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Managing Costs: The Current Insurance Report, Issue 2023-1

Corporate Synergies

The Current Insurance Report featuring top industry thought leadership is now available. | Corporate Synergies

Employers have plenty of tools to manage employee benefits costs. The Current Insurance Report can help identify which is right for your organization. As we close the first quarter of 2023, we’re hearing from employers of all sizes and across … Read More

Employer Priorities for 2023: Mental Health and Cost-Containment

Rachel Trembley

Check off these important employer priorities from your organization’s 2023 to-do list | Corporate Synergies

Across industries and organization sizes, we’re observing the same top two employer priorities for 2023. Here’s how to tackle these challenges. Today’s employers are facing dual challenges in astronomical insurance price increases and America’s unwavering mental health crisis. Due to … Read More

3 Employee Benefits Compliance Priorities for 2023

Dan Kuperstein

Forming a health and welfare fiduciary committee should top employee benefits compliance priorities | Corporate Synergies

Abortion rules, fiduciary committees and mental health parity enforcement top 2023’s employee benefits compliance priorities. Compared to the flurry of regulatory changes in 2020 and 2021, 2022 seemed quieter for employee benefits compliance. However, many new rules are now taking … Read More

Open Enrollment Planning for Next Year’s Success Starts Now

Travis Turner and Stephanie Eisele

Next year’s open enrollment planning should build off this year’s outcomes and challenges | Corporate Synergies

Improve processes and evaluate performance year over year by starting next year’s open enrollment planning now. For many organizations, open enrollment is almost over. And while your HR team may be looking forward to a break from an intensive planning … Read More

Independent Private School Funding Solutions Beyond Captives and Consortiums

Matthew D. Strain and Kelly Hoffman

Independent private schools should stop and consider funding solutions beyond captives and consortiums | Corporate Synergies

Captives and consortiums allow smaller employers to band together to self-fund, but private schools may benefit from exploring alternative funding options. Facing cost increases and limited purchasing power, independent private schools have sought out alternative funding models like captives and … Read More

ICHRAs: A Radically New Way to Offer Health Insurance

Stephen Horvat

ICHRAs allow employers to offer coverage to employees that otherwise wouldn’t be feasible | Corporate Synergies

ICHRAs can be a great option for small employers, large organizations with diverse or changing employee needs or geographically diverse workforces. Even if you offer multiple health insurance plans, trying to address the diverse needs of employees can seem impossible. … Read More

The Myths Preventing Employees From Embracing HSA-Qualified Plans

Rachel Trembley

Employees need more education to understand the benefits that HSA-qualified plans can offer | Corporate Synergies

The biggest barrier to HSA-qualified plan adoption is education. Here are common myths I’ve encountered and how I’ve explained them. You’ve decided to offer a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA). You encourage your employees … Read More

Employers Have Options Related to Abortion Benefits

Dan Kuperstein and Pamela Smith

The right benefits partner can help employers assemble the abortion benefit program pieces | Corporate Synergies

In addition to abortion benefit options, employers need to carefully consider how reimbursement programs are designed. The recent U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision still leaves a lot of legal and regulatory abortion access questions unanswered. In … Read More

7 Open Enrollment Solutions for Today’s Challenges

Travis Turner and Stephanie Eisele

Open enrollment solutions involve developing and arranging multiple pieces for the best impact | Corporate Synergies

On par with most employee benefits, the open enrollment process has transformed in recent years, causing employers of all sizes and industries to seek open enrollment solutions to common challenges. Often, this means rethinking and revisiting their engagement strategies. HR … Read More

Demographic Studies and Real-Time Benchmarking Data Enable Strategic Planning

Pamela Smith

Demographic Studies and real-time benchmarking offers essential insights that guide your strategic decisions | Corporate Synergies

Analyzing real-time benchmarking data and demographic studies is the first step to setting meaningful and attainable strategic goals. It’s indisputable: The pandemic and the subsequent “Great Resignation” have made benefits more valuable in the marketplace, leaving organizational leaders wondering how … Read More

Is Self-Funding the Solution to Rising Medical and Drug Costs?

Luciano Franco and Tony Marconi

Self-funding may be a solution to rising medical and drug costs for employers. | Corporate Synergies

Employers are increasingly considering self-funding to counter rising medical and drug costs and serve their population with the benefits they actually need. In our experience, the cost of health insurance is the second largest expense behind payroll for most employers. … Read More