BenefitsPRO Magazine-February 2018

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  • Self-funding: a vehicle, not the destination

    Andy Neary

    To self-fund or not to self-fund, that is the question. As the fully insured market continues to get slammed by unreasonably large rate increases, more employers are looking to self-funding as an opportunity to escape the chokehold of ever-increasing premiums

  • Illusion, introspection and insecurity

    Kevin Trokey

    For the first time in I don't know how long, benefit brokers and advisors are utilizing some truly exciting ideas and strategies on behalf of their clients

  • Are you tracking participation rates?

    Gil Lowerre and Bonnie Brazzell

    Eastbridge's 2017 Voluntary Participation Rates Spotlight report found that just over half of participating carriers have seen participation rates increase over the past two to three years, and the majority expect this trend to continue.

  • How I learned to love fees

    Christopher Carosa

    There's a portion at the end of every mutual fund's annual report that, if you read it closely, just might change your view on fees, or, more appropriately, mutual fund operating costs (commonly called the expense ratio)

  • 5 workplace well-being trends to watch

    Ann Wyatt

    From technology advances (especially those in the wearable-tech space) to increased corporate interest and more media coverage, workplace well-being programs are on everyone's minds these days.

  • It takes some special people

    Paul Wilson

    Matt Moraski is president of Gravity Benefits. Solely focused on the employee benefits industry, Gravity is constantly making improvements to process, delivery and systems to provide world-class advice and support to its national clientele.

  • Enough already!

    BenefitsPro Editors

    What word or phrase would you like to see eliminated from the industry, and why?

  • Extreme Makeover: health care edition

    Katie Kuehner-Hebert

    The pending merger between CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc.their grand experimentstands to disrupt current health care models in more ways than one, experts say.

  • Finding the right fit

    Scott Wooldridge

    Prescription drug spending continues to be one of the most pressing concerns for employers when it comes to health care costs.

  • Strikethrough

    Paul Wilson

    Considering the ongoing dirge for the printed word and the fact that many news sites now seem to feature more videos than stories, it's easy for an ink-stained wretch and devoted bibliophile like myself to become discouraged.

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