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  • Strategic planning takes on new importance

    October 1, 2014

    With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, strategic planning for benefit plans has taken on a new level of importance. Yet very few employers have a strategic plan in place for benefits, said Bill Hembree, CEO, Health Research Institute during this week’s Benefits Forum & Expo in Boca Raton, Fla.


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • Thrift savings plan targets retirement messages to younger generation

    September 11, 2014

    EBN’s annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, including the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, winner of Best Use of Social Media.


  • Shared responsibility for health key message of Robins & Morton campaign

    September 10, 2014

    EBN's annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, including Robins & Morton, winner of Best Intranet/Employee Portal.


  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals promotes value of benefits, reduces enrollment confusion

    September 9, 2014

    EBN's annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, including Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., winner of Best Print or Online Newsletter.


  • AECOM campaign educates employees on merits of CDHPs

    September 8, 2014

    EBN’s annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits, and are awarded in four categories: Best Overall Communications Campaign, Best Print or Online Employee Newsletter, Best Employee Intranet or Portal and Best Use of Social Media. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, starting with AECOM, i-COMM winner for Best Overall Communications Campaign.


  • Focus on CDHP education pays dividends for Zions Bancorporation

    September 8, 2014

    Diana Andersen’s efforts to educate employees made the Affordable Care Act a ‘nonevent’ for Zions Bancorporation. Andersen is EBN’s 2014 Benny Award winner for Benefits Leadership in Health Care.


  • The surprising consequences of health plan data breaches

    August 1, 2014

    It appears that slackers, not hackers, are mostly responsible for the invasion of health care records - and the overly curious (or bored) employees who are the culprits can cost employers millions in HIPPA fines.


  • 3 questions to ask before moving to a private exchange

    July 24, 2014

    The move to a private exchange could be difficult for employees who generally are not accustomed to making benefits plan decisions for themselves, or who balk at the potential of an increased out-of-pocket burden. It’s incumbent upon employers to guide them through the transition to help them accept the idea that having more power and choice is a good trade-off to taking on more risk.


  • Employers adjusting benefits spending habits to focus on health care

    July 3, 2014

    Employers are spending more money to keep their employees healthy, even if it means sacrificing other benefits.


  • Industry reacts to Hobby Lobby decision

    July 2, 2014

    Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that, as applied to closely held corporations, Obamacare’s contraception mandate requiring employers to provide workers with no-cost access to contraception violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Reaction to the case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., was swift, although most legal experts believe it is not likely to have broad implications for the majority of employer-sponsored health care plans.


  • Digging in to private exchanges

    July 1, 2014

    Still in their infancy, private exchanges present a tremendous opportunity to rein in health care spending and help HR deal with more pressing issues. But what makes a good one, and how are they growing?]


  • Emergence of single-carrier model expected in private HIX

    June 19, 2014

    Private exchanges increasingly will feature single-carrier rather than multicarrier networks as well as more expansive product lines.


  • 10 ACA issues employers need information on

    June 3, 2014

    Groom Law Group outlines ten potential issues that employers may have questions about with the health law and gives tips on how benefit advisers can clarify these areas for their clients. [All images: Fotolia]


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