincentives, including the rise in some employer's incentives. She asks the question, "where does it stop?" and more.

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