The Source: Weekly Roundup – December 24th, 2018

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Thought Of The Week

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

Welcome to The Source, your one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest HR and benefits news. Our weekly publication highlights this week’s top stories in human resources, benefits administration, insurance, legislation and more to make sure you can stay on top of industry trends and changes. Start off your week on a high note with The Source!

In this week’s edition, we look at 50 companies that made big benefits changes in 2018, review how one Texas judge struck down the ACA, explore how companies can help employees master their HDHP in 2019 and much more. Click To Tweet

Federal Judge In Texas Strikes Down Affordable Care Act

A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act’s individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law, therefore, cannot stand. Legal experts say the ruling won’t immediately affect Americans’ health coverage, and a group of states led by California is already vowing to appeal. But the invalidation of the landmark health care law popularly known as Obamacare throws into doubt the future of health coverage for millions of Americans on the Obamacare exchanges and in Medicaid expansion. Read more on CNN.

50 Companies That Made Big Benefits Changes In 2018

Go ahead and call 2018 the year of the benefits boom. From beefing up paid parental leave policies and implementing student loan benefits to eyeing rare offerings — think free college tuition, breast milk shipping services and free babysitting services — Employee Benefit News looks at 50 companies that made significant benefits changes this year.

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4 Ways To Help Employees Master Their HDHPs in 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a great time to give HDHP veterans and newbies at your company some help understanding — and squeezing more value out of — their plans in 2019. Check out these four simple steps your HR t­eam can take over the next few months to put employees on the right track, via Employee Benefits News.

Delaying Care A Healthcare Strategy For 3 In 10 Americans

Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare poll once again finds roughly three in 10 Americans reporting they held off seeking some kind of medical treatment in the past year due to costs. More than half of those who put off medical treatment in the past year — equivalent to 19% of all U.S. adults — say the delay involved a very serious or somewhat serious condition or illness. 

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See the full report and what these numbers mean for employers on Gallup.

5 Technology And Data Trends Affecting Employee Benefits

Technology and data frequently go hand in hand to power the latest innovations in the benefits industry. New solutions as well as evolving applications of existing technology and data analytics continue to emerge at a rapid pace, making it critical that brokers and benefits specialists stay on top of the latest trends in this space in order to help their clients make informed decisions about how to implement programs that will be most effective for their workforce. Learn more on the top trends currently impacting health and benefits on BenefitsPRO.

This Week in PlanSource | Ask the Industry: HR Predictions for 2019

2018 has been a wild ride, and it’s hard to predict the future of such a dynamic and complex industry. With the emergence of new technology in the fields of artificial intelligence, decision support and more, there’s a lot to look forward to. We spoke with HR experts from across the nation on what their top predictions are for the upcoming year. 

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