You’re Not Too Small: 7 Ways to De-Risk Self-Funding

BY RYAN SPENCER   Many businesses falsely believe that self-funding their benefits plan is not an option for them because they are “too small.” The reality is that your benefits options are not that black and white. Regardless of your size, you have options to self-fund or to partially self-fund to dramatically reduce your healthcare…
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How to Reinvigorate Your Strategic Plan in 2021

BY BEN CONNER   2021 should be the year of returning to strategic planning and strategic execution. For many businesses, 2020 was rife with crisis responses. Regardless of your political leanings, the chaos of 2020 made it exceptionally difficult to plan, prepare, and execute ideas. Lockdown cycles shifted and changed with little warning both locally…
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Health Advisor

Your Health Care Program Advisor: Your Untapped Operations Resource

BY RYAN SPENCER COVID-19 threw dozens of new challenges at CFOs and HR managers this year. Every day, company leaders faced questions they had never considered before: How do we keep our workers safe? How can we remain efficient while working from home? What are my legal responsibilities during the pandemic? Answering these questions has…
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Blind Spots

Illuminate Your Blind Spots To Improve Your Health Care Program

BY BEN CONNER Great leaders hunt down their blind spots to optimize their performance. They read about the latest innovations. They study their competitors. They find inspiration from companies in separate industries. Despite their efforts, many business leaders unknowingly allow blind spots to grow around their health care program.  A great advisor will help you…
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Health Plan Hero

Become the Hero Your Company Health Plan Needs: How to Channel Your Inner Batman

BY BEN CONNER With Halloween around the corner, our kids have talked non-stop about costumes. After wandering through rows and rows of Sonic the Hedgehog, Spiderman, and clown outfits, I started thinking about our professional alter egos. With a laugh, it occurred to me that the executives and HR professionals who actively strive to streamline…
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Evaluating the Potential Impact of Health Benefits Plan Changes

Evaluating the Potential Impact of Health Benefits Plan Changes: 6 Factors to Consider

BY BEN CONNER Change is scary. When there’s an unknown that could significantly impact the health of your business and its employees, you have every right to feel nervous. But change is also necessary. In the ever-evolving business world, your company has a responsibility to read market trends and react accordingly. If your business must…
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Making Benefits Decisions

Making Benefits Changes in the Face of Uncertainty

BY BEN CONNER Health care benefits are ever-evolving. Policies change. Regulations shift. Whether it’s the Affordable Care Act or a global pandemic, making informed decisions around employee benefits can feel impossible. As we brace for an uncertain future, many business leaders feel tempted to stick with the status quo inside their benefits plan. Although their…
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Conner Chat Preview

Virtual Conner Chat Preview: Communication Strategies in a New World: Employee Engagement when Business is (Not So) Usual

BY BEN CONNER Register For Our June 23 Conner Chat In our upcoming Conner Chat, we’re highlighting a critical part of every business’s operations and culture: communication. Proper communication demands understanding, and we have seen many business leaders shy away from health care program improvements because they struggled to develop clear messaging around the potential…
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Health Plan RFP

The Ultimate Health Benefits RFP: The Most Important Questions to Ask [With A Downloadable Template]

BY BEN CONNER In your search for a health benefits broker/consultant who can deliver high-quality results without the excessive annual rate increases, the first step is truly getting to know the advisor and determining whether the partnership is beneficial to both parties. A well-written Request for Proposal (RFP) is an important step in separating traditional…
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NextGen Healthcare Summit

The NextGen Healthcare Summit: The Journey of Healthcare

BY BEN CONNER The health care system has grown more and more complicated over the last two decades. Premiums have tripled since 1999 and 67% of bankruptcies are now tied to medical issues. To address some of these issues, we recently focused on the journey to better health care in our second annual NextGen Healthcare…
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