Employee Benefit News' Audio Arena

Welcome to Employee Benefit News’s podcast channel. Here you’ll find audios of EBN editors interviewing the benefit field’s movers and shakers on the latest news, biggest issues and hottest trends -- as well as practical advice on how HR can overcome today’s most pressing challenges.

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June 19, 2014

Employers still focused on health care costs, despite 'distraction' of ACA

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The National Business Group on Health's new CEO, Brian Marcotte, discusses two issues employers are focused on right now besides ACA compliance, and warns that accountable care organizations run the risk of being stereotyped the same way managed care organizations were 20 years ago.

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May 30, 2014

Value-based insurance design gains momentum

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Mark Fendrick, M.D., director of the University of Michigan's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, discusses how a hybrid HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan that covers secondary prevention might increase the generosity of services covered while still creating a necessary level of employee responsibility for health care.

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May 29, 2014

HDHPs see continued growth

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Matthew Owenby, vice president of human resources at Aflac, shares results from the company's latest Workforces Report, including why cost-shifting in the form of high-deductible health plans is still growing.

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May 6, 2014

Tool helps employers track dental plan use

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John Gumkowski, director of sales and marketing with Delta Dental of New Jersey, talks to Managing Editor Andrea Davis about its Dental Action Report, designed to benchmark the oral health habits and patterns of plan members.

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May 1, 2014

Employers eager for adviser guidance on ACA

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Julie Stich, director of research for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, outlines important legislation and guidance affecting employers in 2014 and discusses employer concerns that benefit advisers can help address.

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March 31, 2014

Too soon to tell the success of the ACA

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Despite open enrollment ending March 31, Cynthia Cox, senior policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, says that the success of the Affordable Care Act will depend on a number of factors and is what really matters in the long-term. She also shares where we go from here.

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February 28, 2014

Why you shouldn’t tell a vision carrier ‘you’re just vision’

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A new study finds a surprisingly high number of chronic diseases are first diagnosed by an eye doctor. Listen in as VSP’s Jim McGrann shares the latest statistics on why vision coverage means much more than eye care.

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February 18, 2014

The ROI of voluntary legal plans

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Managing Editor Andrea Davis chats with Marci Bowers, director of sales and marketing with Hyatt Legal Plans, about the benefits of legal plans and why employers should measure their return-on-investment.

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July 3, 2013

Employer mandate delay not surprising

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James Napoli, head of Proskauer's health care reform task force, explains to Managing Editor Andrea Davis why he wasn't entirely surprised by the government's decision to delay the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate.

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June 26, 2013

DOMA decision: Uncertainty for multistate employers

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Diane Thompson, a lawyer with Ballard Spahr, discusses what the Supreme Court decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case means for employers and what steps they should be taking now.

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