Dec 13, 2013 by Kelley M. Butler
2013 has been a busy year in benefits, to say the least! HR/benefits directors have amassed quite a scroll of rule changes and policy shifts, born from action by the federal government, court system or both. As we reflect on some of this year’s major developments, we’re making a list and checking...
Dec 09, 2013 by Kelley M. Butler
Healthcare.gov enrollments surge following site fixes
The fix is in: After an intensive six-week effort to de-bug healthcare.gov, the Obama administration has announced that in the first two days of December, the site posted more exchange enrollees than during all of October.
About 29,000 people...
Dec 02, 2013 by Kelley M. Butler
Towers Watson buys Liazon, broadens share of private HIX market
Consulting firm Towers Watson announced late last month it had purchased Liazon, a private health insurance exchange, for $215 million. Liazon operates Bright Choices, a brand that distributes coverage to small and midsize employers...
Nov 26, 2013 by Jennifer Benz
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day to think about the things that fulfill us and spend time with family and friends. (And cook and eat, of course.) Combining it with Hanukkah this year adds to an already perfect holiday!
As we get ready for a (much-needed) long weekend, we...
Nov 25, 2013 by Kelley M. Butler
Employers put FSA rollovers on the backburner until 2014
Most employers were in the thick of a busy and complex open enrollment season when the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury announced late last month that the federal agencies had changed rules governing flexible spending accounts to allow...
Nov 21, 2013 by Liz Webler Rowell
Our friends at Health 2.0 put on a great event! Watch this keynote address, The 7 Deadly Sins, from the recent San Francisco conference. Every benefits professional needs to understand all that we are up against when it comes to changing the health care system.
Nov 18, 2013 by Kelley M. Butler
ACA do-over for cancelled plans: Benefit or boondoggle?
At a White House press conference last Thursday, President Obama announced a proposal that would allow individuals whose health insurance policies were cancelled under the Affordable Care Act to renew them through the end of 2014.
Nov 14, 2013 by Kelley M. Butler
As you power through the intensity and complexity of this year’s open enrollment season, our friends at The Jellyvision Lab have taken the pulse of everyday employees with their ALEX Asks survey to find out what they really think about how companies communicate their benefits. The results likely...
Nov 11, 2013 by Kelley M. Butler
HHS estimates most young Americans could get health coverage for about $3 per day
News this week from Wolters Kluwer reports new statistics from the Health and Human Services Department showing that nearly half of young, healthy applicants to an insurance exchange could purchase a policy for $100...
Nov 07, 2013 by Jenni Hancock
The consensus at the Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement (WISER) annual symposium, held in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago, was clear: Plain and simple; women, as a whole, are sadly unprepared for retirement, and are lagging far behind men in preparedness.
The distinguished speaker roster—which...