BenefitsPRO Magazine-September 2014

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  • Dobervich: What I've learned

    Joyce Dobervich

    When Joyce Dobervich isn't singing jazz in her spare time she used to sing at a jazz club in Minneapolis she's focusing on benefits.

  • Lack of experience

    Bonnie Brazzell and Gil Lowerre

    Not unexpectedly, most Major League Baseball rookies have a lower batting average than veteran players, especially early in the season.

  • The customer's always right

    Denis Storey

    It looks like Walgreens has bowed to customer pressure and decided not to relocate its corporate headquarters from Illinois to Switzerland after all.

  • New Life

    Katie Kuehner-Hebert

    Life insurance products continue to be popular, particularly as carriers introduce new types of riders and other product features to attract more customers.

  • Are probationary periods a thing of the past?

    Alan Goforth

    Employers may find the use of probationary periods useful in overall staffing decisions, says Marta Moakley, legal editor for XPertHR USA in New Providence, New Jersey.

  • Up in Smoke

    Amber Taufen

    When states first began legalizing medical marijuana in the mid- to late 1990s, not many people would have guessed that in fewer than 20 years, the substance would be decriminalized in 16 states, fully legal for adult use in two and approved for medical use in 22.

  • How strong is Colorado's Health Connection?

    Amber Taufen

    Despite the public-relation challenges that have plagued the Colorado exchange, Connect for Health Colorado spokesman Ben Davis remains optimistic about the state of the exchange and what it's done for health care in Colorado.

  • Negative PPACA opinion hits all-time high

    Kathryn Mayer

    Negative public opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has abruptly hit an all-time high, ending months of continued support and gradual increases in positive opinion of the law.

  • Top rebates returned by carriers under MLR rule

    compiled by Denis Storey and designed by Joe Schlue

    According to PPACA regulations, a health insurer must pay a certain portion of the premiums received toward claims and quality improvement.

  • HSA enrollment posts double-digit growth

    Kathryn Mayer

    Health plans that include health savings accounts continue to rise in popularityexperiencing double-digit growth over last year, America's Health Insurance Plans said.

  • Disability accommodation tricky

    Eric B. Meyer

    A recent federal court decision said that merely communicating the existence of a disability is not enough to trigger an employer's duty to accommodate.

  • Where are we headed?

    Marty Traynor

    Changes are happening fast in our industry. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is affecting everything, and the way benefits are purchased is changing, too.

  • Let's make a(n annuity) deal!

    Chris Carosa

    Psst! Hey, buddy. Wanna know a sure-fire way to sell an annuity? It's been scientifically proven to work.

  • Financial health a missing wellness piece

    Mark Roberts

    Most everyone knows what wellness programs are designed to do for the bodyhelp you get and stay more physically fit and be more proactive for your personal health.

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