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.

For more information on Benefit Bytes, or to recommend a thought leader for this audio series, please e-mail Elizabeth Galentine with suggestions.

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December 16, 2013

Wellness plan trends for 2014

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Employers will be taking a new approach to wellness in the coming year, says hubbub’s Brian Berchtold. Listen in to hear the role of advisers in this evolving market. Hint: think playtime.

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November 11, 2013

ACA dental coverage: Steps every plan must take

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Although only pediatric coverage is specified in Affordable Care Act mandates, all dental plans should be having discussions with local dental practices to ensure they’re adequately prepared. FAIR Health’s Robin Gelburd provides the details no plan sponsor should ignore.

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November 1, 2013

FSA regs transformed: Employer action items

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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.

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October 22, 2013

ACA glitches could spell round 2 of debt standoff in January

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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.

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October 15, 2013

How to ease the pain of a gov't shutdown

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Lockton’s Brian Neary discusses the impact on benefits during the federal government shutdown and what advisers can do to ensure affected clients don’t lose coverage the next time around

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October 9, 2013

Critical illness, accident next on Securian's voluntary product list

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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.

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September 9, 2013

Future of benefits tech: More focused and real-time for users

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EBA spoke with Dennis McGuire, CEO of Codebaby (pictured), and Shan Fowler, director of marketplace product management of Benefitfocus, about the company's partnership for avatar software on Benefitfocus's exchange, the future of tech in the benefits biz and more.

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September 9, 2013

Incoming NAIFA president: ACA will be shaped for years to come

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EBA's Gillian Roberts spoke with John Nichols, the incoming president for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for 2014. He talks specific goals for the organization as well as the long-term battle that lies ahead for industry insiders to shape ACA for years to come.

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July 15, 2013

NAHU lobbyist: Capitol Hill doesn't understand the broker's role

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EBA's Gillian Roberts spoke with Chris Hartmann, new vice president of congressional affairs at the National Association of Health Underwriters. Hartmann weighs in on his goals for the role, MLR bill and more.

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July 9, 2013

The employer mandate delay fallout

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Will there be further delays in the roll out of the Affordable Care Act? EBA spoke with Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health associate professor Brad Herring to discuss that and what impact the delay announced last week will have on small- and mid-size employers, as well as exchange subsidies.

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