NC Healthcare Benefits And Cost Survey: The Results Are In!

By |May 10th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

As an employer, do you find yourself asking the following questions about medical insurance: “What’s the average increase?” “How do my rates compare to market?” “Are my benefits and payroll deductions competitive?” “Should I implement [...]

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Paid Family and Sick Leave: A Country Divided

By |May 5th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Last year, New York became the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family leave, having enacted a paid sick leave law in 2014.  While New York is set to implement the paid family [...]

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Heads Up: HR Technology Has Everyone Looking Down

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

It is not your imagination that everyone is staring at their laps. Mobile and wearables have the focus of your employees and they are increasingly wanting you to deliver benefit content and updates to them [...]

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Proposed Senate Bills Look to Expand Telehealth Usage in Medicare

By |April 18th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

As shared by my colleague Dax Hill, telemedicine has continued to gain in popularity over the past couple of years.   In our local market, Aetna, Cigna, and UHC have already added telemedicine to their fully [...]

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House GOP Looking for Alternates to Health Replacement

By |April 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

When leaders in the House of Representatives cancelled a scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act in late March, both President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated that the issue would not be [...]

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The Telecommuting Paradox: Work Perk or Innovation Sacrifice?

By |April 5th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

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 [...]

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Will Direct Primary Care Start Trending with Employers?

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

For many people, establishing a relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) is an important part of managing their overall health.  The PCP has first-hand knowledge of their patients’ medical history and work to coordinate [...]

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Using Data To Make Your Benefit Plan More Efficient

By |March 21st, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Tired of guessing whether your employees value their benefits?  Using big data can help you quantify whether employees are leveraging the many ways you’re investing in their overall wellbeing and engagement. Big data, or data [...]

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Transitional Health Plans For Small Employers Extended Another Year

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

Many small employers that offer health insurance have been skirting complete Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) compliance by using a little-known caveat: the Transitional Policy. This policy allows state insurance commissioners to permit [...]

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HSA: The Wave of the Future?

By |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Are Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) the wave of the future?  It appears that way.  HSAs have been referenced by President Trump, the new Secretary of Health & Human Services, and Congress as part of the [...]

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The Fight To Rein In Pharmaceutical Costs

By |March 6th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Rising 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 that the [...]

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Cost Of Life And Disability Insurance On The Rise

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

In 2016, we saw articles from several publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, highlighting a trend we are seeing in the life insurance market of increasing premiums.  While it was [...]

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Will Employers Embrace Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements?

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

A new option for small employers was signed into law on December 15, 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.  The 21st Century Cures Act is a very broad piece of legislation intended [...]

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What Will Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Mean For Employers?

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

When former President Obama left office in January, President Trump inherited a Supreme Court vacancy that he would need to fill. After providing a list of candidates during the campaign, on January 31st President Trump [...]

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Top 5 Employee Benefit Trends for 2017

By |January 31st, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Now that the new presidential administration is in place, it’s time to look forward to see what is on the horizon for key employee benefit trends.  A recent article in Benefit Focus narrowed in on [...]

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Has Long Term Care Insurance Hit A Crossroads?

By |January 24th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

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 these expected costs, Medicaid and [...]

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Half Of Employees Don’t Understand Their Benefits, Study Shows

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Do your employees understand your benefits?  If not, you are not alone.  A study performed by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans highlighted a void that exists in Employee Benefits.  That void: communication. According [...]

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5 Tips For Implementing A Group Benefits Plan

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

If you operate a startup company, or your established business has recently grown larger than 50 employees, one of the most daunting items on your 2017 to-do list may be implementing a group benefits plan [...]

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NC Healthcare Benefits & Cost Survey Now Open

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

As the Obama era comes to a close, employers are looking ahead to the Trump Administration and trying to anticipate what changes will come down the road that will affect their benefit offerings. In order [...]

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3 Benefit Considerations For Millennials

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Millennials, usually described as the emerging generation of the workforce including those born between 1980 and 1996, are quickly becoming a large percentage of the employed population.  As with every new workforce generation, employers watch [...]

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