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Microsoft unveils mobile health platform, app and smart band

Targeting the exploding health and wellness market, Microsoft in one fell swoop has launched a new cloud-based platform, mobile app, and wearable fitness tracking wrist band. [...]

Boeing, The Hartford offer lump sums to reduce pension liabilities

As more and more employers analyze their ever-growing pension obligations, Boeing and Hartford Financial Services Group are the latest companies to use the lump-sum payment tactic to limit their liabilities. [...]

Advisers brace for ACA-induced Dec.1 renewal ripple effect

An onslaught of Dec. 1 renewal dates means premium rates remain steady for now, but advisers need to prepare for heavy 4th quarter workloads. [...]

Easing the burden of providing retiree health coverage

As active employees move into a retiree population, health care decision-making also changes. Some companies provide a subsidy to the retiree population for purchasing health care on their own, but the tracking of that subsidy and the associated premiums create stress on an already overworked HR department. [...]

Private exchanges: 'Not a fad or flash in pan'

In a new series, EBA goes one-on-one with the heads of private exchanges. What makes one exchange different from the rest, and how do brokers fit in the mix? First up: Don Garlitz, bswift's executive director of exchange solutions. [...]

XL Group Names New COO for its Insurance Business

Former NACP chief actuary, Donna Nadeau, brings in-depth expertise in data analytics to the COO position. [...]

Newest EEOC wellness program lawsuit draws further industry ire

For the third time in recent months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched legal action against a private employer, claiming discrimination on the part of the company’s wellness program. [...]

Advisers see greater employer interest in financial wellness

Benefit brokers say employers are more and more looking toward financial wellness programs to assist employees saddled with increased health care costs. [...]

401(k) participation up, retirement health care savings still fall short

The number of employees participating in employer-based retirement plans increased in 2013 for the first time in several years, pointing to a national economy slowly mending itself and an increasing employment rate in the aftermath of the recession, the Employee Benefit Research Institute says. [...]

IRS warned about protecting taxpayer information on health exchanges

The Internal Revenue Service needs to go to greater lengths to safeguard taxpayer information on health insurance exchanges, according to a new government report. [...]

Optum to acquire Alere Health in $600 million deal

In a $600 million cash transaction, Optum, the IT and business services unit of UnitedHealth Group, is buying health management vendor Alere Health, which provides services to more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 employers and 29 states, covering about 22 million people in the U.S. [...]

Easy steps to communicate complex retirement subject matter

Knowing the client, using the best medium and avoiding industry jargon are a few ways to discuss retirement plans with clients. [...]

Brovada Releases Connectivity Platform in U.S.

Canadian technology vendor enables uploads and downloads on a single platform. [...]

Prudential Financial Takes Risk on $2.2 Billion L&G Portfolio

U.S.' second largest life insurer 'well equipped' to take on longevity risk [...]

Inadequate Digital Engagement Continues to Disappoint Millennials

Auto insurers have managed to eke out modest gains in customer satisfaction, but are still failing to leverage technology in ways that meet the high expectations of Millennial drivers. [...]

Google Teams with PwC to Sell Business Software Via Cloud

Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. is teaming up with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, seeking to sell more business software via the Web as competition heats up with Microsoft Corp. and other sellers of cloud-computing tools. PwC, a provider of corporate consulting services, will help companies adopt and manage Google’s lineup of Internet-based software, including Gmail, documents and mobile services, the companies said today. The agreement includes plans to develop applications and other tools for specific industries.Google, which is diversifying… [...]

Despite information gaps, early SHOP access launches in 5 states

After multiple delays, early access to the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program launched Monday in five states. [...]

DOL provides safety guidance for plan sponsors seeking annuity-funded retirement plans

Alongside the IRS’ announcement last week to increase contribution caps to 401(k) plans, the Department of Labor issued guidance that will ease plan sponsors’ abilities to offer annuities as part of their retirement plans. [...]

How to overcome common retirement census mistakes

Third-party administrators need to use a variety of methods to ensure employers supply the correct data. [...]

Benefit agencies plan tech spending spree

EBA’s first-ever technology survey reveals where benefit agencies plan to invest their IT dollars. [...]

Sam’s Club Launches Health Insurance Exchange for Members

Aetna Marketplace for Sam’s Club provides small businesses with cost control and budget predictability [...]

Aflac Promotes Yamauchi to Japan President as Tonoike Retires

Struggling with a sales slump, Aflac seeks new leadership in Japan, its most profitable market [...]

Insurers around the World Need to Transform Legacy Systems to Stay Successful

Legacy systems are constraining insurers across the globe, but transformation—which varies in the different regions—is underway, according to a new report. [...]

Estimating the Effect of California’s Fee Schedule Changes: Lessons from WCRI Studies

When California Senate Bill (SB) 863 took effect January 1, 2013, it ushered in several important fee schedule changes in the California workers’ compensation system. [...]

Think Discrimination Claims Will Never Be Filed Against Your Business?

FrankCrum PEO Says It's Best to Be Prepared for All Contingencies [...]

Luxury Vehicle Theft in the United States

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released its latest report on luxury vehicle thefts. [...]

Senator Boxer Joins Victims of Medical Negligence To Support Prop 46: New Spanish Yes on 46 TV Ad Released, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

First Spanish Yes On 46 TV Ad Released [...]

WIL Award Winners Offer Tips On Career Development, Mentoring and Work-Life Balance

Three Women in Insurance Leadership award winners cite personal experiences and lessons learned. [...]

Most Independent Agencies Expecting Continued Growth

Overall, insurance agencies are optimistic about their future, except for the smallest agencies, which are at greater risk. [...]

Women in Insurance Leadership Forum Honors 10 Outstanding Executives

More the 300 industry professionals attend the 9th annual meeting of the Women in Insurance Leadership Forum to honor 10 outstanding executives. [...]


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