Any HR professional currently in the throes of planning for open enrollment season would agree that this is an incredibly stressful time of year. Not only are they tasked with their usual responsibilities—retirement, recruitment, new hire onboarding, and payroll—but they’re also charged with the additional duty of ensuring that employees have all the information and […]
Employers need to plan for more change affecting their compensation and benefit programs as competition for talent intensifies across global borders and the U.S. Congress continues to take steps toward healthcare reform.
Many employers offer employee wellness programs with the intent of improving overall employee health levels. Improving employee health has the long-term benefit reducing unplanned absences and can even boost productivity. It can reduce healthcare costs for the employee, which then may, in turn, reduce healthcare benefit costs for everyone. It can have the added benefit […]
If there is one word that describes the current debate in Congress over the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), it is uncertainty. Almost everything about the proposed bill is currently unclear, including whether it will pass, what it will look like if it does, and how it will affect people if it does get […]
Two plan sponsor groups are calling for the Trump administration to undertake a series of market-based initiatives to lower healthcare costs.
Even after the first attempt at a proposed rewrite of the nation’s healthcare law was pulled from a congressional vote back in March, the potential of the president’s American Health Care Act, aka “Trumpcare,” still weighs on the minds of employers and employees alike.
On April 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final market stabilization rule designed to improve the healthcare marketplace and promote stability.
Through all the tumult caused by the Great Recession, healthcare companies remained a steady source of job growth, but recent demographic and policy shifts are driving the need for healthcare hiring to new heights. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has forecast that employment in healthcare is expected to grow faster than most other occupations between 2014 and 2024. The question is not just where is this growth coming from, but also how will healthcare employers respond?
Employers need to be aware of the potential pay-offs for offering benefits and services that make caregiving an easier burden for employees to bear, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH). The report, “The Caregiving Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities for Employers,” says that maximizing productivity, reducing future employee healthcare costs, and […]
Workers are getting older, sleepier, and increasingly worried about their finances while they rely on mindfulness and emerging technology to help them achieve their desired health. This is the state of wellness according to the 2017 Humana Wellness Trends Report.