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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Is education care the new elder care?

    September 22, 2014

    When West Pharmaceutical Services, a medical device company headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, surveyed employees at its corporate head office, it found that roughly 8% of the 400 employees at that location were interested in either receiving more information about special-needs education or receiving immediate help to navigate the school system for their special-needs child.


  • Smart, timely communication on retirement may be key to engaging younger generation

    September 22, 2014

    Having an engaging 401(k) plan recordkeeper, partnered with innovative online educational tools, may provide a solution to piercing the Gen Y markets as more and more of the current employee base moves closer to retirement.


  • Employers, food industry play vital role in curbing obesity epidemic

    September 22, 2014

    As the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a consortium of companies that includes consumer staples such as Mars, Inc., Nestle USA, Bumble Bee Foods, General Mills, PepsiCo and the Coca-Cola Company, surpassed its goal of cutting calories from its food and beverage products, employers can also play a vital role in helping to solve nation’s obesity epidemic.


  • Employer mistakes with leave of absence policies can be costly

    September 18, 2014

    The Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act have been in effect for more than two decades. Yet, these laws continue to present challenges for employers seeking to balance the legal entitlements of employees against the need to meet operational and workload demands.


  • 8 tips to share with employees to ensure a successful open enrollment

    September 18, 2014

    As open enrollment season approaches, benefit managers are moving into high gear as they prepare to answer employee questions and concerns about their 2015 benefits. And as employees take on more responsibility for their health care, it’s more important than ever for them to understand how they can make the most of the programs and benefits their employers are offering.


  • Big business develops roadmap for a healthier, more productive workforce

    September 18, 2014

    U.S. health care spending is expected to reach close to 19% of America’s gross domestic product by next year, and private sector leaders are taking the opportunity to unite and create a healthier employee base.


  • 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 EBN’s coverage and analysis of the event to see how these new technologies could impact the benefits business:


  • Leading CEOs partner to inspire wellness programs across all U.S. employers

    September 17, 2014

    A panel of U.S. companies representing more than 1 million active employees and another 50 million retirees across the globe convened Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to unveil a campaign aimed at reducing the nation’s health care costs.


  • What are the 4 types of private exchanges?

    September 16, 2014

    New analysis finds there are four types of private exchanges – what are they and how do employers pick which is right for them?


  • Critical illness voluntary benefits, mobile technology use expected to increase

    September 16, 2014

    As interest increases in employers offering voluntary benefits, a particularly large number of employers are beginning to add a more robust range of voluntary benefits to improve morale of existing employees and attract new talent.


  • New benefit offers education help to parents of special-needs children

    September 12, 2014

    myEdGPS helps working parents of special needs children map out an education plan for their child and offers guidance on how to access certain services through school systems, leading to tangible savings on health care costs for employers and health plans.


  • Brokers play increased role in private exchange adoption

    September 12, 2014

    A new analysis estimates even more employers will move active employees to private exchanges in part because brokers are taking on a bigger role in pushing them as a solution to rising health care costs.


  • War for talent: Organizations reassess pay, bonuses to compete

    September 11, 2014

    As the dust clears on the recession, and the job market picks up, employers are re-examining their compensation and bonus pay structures.



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