Health Plans

  • Health exchange model frees Walgreens to focus on plan strategy

    September 23, 2014

      Walgreen Co.’s director of health, benefits and wellbeing knew his company, like most in the U.S., was on an unsustainable path of increasing health care costs combined with employees who didn’t focus on their wellbeing. But when the company’s senior directors started thinking about moving employee health care offerings to a private exchange, he was adamantly against it. …

  • ACOs: 3 advantages, 1 risk

    PODCAST | September 23, 2014

    Simeon Schindelman, CEO and chairman of private exchange provider Bloom Health, outlines why accountable care organizations are appealing and cautions employers to be very clear with employees about the tradeoffs.

  • In case you missed it: Apple unveils Apple Watch and HealthKit app

    September 17, 2014

    Last week Apple unveiled its Apple Watch and Apple HealthKit app to much fanfare. But how these new technologies will fit into or transform the health care landscape remains to be seen. Catch up on EBA’s coverage and analysis of the event to see how these new technologies could impact the benefits business.

  • How new technologies are changing the face of benefits enrollment

    September 17, 2014

    Commentary: Evolving technologies are creating a major shift in the enrollment landscape. Brokers and benefit advisers hoping to offer clients customized solutions need to stay in the know.

  • Are private exchanges the next big thing in employer health care offerings?

    September 17, 2014

    Predictions for 2014 open enrollment include more than 3 million employees being covered under private exchanges. Is this the new trend in employer-sponsored health care coverage?

  • Avoiding the regulatory alphabet soup of ERISA, COBRA and the ACA

    September 15, 2014

    Commentary: Consider that employers nationwide spend billions of dollars to give their employees access to medical care and other important insurance coverage. While most businesses offer health and welfare benefits to remain competitive for talent, they end up creating a valuable by-product in the process.

  • Employers continue to embrace wellness programs

    September 15, 2014

    A majority of employers, large and small, are embracing wellness programs as a means to improve employee health and, hopefully, cut rising health care costs.

  • High-deductible CDHPs part of ongoing cost containment strategy

    September 12, 2014

    New research points to low-cost consumer-directed plans as being a key strategy in thwarting rising health benefit costs.

  • The case of the accidental fiduciary: When a signature is more than just a name

    September 11, 2014

    Why the CEO’s ability to sign paychecks may also make them liable as plan fiduciaries; and how you can help your employer clients avoid this slippery slope.

  • Thrift savings plan targets retirement messages to younger generation

    September 11, 2014

    EBN’s annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, including the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, winner of Best Use of Social Media.

  • Does Apple's HealthKit signal the end of employer-based health insurance?

    September 10, 2014

    With the release of its new Apple Watch and Apple HealthKit app, the tech giant is literally putting health care in the hands of the consumer. What does this mean for employer-based health care management?

  • How to help alleviate specialty Rx costs

    September 9, 2014

    Saddled with the high cost of emerging specialty drugs, employers are looking to their benefit advisers for strategies to manage their medical plan’s drug spend.

  • 3 steps to take when reviewing fee disclosures

    September 9, 2014

    Commentary: Open enrollment time means employer clients will be reviewing fee disclosures. Columnist John Ludwig discusses several steps plan sponsors should take when reviewing the disclosures for accuracy and to determine if fees are fair and reasonable.

  • Voluntary: Coming soon to private exchanges

    September 8, 2014

    As private exchange providers introduce voluntary benefit offerings, how will broker commissions be affected?

  • Are e-cigarettes friend or foe to employee wellness?

    September 8, 2014

    As the gap widens on whether e-cigarettes are part of the solution or still part of the greater problem of employee smoking cessation, their popularity is still on the rise. Experts from the health management group HealthFitness have provided some additional tips for employers taking on the challenge of creating e-cigarette policies in the workplace.

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