A study conducted by the Trust for Americas 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.
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.
EBAs 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.
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 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 Stores Inc. the worlds 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.
Most employers think they are doing a better job communicating about the companys employee benefits than their employees think they are. Benefit and payment solutions provider Alegeus Technologies offers tips for better communication during open enrollment.
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.
Employers and employees have different perspectives when it comes to discussing benefits, and benefit advisers can help close that gap.
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 Dartmouths Geisel School of Medicine.
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.
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 companys internal employee ratings.
Pick the wrong technology provider, and youll be fighting fires and frustrating employees every day, no matter how Amazon-like the shopping experience is for the end user.
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 weeks Benefits Forum & Expo in Boca Raton, Fla.
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.