The Employee Benefits Blog

Critical Care Insurance 101

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, May, 03, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

It’s easy to understand that coming down with a critical illness or going through a health emergency could be devastating for your family. It’s harder, though, to quantify exactly how much that emergency or illness might cost, which makes it difficult to prepare for it. May is Critical Care Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to look into health care coverage that can help mitigate large hospital bills for certain health issues.

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Topics: voluntary benefits, employee benefits, critical care insurance

More Companies Embrace Parental Leave Options

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, Apr, 28, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Several well-known companies have announced new parental leave options in the past few months, signaling a change in the way these policies fit into employee benefits. The United States is the only industrialized country that does not mandate paid maternity leave, leaving it up to employers to decide how best to manage employees who want to start a family. But as more employers offer more generous leave to new mothers and fathers, it could signal a big change in what employees may expect. Consider some of these changes and whether they’re a good fit for your company. 

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Topics: maternity leave, employee benefits, paternity leave, parental leave

It’s Not Open Enrollment Season — So Why Are We Talking About It?

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, Apr, 26, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Open enrollment season often feels like it hits at a tough time — for most companies, it goes into full swing at the end of the year, in the midst of holiday breaks and fourth-quarter stress. For many HR leaders, “open enrollment” is a time of year they’d rather not think about until they absolutely have to. But open enrollment doesn’t have to be a stressful time. If you treat open enrollment as a year-round event, it becomes a lot more manageable.

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Topics: benefits communication, employee benefits, open enrollment

Employee Benefits Meet Public Health For World Immunization Week

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, Apr, 21, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Nobody likes to get stuck with a needle, but vaccines are one of the most important and effective ways to stop the spread of diseases. As we approach World Immunization Week, set for April 24-30, it’s a good time to reinforce the importance of immunizations in public health, especially in the face of the Zika virus scare. Employers play a strong role in public health through providing health benefits, so read on to catch up with some of the latest breakthroughs in disease prevention.

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Topics: employee benefits news, immunizations, zika virus, vaccines, flu shot, world immunization week

Advice from the Trenches: Keeping Employee Benefits Simple

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, Apr, 19, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Alicia Greco has worked in the benefits industry for more than 10 years, focusing on retirement and health. She now oversees the account management team here at Winston Benefits, including accounting, implementation and customer service. I talked with her recently about the advice she has for benefits managers to make their complicated jobs easier — and learned she’s a big fan of keeping things simple. Here are her tips.

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Topics: employee benefits, employee benefits management, employee benefits tech

This Month in the Affordable Care Act: Uninsured Rate Declines Again and Legal Battles Continue

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, Apr, 14, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

The Affordable Care Act never seems to completely leave the news, especially with some important legal cases working their way through various courts. The Supreme Court continues to seek solutions to religion-based efforts to be exempted from the law’s contraceptive mandate , and a national restaurant chain may be in trouble for cutting workers’ hours to avoid complying with the ACA.

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Topics: ppaca, Affordable Care Act, ACA

How to Offer A+ Employee Benefits in Education

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, Apr, 12, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

According to a report from the Alliance for Excellent Education, teacher turnover costs up to $2.2 billion a year. With the effect good teachers can have on student performance, it’s vital that school districts attract and retain the best educators they can.

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Topics: voluntary benefits, employee benefits, employee benefits education

Health Savings Accounts Offer Many Tax Advantages

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, Apr, 07, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

It’s nearly April 15 and many of us are thinking about our taxes. Is there something more we could be doing to ensure our financial wellness? Are there ways to protect our finances and our health?

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Topics: health savings account, HDHP, HSA, taxes, financial wellness

What Role Do Employers Play in Public Health?

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, Apr, 05, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

The first week of April is National Public Health Week. While often seen as a community event, employers can play a strong role in public health as well. “Public health” efforts are those aimed at helping people live healthy lives where they live and work. It’s often focused on prevention of injuries and diseases, and includes educational and research efforts as well.

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Topics: employee wellness, employee benefits, public health

World Health Day 2016 Focusing on Diabetes Epidemic

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, Mar, 31, 2016 @ 07:03 AM

World Health Day is April 7, and the theme this year is “Beat Diabetes.” It’s no wonder this is such a big focus. Diabetes is a very serious illness, and its prevalence is growing. It can affect nearly every system in the body, including your eyes, kidneys and nerves. It even increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Topics: health, wellness, diabetes