Last May, we watched with trepidation as floodwater from the swollen Cumberland River submerged the Gaylord Opryland. It would take days for the water to recede in Nashville, and months -- even years -- for Music City to recover.
We needed to think fast. Preparations for Benefits Selling's 2011 Expo were under way, and even though the show was still a year away, our most important detail - the location - had been compromised.
Still the hotel's determination to quickly rebuild kept us in confidence. With rooms at Opryland comprising 10 percent of the total hotel rooms in Nashville, the process of renovation would have to move swiftly. A re-open date in November 2010, 195 days after the epic flood, was projected and fulfilled.
Happy Birthday, Health Reform
Like any major intrusive legislation, the health care reform bill's process of evolution is a slow and gradual one. In this one-on-one interview with Benefits Selling, Roger Abramson, General Counsel for AmeriFlex, gives us some insight on what to expect, and how to react tactfully.
Benefits Selling: What has been the most significant changes of health reform that have presented either a burden, opportunity or both for consumers and employer-sponsored health coverage?
It Ain't Over Yet
The PPACA has had a significant impact on the limited medical industry - and the landscape continues to change as the government provides additional guidance on what is and what is not allowed between now and 2014. With so much uncertainty, let's begin reviewing where things stand in the limited medical (also known as mini-med) marketplace.
Benefits Selling: How has PPACA affected the limited medical industry?
Brian Robertson: The past 12 months has certainly been an interesting time to be involved with group health care. It's been almost a year since the PPACA was passed and there are as many questions today as there are answers about how the law works. Everyone - employees, employers, elected officials, insurance carriers, agents and brokers - is struggling to determine how this legislation will impact them.