Health Plans

  • 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.

  • Nielsen wins high engagement ratings with employees

    October 3, 2014

    Global information and measurement company Nielsen reveals how implementing a measured communication approach – both on the ground and in the cloud – during open enrollment worked wonders for the company’s internal employee ratings.

  • Buyer beware: Can your private exchange deliver on the back-end?

    October 2, 2014

    Pick the wrong technology provider, and you’ll be fighting fires and frustrating employees every day, no matter how Amazon-like the shopping experience is for the end user.

  • Strategic planning takes on new importance

    October 1, 2014

    With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, strategic planning for benefit plans has taken on a new level of importance. Yet very few employers have a strategic plan in place for benefits, said Bill Hembree, CEO, Health Research Institute during this week’s Benefits Forum & Expo in Boca Raton, Fla.

  • Has the ACA guaranteed benefit advisers job security?

    September 30, 2014

    Health care reform has presented employers plenty of new challenges to grapple with when it comes to offering health care coverage, and, many say, has expanded the critical role of benefit advisers who heed the call.

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