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ACA is Here. Are You Ready? (Webinar) 

Friday, February 07, 2014 11:16:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
All employers with 50+ employees need to comply with ACA (the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”). The first step in developing your ACA Compliance Action Plan is to take an honest look at how prepared you are right now to meet ACA requirements.... read more
 

CFOs examine health care benefits through financial lens - Business Insurance article 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:47:00 PM Categories: News and Views
This article highlights a significant development in health plan management -- the emerging role of the CFO. Our work with CFO magazine's training program showed not only growing interest by CFOs but the positive impact that involvement has on... read more
 

Preparing for 2014's Pay-or-Play Penalties - ebn article 

Friday, January 17, 2014 1:59:00 PM Categories: News and Views
Check out this link. This is another example of why self-funded plans need to start working on ACA compliance now. Waiting until 2015 is too late. Comparing and combining payroll information with enrollment information sounds simple but it is... read more
 

Your ACA Plan (Webinar) 

Thursday, January 09, 2014 3:52:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
2014 will be a year to remember for self-funded health plans. On top of current responsibilities, add complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). 2014 is the one-year ACA “extension.” By the end of 2014, group health plans must... read more
 

ACA Preventive Services: Ignore at your Own Risk (Webinar) 

Monday, November 25, 2013 10:00:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
ACA requirements for self-funded plans continue. One of the newer additions to this growing list of requirements is the elimination of cost-sharing for certain preventive services. This webinar explores what the new preventive rules encompass and ... read more
 

Technology and Data Skills Becoming a Necessity for Brokers 

Monday, November 11, 2013 9:56:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This video is yet another example of how the ability to use technology and “big data” is becoming a competitive necessity for brokers and consultants. Brokers we work with compete successfully with the biggest national consulting houses on the... read more
 

The Future of ACA and Benefit Communication: Speaking in Human (Webinar) 

Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:53:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Occasionally you encounter a product that is interesting enough that you want to see what others think. This next webinar does that. We introduce you to ALEX®, a communication product from The Jellyvision Lab. Instead of insurance speak, industry ... read more
 

Secret Provider Agreements -- Where They Came From. Why They Must Go. (Webinar) 

Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:13:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Every national PPO now relies on secret agreements with providers to maintain their networks. Because they are secret, employers and the self-funded plans they sponsor cannot review these agreements even though these same self-funded plans are... read more
 

Employee Benefit News Says 90% of Employees Still Have ACA Questions 

Monday, September 23, 2013 10:19:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This article points to a growing problem. Employees are confused about ACA/Obamacare and their employers are silent. We have found that communicating about ACA is not difficult. Not communicating is what creates the problems. read more
 

What Happens After Open Enrollment (And Before Obamacare)? (Webinar) 

Thursday, September 05, 2013 3:57:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Open enrollment is a hassle you survive. Or at least that’s the view of most benefits staff. However, a growing number of savvy benefits professionals see open enrollment as the beginning of a management process to control health benefit costs... read more
 
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