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  • 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.


  • 5 reasons wearable wellness is here to stay

    October 16, 2014

    Whether it’s Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Apple Watch or even Google Glass, consumer demand for wearable technology is at an all-time high. Amy McDonough, Fitbit’s director of wellness, shares five reasons wearable fitness technology is not just a fad and what each trend means for employers and employees.


  • CCIIO promises fix to broker tracking, commission issues on federal HIX

    October 15, 2014

    A fix is in the works to ensure agents and brokers can identify themselves and therefore receive commissions for their work on the federally-facilitated marketplace, an agency official at The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight said Tuesday.


  • Coal mining company tackles health care spending with telehealth, nurse practitioners

    October 10, 2014

    At Alliance Resource Partners, 4% of the workforce is responsible for roughly 45% of the company's annual health care spend. The coal mining company is implementing new initiatives to better reach workers at remote mine sites.


  • 8 flu shot myths debunked

    October 10, 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.


  • Observation status: The Medicare monster in the ACA

    October 9, 2014

    Commentary: Have you heard of Medicare observation status? Columnist Craig J. Davidson says it is creating a payment nightmare for older plan participants with Medicare Part A as the primary payer. Educate your groups with Medicare beneficiaries, Davidson says, because the rule has real consequences.


  • How the ACA, technology, and women advisers are reinventing the benefits industry

    October 8, 2014

    EBA’s annual Workplace Benefits Summit, held last week in Boca Raton, Fla., included a celebration of our Advisers of the Year, strategy and marketing tips from benefit professionals, and the presentation of our inaugural Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising awards.


  • 5 companies that dropped part-time employee health care

    October 8, 2014

    Just 25% of companies that offered employee health insurance made coverage available to part-time workers in 2013, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. That percentage will decline further with Walmart Stores Inc.’s announcement that it is dropping health insurance for part-time employees. Walmart joins a growing list of major retailers that have done the same.


  • Walmart health cuts reopen debate over Obamacare costs, savings

    October 8, 2014

    Walmart Stores Inc.’s move to eliminate health insurance for about 30,000 part-time workers underscores the mixed benefits of Obamacare for companies and their employees.


  • Walmart to cut health benefits for some part-time employees

    October 7, 2014

    Walmart Stores Inc. the world’s biggest retail chain, plans to stop offering health benefits to employees who work less than 30 hours a week, a move that will affect about 2% of its U.S. staff.


  • 10 tips for better communication during open enrollment

    October 7, 2014

    Most employers think they are doing a better job communicating about the company’s employee benefits than their employees think they are. Benefit and payment solutions provider Alegeus Technologies offers tips for better communication during open enrollment.


  • What’s wrong with the employer health care system?

    VIDEO | October 7, 2014

    Matt Halle, senior vice president of sales at Welltok, a health optimization company that helps health managers align consumer actions and behaviors, explains why the employer health care system is in need of a tune-up.


  • Advisers key to creating better informed employees when it comes to benefits

    October 6, 2014

    Employers and employees have different perspectives when it comes to discussing benefits, and benefit advisers can help close that gap.


  • How to make the most of your narrow network

    October 6, 2014

    Narrow networks of health care providers offer new ways for employers and health plans to control the costs of care. But many of these networks are being constructed without regard to the value they deliver, says Scott Wallace, visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.


  • Employers depend upon advisers to help navigate the Affordable Care Act

    October 3, 2014

    Health care reform has changed the role of the adviser from insurance broker to that of a trusted adviser, counselor and compliance guru. Advisers hoping to thrive in this new environment will embrace the change less as a burden and more as an opportunity.


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