Health Plans

  • 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.

  • Can cloud-based software solve ACA reporting problems?

    September 25, 2014

    As more and more companies are flooded with administrative duties due to the Affordable Care Act, cloud-based HR and benefits systems such as Zenefits are starting to gain a substantial hold in the employer market.

  • Brokers dispute study showing SHOP exchanges offer cheaper health plans

    September 24, 2014

    Premiums for health plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Options Program exchanges were slightly cheaper than plans only offered elsewhere, a recent study found, but advisers say the study misses the big picture.

  • NBGH launches absence, productivity benchmarking tool

    September 24, 2014

    The Employer Measures of Productivity, Absence and Quality program, originally launched in 2001, is getting a new life after a two-year pause thanks to the National Business Group on Health’s partnership with Truven Health Analytics.

  • American Benefits Council releases slew of regulatory recommendations in 2020 plan

    September 23, 2014

    The American Benefits Council has introduced its strategic plans for health and retirement policy, providing 46 specific regulatory recommendations for Congress to consider in easing the burdens on employees, employers and government agencies.

  • The missed opportunity of narrow networks

    September 23, 2014

    Commentary: Despite perceived cost savings, most narrow networks have actually missed the opportunity to improve value — and their lack of transparency threatens to unleash a ferocious consumer backlash, says Dartmouth's Scott Wallace.

  • 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.

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