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  • A 'death knell' for PPOs?

    November 26, 2014

    Commentary: Reference-based pricing is slowly catching on with self-insured companies, says AmWINS Group Benefits’ Sam Fleet.

  • EAPs critical in promoting mental well-being

    November 26, 2014

    With mental illness and substance abuse costing employers an estimated $100 billion annually in indirect costs alone, benefit decision-makers are seeing value in promoting employee assistance programs as a means to improve their workforce’s mental well-being.

  • Private exchanges: 'An evolutionary process'

    November 26, 2014

    Towers Watson has spent nearly a billion dollars of its own capital to build out its private exchange offering, OneExchange, through acquisitions. Jim Foreman, Towers Watson’s director of exchange solutions, shares how voluntary continues to grow in a private HIX marketplace and why more and more employers are expressing interest in the offerings.

  • ‘What the heck is defined contribution?’

    November 25, 2014

    Commentary: What makes employers slow to adopt a defined contribution strategy? There are many reasons, says bswift’s Brianna Petro.

  • Smoking cessation app shows results

    November 25, 2014

    A randomized controlled trial found that users of the SmartQuit program, created by Seattle-based 2Morrow, Inc., were 2.5 to three times more likely to quit smoking than those who tried to quit on their own. The program will be offered through employers, health plans and states.

  • Top brokerages share why they’re invested in exchanges (or not)

    November 25, 2014

    Perhaps the hottest trend in benefits right now is the exchange distribution model. In EBA’s ongoing series of discussions with heads of the country’s top brokerages, these leaders share their approach to the exchange system and how they see private exchanges impacting the future of benefits.

  • Benefit experts to discuss outlook for 2015

    November 24, 2014

    What health, retirement, technology, voluntary, and wellness issues will benefit professionals be wrestling with next year? The editors of Employee Benefit Adviser and Employee Benefit News have put together a web seminar series with top benefit experts to offer insights on the biggest 2015 trends.

  • Mobile pregnancy app guides expectant moms to care

    November 24, 2014

    Prenatal and postpartum care programs are not only a benefit for employees who are expecting, they can also help employers avoid unnecessary costs related to preterm births.

  • 2015: ‘A lot less noise’ in private HIX market

    November 24, 2014

    Wizened consumers who are able to analyze their entire out-of-pocket exposure. That’s the goal of ConnectedHealth’s private exchange, says Joe Donlan, the company’s president. However, he predicts that increased consumer engagement is just part of the wave toward more employers adopting private exchanges. Donlan shares his view on where the industry is headed and how brokers fit into the exchange system.

  • Employer mandate focus of House Republicans' lawsuit

    November 21, 2014

    U.S. House Republicans made good on a vote to sue the Obama administration over implementation of the 2010 health-care law with a lawsuit naming the Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury as defendants in what they claim to be a case of constitutional overreach.

  • Americans find only 3 things less satisfying than health insurance

    November 20, 2014

    Health insurance industry has lowest satisfaction rating in nearly a decade, report says.

  • What's wrong with private exchanges

    November 20, 2014

    Commentary: Private exchanges are not the one-size-fits-all solution some in the benefit industry think they are, says broker Judy Miller. The veteran adviser shares her opinion about the promises and pitfalls of the private exchange solution.

  • Review workplace drug policies in light of new state laws

    November 19, 2014

    The 2014 midterm elections did more than just make paid sick leave benefits mandatory and increase minimum wage; ballot measures also approved recreational use of marijuana in various states and regions.

  • Brokers predict increase in employers dropping group health coverage

    November 18, 2014

    A majority of brokers have seen some of their employer clients drop group coverage altogether in reaction to the ACA and double-digit rate increases. That trend, they say, will rise and advisers need to adjust the way they do business if they hope to survive.

  • A 'cynical' look at private exchanges

    November 17, 2014

    Commentary: Are private exchanges just a flex benefits reboot? Lockton’s Mike Smith shares what he thinks will affect their success and adoption.

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