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1. How to limit e-mails and be more productive

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Many professionals spend more than a quarter of their time answering e-mails, but it doesn't have to be this way, writes Phil Simon. Rather than engaging in e-mail conversations, try implementing a practice in which any issue that can't be handled in three e-mails moves to a phone call or in-person meeting. Business Insider (05/21)


2. Fewer consumers have trouble with medical expenses under ACA

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

More families have been able to handle their medical bills since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, a report from the Urban Institute found. In September 2013, 22% of adults had trouble covering medical bills, a figure that dropped to 17% in March 2015. The Hill (05/22)


3. Get people to answer your requests by using a sticky note

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

To convince someone to follow through on a task, try attaching a sticky note with a personal message to your request, Kevin Hogan writes. Researchers found that even a blank sticky note attached to a survey increased response rates, while one with a handwritten message more than doubled response rates. "The real magic, it seems, is not the sticky note itself, but the sense of connection, meaning, and identity that the sticky note represents," Hogan writes. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (05/26)


4. Annuities can be used as do-it-yourself pensions

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Because they pay a secure income for the life of the owner, annuities can be used to fill the void left by the disappearance of the traditional pensions once provided by many large corporations. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (05/26)


5. Survey: Retirement savings nonexistent for many in U.S.

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Thirty-one percent of U.S. workers have no retirement savings or pension, and 38% either plan to work as long as possible or have no intention of retiring at all, a Federal Reserve survey says. Reuters (05/27)


6. Feds clarify interpretation of cost-sharing caps under ACA

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Maximum annual cost-sharing limits for health insurance plans apply to each person enrolled in self-only or other coverage, and the limits apply to self-funded and large-group plans, according to a recent FAQ issued by HHS and the Department of Treasury. Employee Benefit News (05/28)


7. A guide to generating more leads on your website

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

The first step to improving your website's lead-generation potential is to assess its performance, writes Katherine Boyarsky. Afterward, fine-tune each part of your customers' conversion path, and run tests to make sure you are getting the results you want. HubSpot.com (05/25)


8. A private exchange case study: Lower costs, high satisfaction

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Hilton Worldwide has seen success with its change from self-insured coverage to a multicarrier, fully insured approach through a private exchange, including lower costs and high employee satisfaction. Workforce education and developing easy-to-use tools for enrollment are key to a successful transition, said Hilton executive Ted Nelson. SHRM Online (05/21)


9. Companies favoring bonuses over wage increases, Aon says

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Companies are dedicating a smaller percentage of payroll budgets to raises than they were before the recession, while allotting more money to short-term rewards, Aon Hewitt says. "It's really hard to cut wages and salaries, so the more compensation you can give in other forms, the more nimble you can be," Cornell University's Linda Barrington said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/25)


10. Benefits brokers key to voluntary market

AHIP Agents and Brokers SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Benefits brokers generated more than $3.9 billion in new sales of voluntary benefits last year, and they accounted for 57% of market share, according to a worksite survey by Eastbridge Consulting Group. Benefits brokers increased their sales of voluntary products by 4.8% over 2013. Classic brokers increased sales by 8.9% over 2013, and worksite specialists increased sales of voluntary benefits by 20.6%, the survey revealed. BenefitsPro.com (05/27)




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