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  • 5 ACA issues employers should be following

    October 29, 2014

    With the Affordable Care Act’s new reporting requirements fast approaching, employers and their benefit advisers need more than ever to keep abreast of what’s happening with the ever-changing health care reform law. Here are five ACA issues the national law firm Epstein Becker Green says employers need to be following.


  • 10 tips to protect your medical identity

    October 29, 2014

    Employees have to be their own first line of defense to protect their medical identities and avoid future challenges. Here are some tips to share with clients to guard against medical identity theft, provided by ID Experts.


  • Elements of a private exchange that appeal to employees

    VIDEO | October 29, 2014

    For employers who have done their due diligence on private exchanges, now is the time to “make the jump,” says HUB International’s Sibyl Bogardus. The chief compliance officer shares what employees appreciate about the private HIX platform.


  • Despite information gaps, early SHOP access launches in 5 states

    October 28, 2014

    After multiple delays, early access to the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program launched Monday in five states.


  • 20 characteristics of successful worksite wellness programs, Part 2

    October 28, 2014

    Successful wellness programs share common characteristics, including health being promoted as a core business value, senior leadership involvement and the use of grassroots wellness champions.


  • One claim a minute is not fast enough

    October 27, 2014

    Commentary: The industry is scrambling to keep pace with technology-fueled demands for speedy claims turnover. Aflac’s Laree Daniel explains how customer expectations are molding the industry response.


  • Uninsured remain unclear about ACA enrollment dates

    October 24, 2014

    Although open enrollment for 2015 Obamacare plans opens in just over three weeks, the uninsured remain unclear about the dates and possible financial assistance available.


  • Private exchange adoption could catch many by surprise

    October 23, 2014

    Commentary: The migration of employers from defined benefit to defined contribution programs has been the subject of a lot of conversation in the employee benefits industry for the past seven or eight years. The Affordable Care Act has galvanized the industry’s move forward, and the availability of highly advanced technology is likely to accelerate this transition.


  • 5 things employees would rather do than enroll in benefits

    October 23, 2014

    Open enrollment is a stressful time for benefit managers and employees alike. More than half of U.S. employees say the traditional open enrollment process to sign up for health care benefits is a waste of time and a miserable experience. In fact, the enrollment process is so unpleasant for employees that 20% of them would rather watch a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan than complete it.


  • EAPs take on expanded role with ACA

    October 22, 2014

    With mental health and substance abuse disorder services deemed an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, employee assistance program providers are taking on a new role – helping employers and health plans sniff out fraudulent health care activity among substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities.


  • Adviser help needed to quell employer Cadillac tax fears

    October 21, 2014

    Although the ACA’s excise tax doesn’t go into effect until 2018, employers are already fearful — benefit advisers should be offering ideas and solutions to calm their fears.


  • The risks of maintaining grandfathered health plan status

    October 21, 2014

    For employers fighting to maintain grandfathered status, consultants and benefit managers predict the Affordable Care Act’s ongoing implementation will mean the end of these health plan structures in the near future.


  • Brokerage, tech firm partner on industry-first health app

    October 20, 2014

    Benefits firm WorkforceTactix and tech company Digital Health Innovations are using data analytics and an innovative health app to predict and prevent clients’ high-cost claims, increase transparency and rein in health care costs.


  • Why introducing egg freezing coverage and other plan changes can be a slippery slope

    October 17, 2014

    Several tech companies this week announced they would be adding egg freezing benefits to their health plan. While that may sound like a nice perk to some, making this and other benefit plan changes comes with risks that your employer clients, with your help, should consider.


  • Liazon teams with Cigna, Assurant Employee Benefits

    October 16, 2014

    On the heels of news about Aon Hewitt’s estimated more than 1.2 million HIX enrollees exceeding its expectations for 2015, Bright Choices Exchange operator Liazon is crowing about its own expansion plans.


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