Preference For Cost Over Choice Highlights Need For Consumer Education
Despite efforts to establish quality metrics for health care and empowering health care consumers to choose elements of their own coverage, recent findings still show that people shop primarily around cost. This is according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), covered in a recent article in the New […]
The 10 Worst States for Student Loan Debt: Is Your State on the List?
A recent slideshow in Employee Benefit Advisor identified the top 10 worst states for student loan debt. As an employer, should you care whether any of the states in which you hire are on the list? Based on an article by Randy Abbott, a senior consultant for Willis Towers Watson, in Employee Benefit News (EBN) […]
Private Exchange Adoption Continues To Grow
Employers are increasingly turning to private exchanges for their full-time employees, as evidenced by the recent announcement by Starbucks about making the switch. While large employers have been slower to adopt private exchanges than small- to medium-size employers, according to Craig Jannino, group exchange leader for Willis Towers Watson, this has more to do the […]
Most countries have recognized that this is critical to the success of their economy.
Jody Heymann, founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, on need for paid maternity leave in the U.S.
Number of cases of Zika in Puerto Rico, prompting the White House to divert funds to find a vaccine
Parental Leave a Key Attraction and Retention Tool For Employers
In the wake of big tech companies such as Netflix and Facebook making headlines for expanding their parental leave offerings, other companies are looking to stay competitive in the war for talent by adding these benefits to their own benefit packages. According to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, covered in a recent article for […]
U.S. Employers Expect Health Care Costs to Increase 5% in both 2016 and 2017
According to the Willis Towers Watson 21st annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey, U.S. employers expect their health care costs to increase 5% this year and next with plan changes, and 6% without plan changes. These increases are at historical lows, but slightly higher than in 2015 and still more than twice the […]
Volunteer Recruitment Efforts Ramp Up For Precision Medicine Initiative
In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama announced an initiative to dedicate more than $200 million in federal funding to personalized or “precision” medicine. In December of that year he signed into law bipartisan legislation appropriating the funds. And in early March of this year (2016), the White House hosted a Precision […]
We wanted to defend that title, and that’s what we did.
USA Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte on defending title at 200m relay with teammate Michael Phelps
Number of athletes competing in Rio on the Refugee Olympic Team, with athletes from South Sudan, Syria, and the DRC