BenefitsPRO Magazine-May 2013

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  • World of good

    Erin Conroy

    As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes shape, its often compared to European health care and, in particular, to the system in France. Its an easy comparison to make: Both are built on a large, highly regulated private sector and rely mainly on third-party, employment-based insurers.

  • Sutin: What I’ve learned

    Denis Storey

    As head of Cox Smiths employee benefits/ERISA and tax practice groups, Josh Sutin assists clients with the challenges facing businesses today.

  • Mergers and acquisitions

    Kathryn Mayer

    Just how big an impact have mergers and acquisitions made in the employee benefits space?

  • George W. Bush and benefits

    Kathryn Mayer

    Say what you want about George W. Bush and his often-debated legacy, but the 43rd president has made a significant impact on the benefits industry.

  • What’s the price of lettuce?

    Marty Traynor

    We can probably all agree that lettuce, as a product, is a commodity. If there is a head of lettuce sitting on your kitchen counter, it could have been purchased at any store, with any providers brand name, and there is nothing to differentiate it from another head of lettuce...

  • The rise of voluntary

    Kathryn Mayer

    You might call it the rise of voluntary benefits. The game changer in benefits offerings. Call it whatever you want, but voluntary benefits have exploded in recent years.

  • Who’s panicking?

    Bonnie Brazzell and Gil Lowerre

    While crisis management has seemed to become the new business-as-usual for the world, the newest elements are blatant attempts by our leaders and the media to stampede us. They want us to panic. While panic might serve their purposes (political backlash and selling papers, respectively), its rarely good for the...

  • The Great Recession

    Denis Storey

    The Great Recession, as we call it now, began in August 2007, after the U.S. housing bubble began to burst. It went global a couple of months later before the bottom fell out completely in September 2008.

  • Retirement reform

    Denis Storey

    Health care reform gets all the press. All the love. All the hate. All the controversy.

  • Rising health care costs

    Kathryn Mayer

    Theres been a lot of debate over the countrys health care system. But theres one fact nearly everyone agrees on: Health care costs are too high.

  • Meet the 2013 Broker of the Year

    Amanda McGrory-Dixon

    As health care costs continue to climb, Aaron Davis, president of NextLogical Benefit Strategies in Westminster, Md., is dedicated to helping his clients battle these higher rates with creative solutions that focus on employee health along with his full line of ancillary products.

  • Sales tactics for critical illness insurance evolving

    Katie Kuehner-Hebert

    Sales tactics also are evolving, not only for group and worksite plans, but for individual plans for the self-employed, very small businesses and even as an adjunct for additional homeowner protection.

  • 2013 Voluntary Benefits Survey

    Bonnie Brazzell

    There has been a lot of interest in voluntary benefits and even more speculation about how health care reform will change the way brokers approach the benefits market. But whats really happened? Have any of the suggested changes been implemented? Eastbridge Consulting Group and Benefits Selling got together to find...

  • Health reform in our time

    Denis Storey

    1993U.S. Sen. John Chafee, R-Rhode Island, introduces the Health Equity and Access Reform Act, which includes a mandate, complete a non-compliance penalty. Supporters include Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Republican Kit Bond from Missouri.

  • The Employee Benefit Apocalypse

    Brian Robertson

    My 15-year-old son loves a television show called The Walking Dead. Essentially life has changed dramatically for a group of people and they must defend themselves against a zombie apocalypse. Some might equate this to normal people trying to sift through and understand mountains of government regulations. Whether its...

  • Benefits Newswire

    Kathryn Mayer

    The Obama administration in February released a proposed rule outlining the standards for navigators who will help consumers shop for health insurance in new exchanges set up by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Oh, I know I’m fine…

    Brian Hicks

    I left my term paper on the printer, my 15-year-old texted me from school. Can you bring it to me?

  • “Technology: No place for wimps”

    Denis Storey

    Sure, its from a comic strip. About corporate life. But it still worksprobably more than ever. And yet theres so much of it we take for grantedor simply forget how little of it we used at the turn of the century.

  • The uninsured

    Denis Storey

    The uninsured have weighed on this country for decadeseconomically, socially and politically.

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