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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January 23, 2014

Making a strategic partnership work

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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.

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January 15, 2014

NAHU prez: HIX premium hikes inevitable

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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."

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January 9, 2014

Simple steps to increase voluntary benefit sales

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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. Here’s how any broker can close the sale.

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December 30, 2013

What is driving employers to adopt HSAs in 2014?

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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.

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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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