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Best blogs on BenefitsPro this week
Make love, not war, by Denis Storey
This is the week we celebrate St. Valentine, with flowers and wine and lots of candy. So it’s either weirdly appropriate or painfully ironic that the beltway explodes in a somewhat contrived debate over contraceptives at the same.
DOL weathers the critics, by Jenny Ivy
DOL's "Budget Web Chat" (#DOLBUDGET) held Monday was an opportunity for social media users to exchange thoughts, concerns, questions and blame with the U.S. agency responsible for the welfare of workers, job seekers and retirees.
Flying the not-so-friendly skies, by Andy Stonehouse
American Airlines has a bigger issue than Alec Baldwin's nasty tweets. Dropping its pension plan and laying off 13,000 employees creates some bad optics.
Top 5 carriers — Anthem, by Dan Cole
Last week, we saw a good example of a health insurance carrier, Aetna, that exemplifies the “average”: typical commissions, straight spread across market sizes, and diverse geographical coverage. This week we’re going to look at the smallest of the top 5: Anthem.
Are annuities the high-speed rail of retirement plans?, by Chris Carosa
If people don’t want a “must have” product, must we really have it?
Most talked-about story on BenefitsPro this week: Make love, not war
Most sardonic reader on BenefitsPro this week
Ceegee: “Get ready for toxic HSA's!” (In response to Bank of America sees record HSA growth)