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The Health of Gratitude | Illinois Employee Benefits Agency

The month of November has a central focus on the holiday, Thanksgiving. Linked with this holiday is the emotion of gratitude. We want to take a closer look at this emotion and see how it is linked to better health and give you some practical tips on how to increase the size of your gratitude … Continued

Data Drop: Workforce Surveys Reveal Effects of Pandemic | Chicago Employee Benefits Agency

How 2020 will be remembered is largely going to be shaped by the pandemic, both for larger society and the workplace. There is no industry that hasn’t been impacted by COVID-19 and thus, no segment of the workforce that hasn’t felt its impact. We can see this playing out in the data we collect. Perhaps … Continued

End of Year Healthcare | Chicago Employee Benefits Agents

As the weather turns cooler and shopping centers get busier, it’s easy to surmise that it’s nearing the end of the year. Are we all ready for 2020 to be over?! Yes, please! Since we are closing in on 2021, it’s time for you to maximize your healthcare plan by taking advantage of end-of-year healthcare … Continued

Three Surprising Benefits to a Virtual Open Enrollment | Illinois Employee Benefits Agency

With many enrollments being forced to go virtual this year, you may feel at a disadvantage. But, there are actually plenty of reasons to believe a virtual open enrollment could be even more effective for you and your clients. IMPROVED EDUCATION People only tend to remember 10% of what they hear and only 20% of … Continued

Preventive Care is as Easy as 1-2-3 | Chicago Employee Benefits

In a world where viruses run rampant across the globe and healthcare costs are skyrocketing, there is an easy way for you and your family to stay healthy—preventive care services. Preventive is defined as “used to stop something bad from happening.” Preventive care is care that thwarts off illness or disease thanks to regular check-ups, … Continued

Telemedicine | IL Employee Benefits Advisors

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system in the US has changed. More and more, people are seeking out telemedicine services versus the traditional brick and mortar physician’s office. This trend also includes telemental health services as well. So what are the advantages of these services and how are they growing to meet … Continued

CMS Disclosure Requirement for Employer Health Plans | Chicago Employee Benefits

Do you offer health coverage to your employees? Does your group health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs? If so, federal law requires you to complete an online disclosure form every year with information about your plan’s drug coverage. You have 60 days from the start of your health plan year to complete the form. For … Continued

How Paid Parental Leave is Changing the Benefits Landscape | Chicago Benefit Advisors

When you hear the term “paid parental leave”, what do you think of? Here in the U.S., paid leave benefits are somewhat of a luxury. Although the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has made it possible for parents working at companies with 50 or more employees to secure 12 weeks of unpaid leave, the … Continued

Handling of Retaliation Complaints under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act | Chicago Employee Benefits

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a final rule on the procedures for the handling of whistleblower complaints under Section 1558 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations protect employees (which includes former employees and applicants for employment) who may have been subject to retaliation for seeking assistance under certain … Continued

Identify and Evaluate the Impact of Your Wellness Program | Chicago Benefit Advisors

Measuring program value, or return on investment, is critical and imperative in managing a healthy wellness program. Further, clearly identifying and objectively evaluating the impact helps keep the vendor focused on what is critical for the employer. If these programs are not having the impact intended, then the cost of those services is only adding … Continued