Category Archives: Resources

  1. Ben-Admin Technology Continues to Drive Voluntary Sales

    The voluntary benefits Industry continues to grow year over year. Part of this trend is due to the increasing prevalence of benefits technology. Interesting growth trends for the voluntary benefits industry are as follows: New business premium increased at a rate of 4.5% in 2018 Total sales for the year (2018) were $8.5 billion The…

  2. Why So Many Older Americans Rate Their Health As Good Or Even Excellent

    Judith Graham A common myth about aging is that older adults are burdened by illness and feel lousy much of the time. In fact, the opposite is usually true. Most seniors report feeling distinctly positive about their health. Consider data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey (the most recent available), administered by the U.S….

  3. Employers getting more inventive on lower-cost employee health care

    Employers are looking to expand offerings in many areas, including onsite services such as behavioral health and childcare. Employers are trying more ways to bring down costs on high-quality health care for employees, according to Willis Towers Watson’s Health Care Access & Delivery Survey, including centers of excellence, on- or near-site clinics and high-performance networks. Chief among…

  4. Celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day Like a Boss

    The start of Administrative Professionals Day dates back to World War II when the U.S. was facing a shortage of administrative personnel due to a combination of birthrate decline and a post-war business boom. Mary Barrett and C. King Woodbridge launched the holiday while serving on a council addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers. Today, we cannot…

  5. Did you know? Amazon now takes HSA, FSA payments

    By Marlene Satter The move allows people with FSAs and HSAs to pay Amazon for out-of-pocket medical expenses with pretax dollars. Wading in even deeper to the health care arena, Amazon has announced that customers can now pay for appropriate purchases, such as cold medications and glucometers, with their health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts. CNBC reports that…

  6. Health care Artificial Intelligence & machine learning: 4.5 things to know

    By Tonia Degner This year, 56.3 million personal digital assistants, including Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s new HomePod, will ship to homes. What can those devices do for health care? Has Alexa changed your life yet? Vacuum the floor, start the dishwasher, feed the cat, clean the litter box, order more paper towels and lower the…

  7. New court docs: Amazon & Co. want to ‘reinvent what insurance looks like’

    By Marlene Satter Stoddard suggested that employers could try different approaches to getting across to employees just what their health plans cover, since workers are often confused. The joint health care venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan is slowly giving up additional details as testimony proceeds in a court case filed by UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum. The Wall…

  8. Younger Generations, Dissatisfied with Healthcare, Will Drive Change

    Younger generations want more convenient and transparent care and are more likely to support providers that meet these demands. By Scott Wooldridge Younger adults are pushing for changes to the status quo in health care, and even older consumers are willing to try non-traditional models of care, according to a new report. The online study by Accenture surveyed 8,000…

  9. Healthcare Spending Hits Record High Despite Flat Rates of Utilization

    The average annual health care spending for individuals with employer-sponsored plans reached an all-time high of $5,641 in 2017. By Scott Wooldridge Health care spending in the U.S. continues to increase, a new study from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) finds. Overall, per-person spending increased 4.2 percent in 2017, the report found. The average annual health care spending…

  10. Why mobile should be a part of your benefits communication strategy

    HR leaders still using breakroom posters, emailed memos or snail mail are missing the mark on communicating to a large percentage of their employee base. As many HR professionals can attest, communicating information such as benefits to employees can be a daunting task. Keeping up-to-date on ever-changing policies and regulations and helping employees understand what they all mean can be…