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January 11, 2013
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  • Why smart bosses start book clubs
    One way to foster engagement is to ask your entire team to read a particular business or management tome, writes Baron Christopher Hanson. Turning your company into a reading group gives you a chance to understand employees better and allows them to share their passions and ideas more freely. "Everyone in the company is guaranteed to have something in common to talk about going forward," Hanson writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • For young adults, are 2 insurance plans better than one?
    Young adults who now have the option of staying on their parents' health insurance plans until they are 26 may face problems if they are covered by more than one policy. There are no rules addressing the issue, but an advocacy group for young adults is working with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to address the issue. Double coverage may mean difficulty establishing which plan is the primary one and getting in-network care, but it can also mean a better coverage for beneficiaries if the secondary plan fills in any gaps in the primary plan. National Public Radio/Shots blog/Kaiser Health News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts: Annuities are a good fit for risk-averse seniors, boomers
    Senior citizens and baby boomers are embracing annuities as a safer solution after growing weary of stock-market volatility, experts say. Annuities are especially appropriate for clients concerned about outliving their retirement savings, they add. "This is why annuities fit. They are guaranteed to keep up with inflation and provide an income stream for life," said Mark Pruitt of Strategic Estate Planning Services. National Underwriter Life & Health (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • States work overtime to ensure exchanges will have buyers
    States establishing their own health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act are turning their attention to the challenge of spreading the word, particularly to young people -- whose participation is needed for the concept to work -- and those who opposed the law. Washington state data illustrate the challenge: Officials there want to enroll 410,000 people in the exchange's first two years, but just 1 in 6 residents has heard of the marketplace. Education about insurance is key to reaching the uninsured, while innovation is needed for connecting with young adults. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Wellness plans can cut health costs by 18% per worker
    Employee wellness programs could lower health costs by an average 18.4% per worker and up to 28% for older employees and retirees, according to a study from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The study said savings will increase as more employees participate in wellness programs and health risks are reversed. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many workers are not as healthy as they think
    A study of 2,800 employees and their dependents found that although almost 90% see themselves as healthy overall, more than half are overweight or obese. Employees need to have a more accurate view of their health to take any necessary action, said Joann Hall Swenson, health engagement leader at Aon Hewitt, one of the companies involved in the study. BusinessNewsDaily.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Understanding the Summary of Benefits and Coverage
    The Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) is a new tool designed to help consumers compare health insurance policies. Working in health insurance, you will want to become familiar with the SBC. Learn more with AHIP’s new interactive online course, “Understanding the Summary of Benefits and Coverage.” LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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