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  • The country's top brokers: Poised for growth

    November 26, 2014

    In exclusive interviews, Mercer’s Julio Portalatin and the heads of several other top brokerages — Gallagher, Lockton, Higginbotham, Willis and Pacific Resources —speak with EBA about their strategies for sustained development and staying ahead of the competition.

  • IRS issues rules on hardship exemptions from ACA individual mandate

    November 26, 2014

    The IRS has issued a notice, regulations and other guidance related to the ACA, including information on getting a hardship exemption from the individual mandate for health insurance coverage.

  • A 'death knell' for PPOs?

    November 26, 2014

    Commentary: Reference-based pricing is slowly catching on with self-insured companies, says AmWINS Group Benefits’ Sam Fleet.

  • EAPs critical in promoting mental well-being

    November 26, 2014

    With mental illness and substance abuse costing employers an estimated $100 billion annually in indirect costs alone, benefit decision-makers are seeing value in promoting employee assistance programs as a means to improve their workforce’s mental well-being.

  • 8 flu shot myths debunked

    November 26, 2014

    A study conducted by the Trust for America’s Health found that one in five Americans (62 million) get the flu each year. Despite the numbers, fewer than half of Americans (45%) got a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season.

  • Proposed ACA changes could offer navigators 'unfair advantage' over brokers

    November 25, 2014

    HHS proposes making some significant changes to the ACA in 2016, including controversial new requirements for brokers and agents that some say put them at an unfair disadvantage.

  • ‘What the heck is defined contribution?’

    November 25, 2014

    Commentary: What makes employers slow to adopt a defined contribution strategy? There are many reasons, says bswift’s Brianna Petro.

  • EBA’s 2014 Advisers of the Year: ‘Know your audience’

    VIDEO | November 25, 2014

    Health care reform is presenting the “biggest challenge” in more than 30 years in employee benefit advising, say EBA’s advisers of the year. Watch as the best of the best, Employee Benefit Adviser’s 2014 Advisers of the Year in health, voluntary and retirement discuss the top issues for 2015 and provide tips for those looking to enter the industry.

  • Smoking cessation app shows results

    November 25, 2014

    A randomized controlled trial found that users of the SmartQuit program, created by Seattle-based 2Morrow, Inc., were 2.5 to three times more likely to quit smoking than those who tried to quit on their own. The program will be offered through employers, health plans and states.

  • Benefit experts to discuss outlook for 2015

    November 24, 2014

    What health, retirement, technology, voluntary, and wellness issues will benefit professionals be wrestling with next year? The editors of Employee Benefit Adviser and Employee Benefit News have put together a web seminar series with top benefit experts to offer insights on the biggest 2015 trends.

  • ACA lawsuit could have implications beyond health care

    November 24, 2014

    No short-term effects are expected from House GOP’s ACA subsidy lawsuit, but industry experts expect long-term implications on presidential authority and upcoming elections.

  • Mobile pregnancy app guides expectant moms to care

    November 24, 2014

    Prenatal and postpartum care programs are not only a benefit for employees who are expecting, they can also help employers avoid unnecessary costs related to preterm births.

  • The IRS weighs in on the ACA and ‘skinny’ plans

    November 21, 2014

    The IRS plans to close a major loophole in the ACA by banning employers who offer ‘skinny’ medical plans without hospitalization coverage from qualifying as minimum value plans under the health reform law.

  • Employers optimistic about health plan coverage

    November 20, 2014

    A majority of employers – regardless of workforce size – are planning to keep their health plan coverage going into next year as the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate takes effect.

  • What's wrong with private exchanges

    November 20, 2014

    Commentary: Private exchanges are not the one-size-fits-all solution some in the benefit industry think they are, says broker Judy Miller. The veteran adviser shares her opinion about the promises and pitfalls of the private exchange solution.

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