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  • 00:57

    How Are Private Exchanges Impacting Employee Benefits?

    in Business

    On this week's program, Doug and Brent welcome two guests to the program as part of an hour-long discussion of private exchanges and their impact on the employee benefits landscape. 


    The first guest will be Jim O'Connor, president of employee benefits at CBIZ. In this segment, Jim and the hosts will discuss how private exchanges have developed with time and their current and potential impact on the health care market. Jim will discuss trends he sees in the employee benefits space and the role that private exchanges will have in this space -- especially among small and mid-sized businesses. Jim and the hosts will also discuss the ultimate impact of private exchanges on employers’ bottom lines.  


    For the second segment, starting at 11:30 a.m. (ET), the hosts will welcome Alan Cohen, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Liazon, to the program. This conversation will quench listeners' thirst for learning about private exchanges from their onset in 2007. As one of the earliest leaders in the private exchange market, Alan Cohen will provide an enlightening overview of the early lessons learned from running and operating a private exchange and offer insights to those who want to learn more about embarking on a private exchange implementation.

  • 00:31

    Employee Benefits 101 for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

    in Finance

    The last thing on the minds of freelancers and entrepreneurs is making certain they planned for employee benefits for themselves and/or their employees. Building and maintaining a business is always top of mind. But, entrepreneurs and freelancers can protect themselves financially -- and provide themselves with benefits such as health, disability and life insurance as well as retirement and investment products -- more easily than they may realize. 


    Carol Harnett, president of the Council for Disabiilty Awareness, will talk through benefits, retirement and investment options with Jennifer Fitgerald, CEO and Co-Founder of Policy Genius and financial planner, Mary Beth Storjohann (a paid spokesperson for the CDA), of Workable Wealth.


     

  • 00:37

    Keeping Up with the Growth of Voluntary Employee Benefits

    in Finance

    Over the last 20 years, the availability of voluntary benefits has grown from an anomaly to a strategy for the majority of employers. According Eastbridge Consulting Group, Inc., 54 percent of all employers provided at least one voluntary benefit in 2006. Six years later, that percentage has grown to 77 percent. For Eastbridge, the definition of voluntary benefits only includes life and health benefits where the employee pays 100 percent of the premiums through payroll deduction and there is no direct contribution by the employer. In the 25 years Eastbridge has followed voluntary benefits trends, life and disability insurance remain the first and second most popular products.


    But, people like Mike Zarrillo, Vice President of Voluntary Benefits and Business Development for AIG Benefit Solutions, believe an employer's voluntary benefits strategy can go beyond the Eastbridge classification. Zarrillo sees two other categories gaining in popularity in the workplace: value-added benefits such as legal services and pet, home and auto insurance; and "beyond-value-added benefits" that play on the concept of consumerism at work. He's watched some companies give employees access to home-protection products and even home appliance purchases that the employee buys via payroll deduction.


    So, if you want to learn more about voluntary benefits and how they may manifest in your workplace, join us as we talk with Mike Zarrillo about the changing landscape of employee benefits.

  • 00:49

    Employee Benefits Leaders Share Insights from HRE Conference

    in Health

    Five employee benefits leaders joined CoHealth Checkup co-hosts, Carol Harnett and Fran Melmed, at the end of the second day of the inaugural Human Resource Executive Health & Benefits Leadership Conference in Las Vegas for a no-holds-barred conversation about the conference and employee benefits in general.
    We were joined by: Andrew Gold, VP, Total Rewards, Pitney Bowes, Janet McNichol, Human Resources Director, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Vlad Gyster, CEO and Founder, H.Engage, Bonnie Pang, Vice President, Employee Benefits, Atlas Insurance Agency, and Jennifer Benz, Founder and Chief Strategist, Benz Communications. 

  • 00:07

    " The Success Of My Failures ": When employer & employee agendas marry session 3

    in Culture

    This is session 3  of when employer and employee agendas marry. The six minute podcast looks at the role of handling money. Greg also takes a glance at the importance of keeping the customer happy. He speaks on the importance of companies meeting a profitable margin and that of employees making a profitable/affordable living.


    This segment embraces the necessity for companies to invest back into their business as well as the employee, while keeping the customer happy.

  • 00:46

    Benefit Your Business

    in Business

    Join us on June 29th at 2pm EST for a discussion of successful company culture drivers that support employee happiness, engagement and retention. The conversation will feature perspectives from leaders in the small business space. We hope you can tune in and continue the conversation on Twitter using #MetLifeSmallBiz.


    David Mills is MetLife's Senior Vice President, Small Market Leader.


    Carol Roth (carolroth.com) is a national media personality, former investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is currently an on-air contributor for the national cable television station CNBC.


    SmallBizDaily (smallbizdaily.com) combines decades of experience reading and writing about entrepreneurship with its new experience as a startup to share a unique take on the world of small business.


    Susan Wilson Solovic (susansolovic.com) is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney.


    Small Business Trends (smallbiztrends.com) is an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them. It is one of the most popular independent small business publications on the web.

  • 00:49

    Consumer-Driven Health Accounts & Wearables in Wellness

    in Business

    On this week's program, hosts Doug Field, Ron Bachman and Brent Macy are live in the studio with special guests from Flex and Healthiest Employers for conversations on consumer-driven health accounts (HSAs, HRAs and FSAs) and the role of wearable devices in workplace wellness programs.


    The first guest on the show will be David Lindgren, Senior Manager, Compliance & Public Affairs, Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex). With the ACA weighing on employers’ every health care decision, it is no surprise that they are doing whatever they can to stabilize costs for themselves, while better engaging their employees into the cost-sharing process. The integration of consumer-driven health accounts has rapidly emerged at the workplace as a key strategy to combat rising health care costs. As an advocate in this marketplace, Flex pondered how many employers are offering these plans, how offer rates differ by employer size and, in light of the ACA, what the future holds for their growth or demise. In this segment, David and the hosts will discuss the key findings from a recent survey that collected responses from more than 500 employers of all sizes throughout the U.S.


    The second guest on this week's program will be Rod Reasen, Chief Executive Officer of Healthiest Employers. The wearable movement is here. In fact, according to a new survey from Healthiest Employers, 54 percent of employers are looking to purchase wearables in the next twelve months. Yet, only seven percent have a plan to use the data to improve health. In this interview, Rod and the hosts will outline what employers want in an a wearable, the reasons to purchase and how to “connect the dots” between activity and outcomes.

  • 00:48

    Flexible Spending Accounts and Employee Engagement

    in Business

    On this week's program, host Doug Field is back in the studio with special guests from Visa and Benz Communications for discussions on flexible spending accounts, employee engagement and more. 


    The first guest is be Renee Lutzen, Senior Director of Healthcare at Visa. In this interview, Renee and the hosts discuss a new survey from Visa and WageWorks that found 60 percent of employers opted to offer a health care FSA with a carryover option this year -- up from 49 percent just a year ago and more than double from 2013. These employers agree the health care FSA carryover option -- now in its third year -- is also driving employee participation. The survey provides a year-over-year look at the growth of employer selection of health care FSAs, featuring the carryover option, and what employers see as the biggest benefits and barriers to employee participation.


    For the second segment, Jennifer Benz, CEO and Founder, Benz Communications, a boutique benefits communication firm, joins the program to discuss the findings of a recent survey on employee engagement. Benz Communications recently released a joint national survey with Quantum Workplace that gathered responses from more than 2,000 U.S. employees, revealing that too often workers miss out on meaningful cost conversations with medical providers -- talks that could mean the difference in millions for employers in claims costs. In this interview, Jen walks through the survey’s top-line findings and offer strategies to achieve effective employee engagement and create employees who are truly capable and confident health care consumers.

  • 01:00

    2015 FORUM & Expo Post-Conference Episode

    in Business

    Following a successful conference in Atlanta this week, hosts Ron Bachman, Doug Field and John Young are live in the studio for the 2015 IHC FORUM & Expo re-cap show. The three hosts will welcome special guests from Renaissance Dental and ConnectYourCare to discuss the highlights of the conference as well as issues around dental insurance, private exchanges, health savings accounts and more.


    The first guest on this week's program is Thomas Dimmer, Vice President of Business Development, Individual Market and Exchanges for Renaissance Dental, a top provider of quality and affordable dental insurance products to organizations and individuals nationwide. Private exchanges are empowering the employer to give employees what they value most when it comes to voluntary benefits. As a result, employees are becoming much more benefit savvy. In this segment, Tom and the hosts discuss the new choice-driven marketplace for dental benefits.


    The second guest on this week's program is Allen Pease, Chief Business Development Officer of ConnectYourCare, one of the largest and the most responsive providers of uniquely featured HSAs, HRAs, FSAs and retiree health benefit account administration. In this segment, Allen recaps his key takeaways from this week's FORUM & Expo in Atlanta and talks about the importance of clear, ongoing education and game-changing innovations in the consumer-directed health space.

  • 01:06

    2015 FORUM & Expo Pre-Conference Episode

    in Business

    On this week's program, the hosts – Doug Field, Ron Bachman and Brent Macy – welcome guests from three key FORUM & Expo sponsors for a special pre-conference episode.


    The first guest is Rachel Sherman, Director of Customer Success at Jiff, an enterprise health benefits platform that enables employers to reduce health care spending by delivering smarter and simpler benefit programs customized for each employee. In this interview, Rachel and the hosts will discuss how technology is improving employee health and the employer’s bottom line.


    The second guest is Jody Dietel, Chief Compliance Officer for WageWorks, a leader in administering consumer-directed benefits.In this interview, Jody and the hosts will provide a year-over-year look at the adoption of the carryover option for health care FSAs and share what employers see as the biggest benefits and barriers to employee participation.


    The third and final guest is Scott Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at GoHealth, a leading provider of individual health insurance technology and enrollment solutions. In this interview, Scott will talk to us about how advancements in technology are making it easier to buy and utilize health insurance.  

  • Show #123: Employee Engagement for the Individual and Team - Which Comes First?

    in Business

    Special Guest: Jamie Lawrence, Editor, HRZone.com


    Effective engagement requires both an individual and collective focus but it seems that many companies focus on engaging the individual rather than thinking about the collective units – teams. The basic unit at work is the team, with a line manager at the helm, and there’s an argument that human beings as social creatures require high levels of engagement with their social working environment as a pre-requisite to individual engagement. Is it a chicken or egg scenario? Should companies be focusing on both from different, or similar, angles? Either way, as more research looks at group effectiveness and inclusiveness at work, there’s doubt we need to focus more on engaging the collective as well as the individual.


    Jamie Lawrence is editor of global online HR publication and community HRZone.com He regularly speaks to audiences of 250+ and has interviewed key HR industry names, including Daniel H. Pink. Jamie has worked previously as a small business journalist and a copywriter and has published non-fiction that reached #2 in the NYT Children’s Bestseller List. Jamie is committed to driving forward the HR agenda through HRZone.com and making sure that HR Directors have the knowledge and insight necessary to ensure HR has influence across the whole organisation.


    Host: Jo Moffatt