ORLANDO, Fla. — There are a few important questions for those in the benefits industry when it comes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to Karl Ahlrichs, consultant at Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis.
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First of all, he said, employers are doing a poor job explaining both benefits and PPACA, and its implications, to employees. Though open enrollment is a good time to talk about it, it should certainly not be the only time to do so, he said.
“The power of simplicity is crucial,” he said, adding that employers — and benefits professionals — should be able to explain even the most complex benefit in 30 seconds to employees.