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Private exchanges are an online bazaar for savvy shoppers

September 2014

Health care insurance has changed and so has the way Americans shop for coverage. Exchanges are the insurance version of Amazon.com; they’re Internet-based bazaars where people and businesses can shop for, compare and buy health care coverage.   Just as consumers use Amazon.com to analyze products and pricing, private exchanges … Read more >

Survey reveals that 43 percent of millennials aren’t reading their benefits handbooks

September 2014

Open enrollment is just around the corner. Your employees will be poised, informed and eager to make smart benefits choices, right?   Unfortunately, probably not. Getting workers to study up on their benefits is a tough row to hoe. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 43 percent of … Read more >

It’s “talking season.” Make sure workers hear your benefits message

September 2014

The weeks before a new sports season kicks off are known as the “talking season.” Employers have a talking season too: the weeks before benefits enrollment. And that season is now.   You may be thinking you don’t have the time to develop benefits communications for your employees. After all, … Read more >

Charades or solitaire? Group or individual insurance? It’s up to you

September 2014

Some of life’s activities are not for solo players – board games, charades and team sports are examples. At other times, we’re on our own: think running on a treadmill, completing a crossword puzzle or playing classic solitaire. The same is true of health insurance coverage. Sometimes it’s smart for … Read more >

Navigating the new world of health insurance

September 2014

Magellan, Lewis and Clark, Columbus … all charted the way to new worlds. Employers serve similar roles today as they map the insurance horizon for workers who are overwhelmed about navigating consumer-driven health care.   Small-business owners may find it challenging to educate employees about benefits. Often, they feel just … Read more >

Employee engagement: Some workers are players – others are just playing games

September 2014

Every company is home to employees with differing attitudes. There are some who regard their work as something they have to do to earn a paycheck, while others put their hearts and souls into their on-the-job responsibilities. In other words, some workers – the engaged ones – are players. Others, … Read more >