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February 5, 2013
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  • Blogging for business 101
    If you're thinking about blogging for your business, Linda Dessau advises first weighing the benefits and looking around at other blogs in your industry. Once you are ready to commit, make blogging a priority, investing the time and even money to do it right. Dessau recommends starting with a mission statement and developing an editorial calendar to ensure a balanced mix of content. Finally, follow up by sticking to your plan, promoting posts and measuring the results. B2C Marketing Insider (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why you should educate your customers
    Customers can do a better job of spreading the word about your business when they are both satisfied with your work and knowledgeable about what you do, writes Tony Messer. An educated customer "will be a more powerful advocate of your services," he notes. Duct Tape Marketing (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Navigator provision poses challenges and questions
    States are preparing to hire navigators for health insurance exchanges as required by the Affordable Care Act, but the logistical and cost challenges are significant, and insurance brokers warn that navigators may not have the knowledge or expertise to give adequate guidance. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brokers can clear up consumer confusion about ACA, experts say
    As open enrollment for health insurance exchanges nears, employees will have many questions, opening opportunities for brokers to step in with expertise and guidance, experts say. A Lake Research and Enroll America survey found that 78% of uninsured people do not understand subsidy and coverage options under the Affordable Care Act, and they will rely on public and industry education to figure out where they fit in. In addition, confusion is widespread among small business owners, observers say. Employee Benefit News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FINRA wants easier background check on advisers and brokerages
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed a rule to make it easier for investors to investigate the background of financial advisers and brokerages. The rule would require websites of companies regulated by FINRA to link to the agency's online database BrokerCheck. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Avoid the trap of averages in retirement budgeting
    Relying on age-based spending averages in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey can lead future retirees astray, Steve Vernon writes. An individual's retirement budget should factor in debt, health, travel plans and other specifics. In addition, while the survey shows that people generally spend less money as they age, this could be because they have less to spend later in retirement, when health care costs typically rise. "I wouldn't count too much on reduced spending in your later years to justify spending more today," he writes. CBS MoneyWatch (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Improve your ACA knowledge with new online courses
    For a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), register for AHIP’s new ACA Compliance Online Series. Available course topics include Medicare, Exchanges, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, and Accountable Care Organizations, with more programs planned in the near future. Earn one credit per course toward the Healthcare Compliance Professional designation. Learn moreLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions (IHSS), an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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