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Employee Benefits News Roundup: "Skinny” Healthcare Plans

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Last Wednesday, the National Business Group on Health released a survey that polled 136 large companies about the healthcare packages they’ll be offering employees in 2015. The survey revealed that big companies plan to save on healthcare expenses by offering “skinny plans” --  less costly plans that don’t meet ACA coverage guidelines -- alongside more expensive (and therefore less likely to be chosen) plans that do meet ACA requirements. Read on to learn more about the study’s findings.

Winston Benefits Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Winston ALS Challenge

We’ve all seen friends, colleagues, politicians and celebrities sharing videos of themselves taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This viral movement has raised (as of yesterday) a staggering $79.7 million for the ALS Association, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Employee Benefits News Roundup: Stress and Wellness at Work

Wellness and Stress

Stress and its effect on productivity are serious concerns for employees and employers alike in today’s uncertain, fast-moving business world. That, in part, is driving employee wellness as a priority for many companies, and stress-relieving measures are being used both as employee benefits and savvy moves toward increased productivity.

Identity Theft Protection as a Voluntary Benefit

Identity Theft

Identity theft has always been an issue, but the rise of Internet communication has made it easier for people to pose as others online, steal passwords and access accounts. According to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 7 percent of people 16 or older experienced identity theft in 2012. Almost 14 percent suffered a financial loss because of the identity theft -- and of those, about half lost $100 or more. According to the report, financial losses due to personal identity theft totaled $24.7 billion.

Employee Benefits News Roundup: New Report on State Health Care Spending

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The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation collaborated on the State Health Care Spending Project’s report "State Employee Health Plan Spending: An examination of premiums, cost drivers and policy approaches.” The report examines spending on employee health benefits, comparing data from 49 states. Read on to learn how your state stacks up.

Have You Considered Offering Your Employees Elder Care Benefits?

elder care benefits

As the workforce ages, more middle-aged employees are finding themselves navigating care or actively caring for their parents and other elderly relatives. A recent study by Workplace Options found that 15 million people in the U.S. are providing unpaid care for someone with dementia.

Employee Benefits News Roundup: Aon Hewitt Health Care Survey

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Aon Hewitt has released its 2014 Health Care Survey, which polled 1,230 U.S. employers about their health care benefits. Read on for the results of the study, along with more information about steps employers are taking to optimize benefits plans and improve the health of workers.

Outcomes-Based Wellness Incentives: What You Need to Know

outcome-based wellness incentives

A recent study by bswift finds that almost a quarter of large employers with wellness programs provide outcomes-based incentives. In addition, almost half are considering them for 2015. Outcomes-based wellness incentives give employees a reward to work toward as they try to achieve their wellness goals, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. Are they right for your company?

Employee Benefits News Roundup: Voluntary Benefits Are Becoming More Popular

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As health care costs rise and employers struggle to recruit and retain employees -- including part-time workers -- more are starting to offer voluntary benefits or increase the variety of voluntary benefits included in their compensation packages. This week, we’ve gathered articles about the many reasons voluntary benefits are becoming more popular and what employers need to know about offering them.

Prudential Study: Voluntary Benefits and the Battle for Top Talent

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Voluntary benefits continue to grow in importance when it comes putting together strong benefits packages that appeal to employees. That’s one of the main results found in Prudential’s Eighth Annual Study of Employee Benefits: Today & Beyond.

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