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How to Save Up to 15% on Employee Healthcare Costs

Running a small businesses can be tough. Between staffing, compliance, policy creation, managing payroll, financial reports, and the 2,000 other things you have on your plate, sometimes the time you have “left over” (if there’s even such a thing) is marginal, at best. Consider the ins and outs of your responsibilities as an employer which include ever-changing regulations as they pertain to employee benefits, and well, you have yourself a recipe for stressed-out-losing-sleep-can’t-concentrate-on the-big-picture disaster. Welcome to running your own business!

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Is Value-Based Care Right for Your Company?

The United States spends over 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) a year on health care. The rate of growth in healthcare costs has become unsustainable and employers are now searching for innovative ways to reduce costs while providing competitive benefit programs for their employees.

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Reference-Based Health Pricing

As a business leader who must manage the rising costs of health insurance, what would you say to someone who could offer you a program that provides price transparency while adopting a fair market value approach to costs? Sounds interesting, right? What if that program required a significant up front effort by you, your business leaders, and your employees? Still interested? Reference-based health pricing (RBP) is a healthcare concept that is not particularly new to the industry, but relatively new as a technique that employers can use to help control benefits spending.

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Is Self-Insuring your Health Plan Right for your Business?

Many businesses that offer health insurance plans to their employees may think that purchasing a traditional, fully-insured plan from an insurance carrier is their only option. But depending on your situation, a self-insured plan can reduce your health care costs and provide the flexibility to tailor your plan to the needs of your employee population.

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Rethinking Benefits

When most employers think of employee benefits, they think of core medical benefits coupled with one or more other ancillary or specialty products such as dental, vision, life, disability, or accident plans. Those are certainly “top of mind” when you jot down a list of benefits employers typically offer. Today, more and more employers are being asked to enhance their program offerings by adding new forms of benefits to the overall benefit platform.

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The Evolving Health Insurance Marketplace

2017 was an interesting year for the health insurance marketplace to say the least. Insurers dealing with the continuing financial impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) found themselves positioned as either the hunter or the hunted in the new game of health care mergers and acquisitions. Indeed, some industry heavyweights formed new alliances aimed at strengthening their bottom line while diversifying outside the traditional health care delivery system. Others found more effective and efficient ways to operate via their merger activities.

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Your 4-Step Guide to Open Enrollment

It's that time of the year again, open enrollment. Make sure your employees understand the ins-and-outs of the open enrollment process. Check out our latest blog that can help guide you through the maze of open enrollment and ensuring your employees take advantage of all the benefits you offer.

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Making the Right Choices to Reduce Health Plan Costs

Health care costs continue to rise with new data indicating that spending on health care is growing at its fastest rate since 2007. In an attempt to mitigate this trend, many employers have been turning to consumer driven health plans (CDHPs). Consumer driven health care, or consumerism, revolves around the idea that consumers should be able to make informed choices about their medical care based on price and quality information. The goal is for knowledgeable consumers to compare prices—choosing more wisely with the end result of lowering overall health care costs for everyone.

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Pros and Cons of an HDHP for Your Employees

Often when people hear the words "high deductible," they're wary of having to make a huge payment up front, before insurance kicks in and helps pay expenses. Though high deductible health insurance plans are becoming the norm, employees often express concerns about using these plans themselves. If you're considering moving to a high deductible plan or have recently implemented one, here is some information that will help you acknowledge your employees' concerns about costs while pointing out the potential positives a high deductible health plan (HDHP) can deliver.

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Employee Wellness Tactics that Transform the Workplace

It’s fair to say that at most companies, employees are one of the greatest assets. They are typically the ones out in the field or in front of the customer doing the hands-on work that makes it possible for your company to run business as usual. So, doesn’t it make sense to ensure that your employees are healthy, happy, and productive?

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