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Is it Time to Break-Up with Your Ben Admin Provider?

Written by Melissa Wood | February 14, 2019

Like relationships, it can be hard to pull the plug from a partner who is not fulfilling your needs. Maybe you're experiencing broken promises, poor communication, or you were sold a field of dreams. 

Is it time to see what else is out there? You deserve a partner who will work overtime for you and value the relationship. Take our friendly quiz to reveal your relationship results!

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Employee Benefits Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions

Written by Allison Loehman | February 12, 2019

As of September 2018, merger and acquisition deals involving American companies reported a value of $1.3 trillion and represented 40% of all global M&A activity — putting 2018 on pace to break records for corporate consolidation.

Mammoth agreements like Cigna Group’s acquisition of Express Scripts Holding Co. and Keurig Green Mountain Inc’s merge with Dr Pepper Snapple Group are just two examples of the wave of M&A touching companies and industries of all shapes and sizes.

But once the ink dries on the M&A agreement, resource-strapped HR departments often find themselves faced with an overwhelming task. They must unite new and existing employees around a common benefit offering that will likely represent change for all. This requires HR professionals to carefully analyze needs, build the right benefits package and have an infrastructure to support roll-out and employee education.

For many human resources professionals, an M&A project may present itself only once or twice during an entire career. However, these events are routine in our world, and we are here to help.

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, February 19th at 1:00 pm central for a deep-dive into common employee benefits issues raised in mergers and acquisitions.

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Improving your New Hire Welcoming Procedures: The Pre-Hire Experience

Written by Julia Goebel | February 4, 2019

As we discussed in our last installment, new hires are the lifeblood of any organization. Every time an employee begins, it is an opportunity.

Whether the opportunity means new ideas, new talent, extra hands at the oars - or welcome relief to a long task list - a new hire is a chance to set the tone for their time with the company. Start with the offer letter and continue with these practical tips for welcoming new hires. 

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Improving your New Hire Welcoming and Onboarding Procedures

Written by Julia Goebel | January 27, 2019

New hires are the lifeblood of any organization. As employees begin, whether new to employment or experienced hires, it is an opportunity to set the right tone for their work, and over time, improve the workforce of your company.

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Webinar | Is the ACA Invalid? Learn About the Recent Federal District Court Decision

Written by Julia Goebel | January 18, 2019

Recently a Federal District Court held in Texas, et al. v. United States of America, et al. that the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional, and that the other provisions in the ACA are invalid because they are inseverable from the individual mandate.

So, what does this mean for your organization?

Watch our one-hour webinar and keep up-to-date on the recent legislative developments in the Federal ACA appeal. This webinar is important for any insurance broker, TPA, employer or adviser who wants to be prepared to understand the Court's decision to declare the ACA invalid.

The webinar was held on January 22, 2019, hosted by Larry Grudzien, ERISA Attorney and compliance expert.

Scroll down to download a copy of the slides or view a recording of the webinar.

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How To Evaluate Your Benefits Administration Outsourcing Vendor After Open Enrollment

Written by Allison Loehman | January 13, 2019

If you've followed along with us for the last few weeks, you know that we've been focusing on providing helpful content to guide your post-open enrollment analysis efforts.

Today we wrap-up our series with a list of questions you can use to evaluate your benefits administration outsourcing vendor's performance after open enrollment.

The questions are broken down into four main topics:

1) Did your vendor meet their service level agreements?

2) What are the areas for improvement?

3) What were the key accomplishments?

4) What's next? Is your vendor prepared to take you further in 2019?

These key questions are the starting point for the oftentimes difficult, and always meaningful task of evaluating your benefits administration outsourcing vendor after open enrollment has ended.

Keep reading to get the full list of questions!

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Legislative Update: Recent Developments in the Federal ACA Appeal

Written by Julia Goebel | January 5, 2019

Recently we wrote about the decision by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in which he found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. To catch up on what this means for employers and insurance producers, as well as links to the legal decision in the federal record, review our commentary published here last month.

Now to the latest development:

While Judge O'Connor's December 14, 2018 decision is reviewed by higher courts through the appeals process, O'Connor issued a stay on his own ruling, on December 30, 2018. Read on to explore what this means to employers and covered individuals.

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Three Conversations You Need To Have With Your Broker After Open Enrollment

Written by Allison Loehman | January 4, 2019

This week, we deliver the third part of our series designed to help you create and execute a powerful post-open enrollment analysis strategy.

In case you need to catch up: 

Part 1 covered the top five post open enrollment survey questions to ask your employees.

Part 2 showed you how to survey your key internal stakeholders around the topics of planning, execution, results, and communication to obtain a retrospective evaluation of open enrollment. 

Today we will explain the three most important conversations you need to have with your broker after open enrollment. As you work to achieve better enrollment numbers, your broker can be a valuable resource, helping you define more effective benefit packages and ensuring your employees take advantage of coverage in a holistic way.

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From all of us at benefitexpress...

Written by Julia Goebel | December 30, 2018

If you're reading this, we thank you for being a blog subscriber, an occasional reader or new visitor. Every week, we post news and information, tips and perspectives from the experts at benefitexpress. To do so, we draw from our internal team members, as well as the resources from across the industry

At benefitexpress, 2018 has been an exciting, eventful and occasionally unexpected year. And it was the most successful year in our company history in all areas. Here are a few highlights: 

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Best of the Blog, 2018 Edition.

Written by benefitexpress | December 30, 2018

At benefitexpress, we strive to bring the best of benefits administration services to our clients and partners every day. In the spirit of the season, we're rounding up the best blogs based on your feedback, sharing and visits as we wrap up 2018 and prepare to ring in 2019.

Read on for a digest of the top blog posts here at benefitexpress, covering topics as diverse as:

  • Employee education and decision support
  • Changes in Benefits Limits for 2019
  • Strategies for Post-Open Enrollment Success
  • Strengthening the Employee Benefits Experience
  • And a bonus topic...

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