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Apr. 11, 2019: Meeting with the C-Suite: Don't mention health insurance

By Emily Payne

“Forget that you’re in the insurance business.” That’s one of the many pieces of advice, this one coming from Seth Denson of GDP Advisors, offered for brokers as they pivot from having conversations about employee benefits with the HR department to having them with the C-Suite. Denson, along with Kim Eckelbarger of Tropical Benefits and Kareim Cade of great Lakes Benefit Group, shared their experiences and tips for talking to the C-Suite as part of a recent panel hosted by The Olson Group’s Andy Neary at the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo. Read More

What to know about the EEOC's latest proposed regulations

By Sally Ramsey and Robin Shea

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed regulations that were published in the February 22 edition of the Federal Register. For the most part, the proposed regulations simply make “official” what the agency has been doing for years. But they contain a few interesting substantive provisions, too. Read More

Unusual alliances form to oppose ruling that found the ACA unconstitutional

By Nate Robson

Nearly two dozen amicus briefs flooded into the ongoing appeal on Monday of a federal judge’s ruling striking down the entire Affordable Care Act. The briefs saw two Republican states crossing the aisle to oppose the ruling that found the Obama-era health care law unconstitutional. It also saw unusual alliances, such as four legal academics, Jonathan Adler, Nicholas Bagley, Abbe Gluck, Ilya Somin, teaming up to oppose the decision. Read More

What the SECURE Act means for annuities in 401k(s)

By Nick Thornton

For years prior to the passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, sponsors of defined contribution plans were aware of automatic enrollment’s potential to vastly improve retirement plan design. But adoption of the feature was relatively slack, notwithstanding the persuasiveness of behavioral economics research correlating auto-features with higher participation rates in retirement plans. Read More

Coverage, prevention and research: Health care CPR for the 21st century

By Rosalie L. Donlon

Brokers are concerned about the future of the U.S. health care system. They need to understand the changes coming their way so they can work with employers and carriers to design the best plans possible for their clients. Susan Blumenthal, former assistant surgeon general and a leading health expert, gave brokers a detailed overview of advances in medicine, science and technology that can improve health in the U.S. during her presentation, “How to breathe new life into the health care system,” at the 15th annual BenefitsPRO Broker Expo, April 3, in Miami, Florida. Read More

States pushing for caregiver tax credits

By Samantha Young, California Healthline

A tax credit would be welcome relief to the estimated 40 million people caring for family members nationwide. Caregiver and client Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin are considering caregiver tax credit legislation, and AARP expects measures also to be introduced in Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio. Read More

2019 Broker of the Year: Tim Doherty

By Scott Wooldridge

Having conversations with top brokers really drives home the amount of change the industry is going through. The combination of a sweeping federal health reform, uncertainty about future regulation, new technology, and rapidly evolving consumer expectations can make one dizzy. But there’s no doubt that change is needed, says Tim Doherty, president and founder of Pinnacle HR Solutions. Doherty and his firm went back to square one in thinking about their roles and how to be more effective in today’s market.  Read More

Amazon launches HIPAA-compliant Alexa health care skills

By Marlene Satter

Amazon is venturing ever deeper into the health care field with six new HIPAA-compliant skills for its voice assistant Alexa. According to Venture Beat, the skills can perform such actions as assisting caregivers to deliver team updates and checking the status of home prescription deliveries. Read More

Jeff Sopko