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About Steve Byrd

Area VP, Health & Welfare Consultant - Steve plays a key role within HCW serving as an Area VP, Health & Welfare Consultant. Steve’s high integrity, diligent and conscientious manner is his key to providing our clients with exceptional service and exciting results.
12 09, 2017

The Impact of Opioid Abuse on Employers

By |September 12th, 2017|Health Management|Comments Off on The Impact of Opioid Abuse on Employers

The Impact of Opioid Abuse on EmployersThe United States tops the world in drug deaths. More people died from overdoses in 2015 than car accidents and gun violence. Employers are not isolated from these results. One senior manufacturing manager describes this [...]

11 07, 2017

New Trends in Wearable Healthcare Technology

By |July 11th, 2017|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on New Trends in Wearable Healthcare Technology

New Trends in Wearable Healthcare TechnologyAs our population continues to age, correlating with increased prevalence of chronic conditions, the importance of monitoring vital-signs is becoming ever more essential to maintaining appropriate health levels.  Over the past few years, wearable technologies that track [...]

5 04, 2017

The Telecommuting Paradox: Work Perk or Innovation Sacrifice?

By |April 5th, 2017|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on The Telecommuting Paradox: Work Perk or Innovation Sacrifice?

Telecommuting As employers continue to evaluate perks for their employees, telecommuting ranks as one of the more popular options.  Currently, remote workers make up about 25% of the overall workforce, while nearly 40% of the workforce has worked in some [...]

6 03, 2017

The Fight To Rein In Pharmaceutical Costs

By |March 6th, 2017|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on The Fight To Rein In Pharmaceutical Costs

The Fight To Reign In Pharmaceutical CostsRising pharmaceutical prices have been the subject of conversation for a while now.  There were many conversations during the recent Presidential race and many ideas around how to curb these costs.  It appears [...]

24 01, 2017

Has Long Term Care Insurance Hit A Crossroads?

By |January 24th, 2017|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Has Long Term Care Insurance Hit A Crossroads?

Has Long Term Care Insurance Hit A Crossroads_Every day between now and 2029 an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Americans will turn 65. Of those individuals, 70% will need some form of Long Term Care (LTC). Out of [...]

13 09, 2016

Financial Wellness: A New Trend In Employee Benefits

By |September 13th, 2016|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Financial Wellness: A New Trend In Employee Benefits

financial-wellnessEmployers are becoming more invested in their employees’ wellness than ever.  Many employers understand that “wellness” can extend to other areas of their employees’ lives, including financial wellness.  According to a recent report, over half of employers are [...]

19 07, 2016

Sun Setting Isn’t Just for Beach Vacations: North Carolina Small-Group Transitional Relief Is Ending In 2018!

By |July 19th, 2016|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on Sun Setting Isn’t Just for Beach Vacations: North Carolina Small-Group Transitional Relief Is Ending In 2018!

Sun Setting Isn’t Just for Beach Vacations(2)Small business group insurance requirements under the Affordable Care Act have been, to put it mildly, confusing. While the ACA did not require small businesses (as it defined them, those with fewer than [...]

10 06, 2016

Pharmacies, Big Pharma, and Rising Prescription Prices

By |June 10th, 2016|Employee Benefits|Comments Off on Pharmacies, Big Pharma, and Rising Prescription Prices

Pharmacies,Big Pharma,and Rising Prescription PricesA key trend among medical plans lately has been the move away from traditional pharmacy tiers. In the traditional model, generics — regardless of cost — reside under the least expensive copay tiers on your medical [...]

8 02, 2016

ACA: If You Build It, They Will Come. Or Will They?

By |February 8th, 2016|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on ACA: If You Build It, They Will Come. Or Will They?

ACA_ If you build it they will comeIf you build it, they will come. That’s a memorable line from a favorite movie of mine, Field of Dreams. When I think of Roy standing out in his cornfield, considering a [...]

22 10, 2015

Shifting Sands Of ACA | Impact On Small Group Definition

By |October 22nd, 2015|Healthcare Reform|Comments Off on Shifting Sands Of ACA | Impact On Small Group Definition

ThinkstockPhotos-466221345The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought with it many changes to the insurance industry, but it has also brought many changes to the law itself since implementation. Perhaps one of the biggest changes just occurred as the definition [...]

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