Is Healthcare Reform Another Term for Insurance Reform?

At the 2017 IBI Annual Forum, I had the privilege of sitting down with outgoing president, Tom Parry, to talk about his more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits, as the leader of the Integrated Benefits Institute.

In this 5-minute video, Tom humbly reveals what he thinks his greatest accomplishment was in his 22 years at the helm of the Integrated Benefits Institute: Helping to change the conversation about health from healthcare costs to the value of health, particularly as it relates to absence and productivity.

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How to Fast-Forward the Dental Benefits You Offer by 40 Years

dental benefit plan.pngForty years ago, employers broke new ground by including dental plans as part of the total employee benefits package. However, dental plans have failed to evolve and decades of science, technology and research reveal noticeable gaps in outdated plan designs. 

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Employee Health Matters to Employers

At the 2017 IBI Annual Forum, I had the privilege of talking with outgoing president, Tom Parry, about his more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits.

In this brief video clip, Tom shares his final thoughts for employers as he transitions from President to President Emeritus of the Integrated Benefits Institute. He reminds us that IBI was founded to break down the “zero sum game” of healthcare. In his view, both employers and employees can win through better health and better productivity.

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Integration of Employee Benefits Within HR

At the 2017 IBI Annual Forum, I had the privilege of sitting down with outgoing president, Tom Parry, to talk about his more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits, as the leader of the Integrated Benefits Institute.

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Is Your Employee Dental Benefits Plan Out of Date? Answer These Five Questions to Find Out.

dental plans.pngSurvey after survey shows that when it comes to employee benefits, dental is one of the most sought-after and valued coverages. Employees expect their dental plan to not only be an essential part of the employee benefits package, but to also be aligned with their needs and on par with today’s trends. 

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The “New Breed” of Voluntary Benefits Plans (part 2 of 2)

voluntary benefitsThis is the second blog in a two-part series on the trends that are shaping Voluntary Benefits. The first blog post focused on advantages in technology, the rise of the consumer-employee, the competition for talented employees and a focus on financial wellness. Read the full blog post.

In early 2017, the issue of health insurance dominated the headlines. Voluntary benefits, as usual, were left on the sidelines even when the employer-sponsored health care, and not the Affordable Care Act, hit the news cycle. But in the past few years, voluntary benefits have evolved significantly and it’s important that HR leaders understand what’s changed, why its changed, and how emerging trends have given rise to a new breed of employer-sponsored voluntary benefits.

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How Recent Trends Are Reshaping Voluntary Benefits (part 1 of 2)

voluntary benefits.jpgIn early 2017, the issue of health insurance dominated the headlines. Voluntary benefits, as usual, were left on the sidelines even when the employer-sponsored health care, and not the Affordable Care Act, hit the news cycle. But in the past few years, voluntary benefits have evolved significantly and it’s important that HR leaders understand what’s changed, why its changed, and how emerging trends have given rise to a new breed of employer-sponsored voluntary benefits.

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Student Loan Assistance: A Rising Need Opens New Doors for Employer Benefits

StudentLoans.jpgThese days, student loans weigh heavily on the minds of millennials. For this heavily-indebted generation, which represents about 50 percent of the total workforce, student loan assistance programs are a critical element in helping manage debt and financial wellness. For employers, this reality is giving rise to a prominent trend in 2017; that is, student loan assistance though benefits offerings. Here we’ll dive deeper into this trend and discuss key considerations for employers.

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A new way of seeing the Pacific Resources website and Employee Benefits

This week we unveiled our newly redesigned website, www.pacresbenefits.com.  The site’s content has been streamlined to make relevant employee benefits information easier to find, as well as showcase the breadth of the services Pacific Resources offers.

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Addressing Mental Health at Work: How to Get Started

On Thursday, February 23, I co-hosted a DMEC webinar on Behavioral Health in the Workplace with Mark Raderstorf from PsyBar. We spent a good part of the hour reviewing the findings of the 2016 DMEC Behavioral Health Survey and discussing best practices in building workplace cultures that support mental health.

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