Today, a question about health insurance came up. Our own. And nobodycould answer it. (Like many employees, we ask each other firstrather than seek out HR.)

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What if, when employees had a question, the employer’s benefits page had a Siri clone that wouldanswer the question based on all the data it had about anemployee’s situation?

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We’re not there yet. Still, we see the industry creating andembracing technology with every new day.

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Document tool for ERISA compliance

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A cloud-based document generator tool for brokers and agents isnow available from Infinisource Benefit Services. Its goal is to helpbrokers keep clients compliant with ERISA reporting requirements.The POP/ERISA Document Generator lets you create and print completePremium Only Plan and ERISA documents from an online portal.

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Online benefits exchange

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For brokers and agents looking to provide additional programs toemployers, benefit product provider LiDAC is offering Legal Club’s Group Legal andID Theft products for quoting, implementation, and enrollment.Service agreements are issued and group installed immediatelythrough LiDAC.com Online Broker Employee Benefits Exchange.

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Uber-like tool for allocating nurses

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Some are predicting a future shortage of nurses. But withintelligent scheduling, the supply of nurses can perhaps be moreefficiently allocated. Intelenet Global Services has launched Radius,a scheduling tool to help organizations use data and analytics tobetter schedule nursing staff.

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Code generator for ACA reporting

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ACA reporting tool provider Greatland says businesses are often confusedabout ACA compliance -- especially when filling out Form 1095-C.Those pesky lines 14-16 on Form 1095-C can be so frustrating, thatcompanies sometimes pay third parties to calculate the codes forthem. So Greatland is offering a free ACA Code Generator tool.Answer some questions and it will help you find the correct codesto enter.

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Worried about deadlines? Greatland also notes, “The IRS hasissued a 30-day extension for employers and issuers to provideindividuals with forms reporting on offers of health coverage andcoverage provided. The due dates for 1095-B and 1095-Cdeadlines are as follows: February 28, 2017 for paper 1095 formsfiled to the IRS, March 2, 2017 for 1095 copies to be sent torecipients and employees and March 31, 2017 to e-file 1095 forms tothe IRS.”

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Learning tool for employees

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A tool to help employees remember what they learned in traininghas been released by Bridge by Instructure. The tool, Bridge Retain, offerslearning opportunities and quizzes, along with immediate feedback.It can be added to any course, and administrators can get reportsabout whether employees are retaining their learning. Along withthe tool, the company is launching a course on memory designed anddelivered by Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings.

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