The Source: Weekly Roundup – September 17, 2018

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In this week’s edition, we cover one state’s attempt to save the ACA, 2018 open enrollment trends and tips and how you can ease back into reality after the HR Tech Conference. 

ACA Saga: Counterattack to Save Obamacare

A Maryland lawsuit attempting to save the Affordable Care Act has been filed as a counterattack to the Texas Republican-backed lawsuit attempting to kill it. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is seeking a declaratory judgment that the ACA is constitutional and a court order barring the U.S. from taking any action inconsistent with that conclusion. Get the full scoop from BenefitsPRO

Employees Are Still Overwhelmed by Benefits Enrollment

“Stressed”, “confused” and “anxious” are the most common words by employees used to describe their feelings about enrolling in benefits, a new survey from Unum says. Yet, they concluded that nearly half of U.S. workers spend 30 minutes or less reviewing benefits before enrolling. Yikes. See suggestions on how to improve your open enrollment and benefits education from Unum

woman at desk going through open enrollment for benefits

Employers Have Hit A Standstill For OE Readiness

The Employee Benefit Adviser OE Readiness Benchmark report has found that progress has slowed, especially in the areas of open enrollment management, readiness to enroll employees and answer employee questions, and document employee feedback. There’s still time to kick it into high gear – read more from EBA Magazine

Marsh & McLennan Blog: Own Your Wellness Program

Most insurance carriers provide some type of complimentary preventative health or wellness program design, in the form of health education seminars, biometric screenings, flu shots, or even a technology platform. But think twice before diving into a complete wellness program marriage with your insurance carrier, says MMA on their blog, The Boardroom.

yoga wellness class

#HRTechConf – Ease The Transition Back To Real Life

Hurricane Florence got in the way of our HR Tech plans, but chances are a majority of folks are fresh off the plane from Vegas today after one of the biggest industry conferences in the country. Here are some good event detox tips from Katie Achille, a seasoned conference-goer and blogger, to help you catch up after a long week away. See Katie’s tips on her personal website

This Week At PlanSource: Tech Life Podcast

Neil Mammele, The PlanSource Director of Demand Generation, was interviewed on a recent episode of The Tech Life Podcast, a local Charleston show that explores the booming tech community, which has earned the affectionate moniker ‘Silicon Harbor’. Hear as Neil and host Rich Conte recap this year’s Eclipse Conference and discuss Charleston’s growth as a thriving tech capital for benefits and more. Listen to the full episode here.

Neil Mammele Plansource

The Exponential Healthcare Conference

How will AI, blockchain and genetics technology affect your health care spend in the future? Join leading experts in the benefits, HR, health care and technology industries in Newport Beach, CA on Wednesday, October 10 for a discussion about how to use these emerging developments to create a competitive advantage for your business. Use the code “plansource” for a 15% discount – register here.

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