Contributing Editor Ed Bray looks ahead to 2014 and outlines 25 areas to watch. In part 1: Everything from analyzing health data to HIPAA compliance and beyond.
Dr. Rafael Bengoa, the Basque region's former minister of health, is currently serving as an adviser to President Obama on ACA implementation.
Chris Duchesne, VP, Global Workplace Solutions for Care.com, outlines the generational shifts in workforce demographics that are causing employers to re-examine their child care and elder care benefit offerings.
Time may not be on the side of carriers in their quest to set appropriate rates for 2015 if the 2014 enrollments take longer than expected because of further online technical delays, public apathy or both.
The National Business Coalition on Health has developed ValuePort, an online benefits administration and strategy tool designed to help employers adopt value-based health strategies tailored to their populations.
In certain regions, such as the Midwest, consumer-driven health plan enrollment is now more than twice that of HMOs, according to Mercer research on how employers mean to combat rising health care costs.
With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great time to emphasize healthy eating and exercise messages in your wellness communications. Employee assistance program provider ComPsych recently recognized four employers with its Health at Work awards. Winning companies were selected based on their wellness programs comprehensiveness, delivery, promotion, participation rates and results achieved. Here are the winners. [Images: Shutterstock]
Consulting firm Towers Watson announced today it has bought private health care exchange provider Liazon, which operates the Bright Choices exchange, for $215 million. The deal further validates the private exchange market, says one of Liazon's competitors.
Currently, one in four flexible savings account holders forfeit money at the end of the year, according to benefit technology company Alegeus.
From active trading to company matches, here are some common misconceptions and the reality your employees may have about their 401(k) plans.
Last week the White House reprieved for a year plans canceled under the Affordable Care Act, a move largely seen as trying to appease angered voters ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. This follows a one-year delay, announced in July, of the employer mandate. While Obamacare doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon, the moves demonstrate that the law is still quite malleable, and more changes could be coming. [Images: Shutterstock]
What the lessons of retail marketing can teach benefit professionals about selling and engaging employees in benefit decisions, resulting in more buy-in on health exchanges.
The announcement that insurance carriers can offer one-year renewals for plans that were cancelled for not being compliant with the Affordable Care Act will have no effect on large employers, most of whom are currently in the middle of open enrollment. Small group plans, however, could be affected.
Bruce Sherman, medical director of Employers Health Coalition, explains the employers role in managing employee health in health care reform environment built upon private and public insurance exchanges. Under ACA, employers have three options: to continue offering coverage; to opt-out of providing health care coverage and pay a penalty; or to move to a defined contribution plan and pay differently into the private exchanges. Sherman, who also serves as the consulting corporate medical director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., details the consequences of making this important decision on employee health, productivity and company performance.
In a new survey of defined benefit retirement plan sponsors, 30% still have their pensions open to new hires, and 70% of those employers think they shall still be offering the plan to all employees five years from now, according a survey released Tuesday.