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  • Experts caution due diligence in private exchange selection to avoid conflicts of interest

    April 15, 2014

    As employers begin to look at private exchanges as a means to provide health care benefits to their active employee population questions are being raised about potential conflicts of interest for consulting firms that also act as exchange purveyors.

  • Networking on the go gets more specific

    April 10, 2014

    As new social media platforms arise, there are more opportunities for brokers to act as ‘trusted advisers.'

  • Don’t miss the lessons of ACA’s first enrollment

    April 8, 2014

    The ACA's first open enrollment period presented some expected — and some out-of-the-blue — challenges for carriers, agents and others tasked with enrolling millions of individuals on the health insurance exchanges. Those challenges should serve as lessons and preparation exercises for the next open enrollment, several industry experts advise.

  • Cost a main reason for Americans remaining uninsured

    April 2, 2014

    A majority of Americans remain uninsured and many based the decision to stay uninsured on the cost of coverage, with many not even visiting an exchange to see a price estimate, a new study from consultancy Market Strategies International finds.

  • The employer sponsorship dilemma

    March 28, 2014

    The six vexing questions employers want and need answers to in order to determine benefits.

  • Hispanics favor ACA, need more enrollment information

    March 28, 2014

    Most Hispanics have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, but need more information about it to understand the law and how to enroll in the health insurance exchanges, HolaDoctor, a leading health website for Hispanics, says.

  • HR leaders rate ACA concerns as a lower-tier issue: survey

    March 26, 2014

    New research from a North American sample of HR leaders finds that the Affordable Care Act is not a primary concern among employers, even as the landmark health care law continues to worry the masses.

  • SCOTUS decision likely won't repeal contraceptive mandate

    March 26, 2014

    Whatever the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, it won’t likely have broad implications for all employers, according to Howard Shapiro, partner and head of Proskauer’s ERISA litigation group in New Orleans.

  • ACA triggers voluntary benefit sales boom

    March 25, 2014

    Voluntary benefit sales are enjoying rapid growth as employers prepare for the impact of the Affordable Care Act by revamping their medical plan designs to include more products such as accident and critical illness benefits.

  • Employers take wait-and-see approach to private exchanges

    March 24, 2014

    Employers are making creative changes to employee benefit offerings to stem the tide of rising health care costs, but many are taking a wait-and-see approach to private exchanges, according to presenters at MetLife’s 10th National Benefits Symposium Monday.

  • Nearly half of employers considering private exchanges

    March 18, 2014

    Forty-five percent of employers have implemented or plan to consider using a private exchange for their full-time active employees before 2018, according to a new employer survey conducted by the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative

  • Advisers can play a ‘big role’ by helping employers understand the ACA

    PODCAST | March 17, 2014

    Mike Aitken, vice president of Government Affairs for the Society of Human Resource Management, talks about top legislative issues and changes affecting HR professionals and employers in 2014 and how employee benefit advisers can play a ‘big role’ in guiding employers through these transitions.

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