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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. [...]

Uninsured remain unclear about ACA enrollment dates

Although open enrollment for 2015 Obamacare plans opens in just over three weeks, the uninsured remain unclear about the dates and possible financial assistance available. [...]

What constitutes misuse of an adviser or other expert by a fiduciary?

Employer clients acting as the fiduciary of a benefit plan may often seek the advice of their trusted adviser. ERISA recognizes that need but also disallows the misuse of an expert. So what qualifies as misuse? [...]

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 [...]

Weight management programs suffer from lack of innovation

With more than one-third of U.S. adults being obese, employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role in the effort to get Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles. [...]

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. [...]

Increasing enrollment participation hinges on education

Well-informed employees make smarter choices and providing the tools needed during open enrollment is essential. [...]

EAPs take on expanded role with ACA

With mental health and substance abuse disorder services deemed an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, employee assistance program providers are taking on a new role – helping employers and health plans sniff out fraudulent health care activity among substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities. [...]

Utilization of specialty drugs higher on exchanges

While pharmacy benefits utilization was roughly the same during the first half of 2014 for individuals enrolled in public health insurance exchanges and traditional insurance market plans, a new analysis shows the utilization of specialty drugs is much higher in the HIX marketplace. [...]

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. [...]

For P&C Insurers, Customer Satisfaction Does Not Equate to Customer Loyalty

Over 40 percent of otherwise satisfied auto and home policyholders likely to switch insurers soon, Accenture finds. [...]

Use of Wearable Devices in Healthcare Seen Rising Rapidly

Insurers, healthcare providers and consumers stand to benefit from widespread adoption of wearable devices. [...]

Motorists Insurance Utilizes Effisoft Software for Reinsurance Repository

Effisoft’s WebXL reporting tools provide stronger controls and dramatic productivity gains. [...]

Adviser help needed to quell employer Cadillac tax fears

Although the ACA’s excise tax doesn’t go into effect until 2018, employers are already fearful — benefit advisers should be offering ideas and solutions to calm their fears. [...]

The risks of maintaining grandfathered health plan status

For employers fighting to maintain grandfathered status, consultants and benefit managers predict the Affordable Care Act’s ongoing implementation will mean the end of these health plan structures in the near future. [...]

Paper is problematic during open enrollment

A large majority of workers prefer signing up for benefits online, a PlanSource survey finds. [...]

Hannover Re Expects Stable German Reinsurance Prices, Conditions

Hannover Re, the world’s third-largest reinsurer, expects more than 5 billion euros in losses from two storms to sustain prices for coverage in Germany. [...]

Starr Companies Launches Cyber Insurance-Security & Privacy Risk Response Offered on a Primary Basis

Starr Companies has announced the launch of its cyber insurance offering. [...]

Celebrate National Save for Retirement Week with First Investors

Americans have been told over and over again that they’re unprepared for Retirement. National Save for Retirement Week presents a great opportunity to reflect on your personal retirement goals and determine if you are on target to achieving them. [...]

The Retirement Readiness Challenge: Five Ways Employers Can Improve Their 401(k)s

New Research from Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies Highlights Opportunities [...]

Voluntary benefit spending surges

Employee purchases have increased $18 billion in the past decade, Unum study finds [...]

CCIIO promises fix to broker tracking, commission issues on federal HIX

A fix is in the works to ensure agents and brokers can identify themselves and therefore receive commissions for their work on the federally-facilitated marketplace, an agency official at The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight said Tuesday. [...]


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