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Aug 20, 2014 by Jennifer Benz
Our team has worked hard with our clients over the years to increase benefits understanding, appreciation and perceived value among their employees, particularly around health care. However, we realized there was still a gap to be filled when it comes to improving employees’ overall health literacy. That’s why we’re so excited to share our latest resource, “8 health insurance terms every American needs to know.”
Aug 18, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
New data from Prudential reveal that employees strongly prefer electronic methods to receive benefits communication. Employers, though? Not so much. Read more on how to change the tide and succeed with electronic communication in this week’s news dash.
Aug 13, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
New survey data from the National Business Group on Health show that the number of employers offering an HDHP as the sole health benefits option is expected to surge by nearly 50% next year. Employers that effectively communicate HDHPs and other health benefit changes will experience higher return...
Aug 04, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
The Health and Human Services Department has updated HIPAA rules that outline new requirements for self-funded employers. Read the new rules and the compliance deadlines in this week’s news alert.
Jul 31, 2014 by Liz Webler Rowell.
We’ve entered the era of health education—a time when benefits communication matters more than ever for our country. This post, the first in a series on how the health care landscape is evolving and how to address employee’s questions, outlines three key areas for employers to focus on regarding...
Jul 28, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
We read the news so you don’t have to! Among the three things you need to know this week in employee benefits: At the Private Healthcare Exchanges conference in Chicago, one benefits professional characterized her company’s shift from an HMO to a private exchange as “total pandemonium,”...
Jul 24, 2014 by Jennifer Benz.
Take the 2014 Inside Benefits Communication survey today for a chance to win a free conference pass to a best-in-class industry event in either Las Vegas or Washington, D.C.! The survey only takes 10 minutes and includes simple questions that you could answer in your sleep—about your team size,...
Jul 21, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)—established under the Affordable Care Act to help pay for research to evaluate medical treatments—gets its funding in part from fees paid by self-funded employers. For all self-funded health plans, PCORI fees are due by July 31—just 10 days...
Jul 17, 2014 by Liz Webler Rowell.
Although the majority of Americans say the Affordable Care Act has had no direct impact on their lives, the law remains controversial—among the public and in the media. Despite the belated success of the public exchanges, 45% of the public views the law unfavorably. Compared to prior years—when...
Jul 14, 2014 by Kelley M. Butler.
Do e-cigarettes and wellness mix? Electronic cigarettes, battery-powered vaporizers that simulate tobacco smoking, are growing in popularity among individuals seeking to quit tobacco without exposing themselves to the harmful health effects of true cigarette smoking. However, e-cigarettes produce...
Jul 10, 2014 by Jennifer Benz.
Now that the July 4 fireworks have died down, it’s time to start sparking some creative ideas about how to craft a seamless and successful annual enrollment season. Employers have a lot to think about—including health care (reform compliance plus plan design considerations), FSA rollovers (yes or...

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