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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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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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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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[Infographic] 2019 ACA Reporting Deadlines for the 2018 ACA Reporting Year

Written by Julia Goebel | December 16, 2018

As of this writing, a recent decision on December 15, 2018 by a federal court in Texas challenges the constitutionality of the ACA. Legal buffs can read the entire decision here. 

However, this decision is certain to be appealed in higher courts, and as the Associated Press (AP) states: 

"While the decision by the Republican-appointed judge in Texas was sweeping, it has little immediate practical impact because the Affordable Care Act remains in place while the legal battle continues, possibly to the Supreme Court."

The resolution is certain to be months in the making. And with that, the counsel of benefitexpress experts to employers and brokers is to continue with plans to meet the compliance requirements of the ACA, in order to avoid being assessed penalties by the IRS.

Use this infographic to mark these key 2019 IRS filing dates for the 2018 ACA reporting year. Print and post for your own reference -- and share with colleagues.

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[Infographic] IRS Releases More 2019 Benefits Limits

Written by benefitexpress | November 30, 2018

Recently, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2018-57, which announced more than 40 tax provisions for 2019, including the tax rate schedule, and other tax changes.

There were also several increases to 2019 benefits limits. View our infographic below to help illustrate the news.

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How to Strengthen the Employee Benefits Experience to Differentiate Your Company in a Competitive Labor Market [Part 4]

Written by Allison Loehman | November 21, 2018

If you've been following along with our four-part series, you are well on your way to crafting a strategy that aims to strengthen the employee benefits experience — all with the intention of helping your company attract and retain the right employees in today's competitive labor market.

With a solid strategy developed, and S.M.A.R.T goals determined, and the right benefit enrollment system selected for your requirements, you may be tempted to remove your foot from the gas and start working on other projects. Perhaps you are hoping that the upcoming open enrollment experience delivers the results you've planned for. However, hope is not a strategy! And easing up now can be the difference between providing a "good" benefits experience or an "exceptional" benefits experience for your employees. 

That's why in Part Four, we'll wrap up our series with some suggestions around strategy execution, and position a new normal: year-round benefits communication.

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How to Strengthen the Employee Benefits Experience to Differentiate Your Company in a Competitive Labor Market [Part 3]

Written by Allison Loehman | November 16, 2018

We've reached the halfway point of our four-part series in which we break down the top ways HR teams can strengthen the employee benefits experience to differentiate their business in today's competitive labor market. 

Part Three is by far our favorite topic to provide counsel on - how to take advantage of modern benefits administration software to deliver a better benefits experience for your employees.  Leading benefits administration platforms are designed to enhance the employee experience and eliminate paper processes while helping employers highlight available offerings and drive engagement.

However, as with any software, there are a lot of options out there, so it's crucial to define the key capabilities your organization will evaluate when comparing providers. We'll walk you through how to identify these, in the section below. 

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