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Editorial

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Jonathan Edelheit

I’ll be honest with you; I am scared for our industry. It is hardly a secret that the employee benefits industry is disorganized. Sadly, things

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Feature

State Health Insurance Exchanges:  Employers Need To Be Engaged

State Health Insurance Exchanges: Employers Need To Be Engaged

Anne Wilde

Healthcare remains at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, as do the new state health insurance exchanges.

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Critical Illness Plans: Addressing Your Client’s “Needs”

Critical Illness Plans: Addressing Your Client’s “Needs”

Ed Mueller and Laura Spencer

As agents, we always want the best for our clients. This would include competitive pricing, outstanding benefits and the ability to purchase these

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Dental Insurance: A Constant In The Evolving Benefits Landscape

Dental Insurance: A Constant In The Evolving Benefits Landscape

Robert P. Mulligan

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in March of 2010, was developed to reform the nation’s

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Tax Season Has Arrived!

Tax Season Has Arrived!

Courtney Cordero

It is Tax Season again! By now everyone should have received their documents for taxes. Employers are required to mail out all W-2’s and other tax

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Corporate Wellness

The Corporate Wellness Leadership Corner

The Corporate Wellness Leadership Corner

Corporate Wellness Magazine

In this (March) issue, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a couple of the stellar wellness initiatives stemming from some of our 2011

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Corporate Wellness: Utilizing Smart-phones for Chronic Disease Management

Corporate Wellness: Utilizing Smart-phones for Chronic Disease Management

Pamela Swingley

In a perfect world, none of us would have to take any medications. Our meals would consist mostly of fruits, vegetables

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Leveling Up Your Corporate Wellness Program: Utilizing Gamification to Make Wellness Fun and Engaging

Leveling Up Your Corporate Wellness Program: Utilizing Gamification to Make Wellness Fun and Engaging

Tom Abshire

More and more organizations are using game mechanics to engage employees and drive behavior change in areas across the organization.

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Mindfulness Training: A Case Study in Managed Care

Mindfulness Training: A Case Study in Managed Care

Kevin Renner & R. Q. Wolever

Health costs continue to steadily rise. Some of the reasons driving that increase:

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Music Wellness Programs: Merging Self-Responsible Strategies

Music Wellness Programs: Merging Self-Responsible Strategies

Judith Pinkerton, MT-BC/L

Noted cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton reports that over 95 percent of all disease-related ailments in this country are created by stress.

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Medication Adherence: Onsite Health Center Analysis

Medication Adherence: Onsite Health Center Analysis

Kathleen M. Gorman, MPH, Kimberly A. Boaz, PharmD, Rolin Wade, RPh, MS, Ross M. Miller, MD, MPH

Since the earliest days of medicine, the extent to which patients abide by their providers’ medication orders has been an important component of

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Five Trends Shaping Health and Wellness at the Workplace

Five Trends Shaping Health and Wellness at the Workplace

Jennifer Patel

Corporate wellness programs are a recent mega-trend impacting businesses of all sizes. Businesses are integrating wellness strategies to create an

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Wellness Programs: Building A Healthier Bottom Line

Wellness Programs: Building A Healthier Bottom Line

Johnette van Eeden

Most business owners, like most Americans, look to the start of the New Year as a great time to make resolutions for changes in both their lives and

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Five Tips: Using Technology for Increased Employee Engagement in Health and Fitness Programs

Five Tips: Using Technology for Increased Employee Engagement in Health and Fitness Programs

Dave Monahan

The biggest contributor to rising US healthcare costs, according to the CDC, is life style choice.

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Diagnosing Workplace Health: Is it Time Your Company Had a Check-up?

Diagnosing Workplace Health: Is it Time Your Company Had a Check-up?

Glenn Riseley

Whether your corporate wellness program has been rolling on for a while or is recently introduced,

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Take Your Company From Average Wellness to Revolutionary Wellness in Only 3 Months!

Take Your Company From Average Wellness to Revolutionary Wellness in Only 3 Months!

Greg Justice, MA

CEO has not supported, endorsed or participated in creating a sustainable wellness culture.

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Self Funding

The Truth Behind Self-Insurance Expenses

The Truth Behind Self-Insurance Expenses

Eric Egeland

When it comes to individual and group self-insurance of all types, the main lure is saving money.

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Changing the Rules:  Impacting the Cost of Care Prior to the Delivery of Services

Changing the Rules: Impacting the Cost of Care Prior to the Delivery of Services

Corte B. Iarossi

It’s time again to change the dynamics in healthcare. We certainly can’t wait for ObamaCare, or Congress for that matter, to reduce the cost of

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Financial Education Programs Benefit both Employers and Employees

Financial Education Programs Benefit both Employers and Employees

Judith Cohart

In Met Life’s 9th Annual Study of Employee Benefit Trends, there are these statistics: 53 percent of employees are concerned about having enough

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Change Your Diet, Change Your Life

Change Your Diet, Change Your Life

Jennifer Kingsley Wilson

Imagine having your blood drawn and tested to determine if what you eat is causing you to be overweight (even if you do not overeat).

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Using Humor to Help Bolster Your Life

Using Humor to Help Bolster Your Life

Jacquelyn Ferguson

The great comedian Bill Cosby once said, “If you can find humor in something you can survive it.” But can it really help us cope with today’s

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Boost Your Bottom Line with a Well Rounded Wellness Program

Boost Your Bottom Line with a Well Rounded Wellness Program

Sherry Leonard

I had to see it for myself before I could believe it was true. If you would have told me a year ago that our Wellness Program could reduce attrition

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Voluntary Benefits

2011 Leadership Awards Recipient Profile.

2011 Leadership Awards Recipient Profile.

Juel Grange Associate Editor

The Voluntary Benefits Association (VBA), in conjunction with the Voluntary Benefits Magazine (VBM), recognizes a select group of individuals each

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Bundling: Balancing Budgets and Benefits

Bundling: Balancing Budgets and Benefits

Todd Whitehill

Finding the best benefit plans for employers can be challenging. Although medical insurance is the primary focus for benefit packages, employees also value other ancillary options, such as dental insurance.

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The Importance of Communication During Voluntary Benefit Enrollment

The Importance of Communication During Voluntary Benefit Enrollment

Brandon Scarborough

Being in the insurance industry - and more specifically the voluntary benefits industry - we often forget how confusing and difficult decisions

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Medical Evacuations: What You Need to Know to Save Your Employees’ Lives

Medical Evacuations: What You Need to Know to Save Your Employees’ Lives

William W. Spangler MD FACEP

Medical evacuations overseas for those who have become ill or injured are often misunderstood.

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The Low Down on Coaching: What it is and What it Means to YOUR Bottom Line

The Low Down on Coaching: What it is and What it Means to YOUR Bottom Line

Stephanie McDilda & CJ Scarlet

It seems these days that you can’t go to a networking event without bumping into a dozen people who identify themselves as a “coach.”

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Smart Rewards: Total Compensation Management Offers Employers A Cost-Effective Way To Utilize Incentives

Smart Rewards: Total Compensation Management Offers Employers A Cost-Effective Way To Utilize Incentives

David Weldon

With the growing need to maximize productivity from minimal staff, numerous organizations are revisiting their compensation programs to ensure that

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