Business Group Blog

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The Business Group Blog was created to share and discuss information about challenges and solutions to the health care benefits issues that large employers face today and tomorrow — such as controlling health care costs, reforming the health care delivery system, and engaging employees in their health and benefits — and will provide insight into national health policy issues. We hope you find this information useful and will consider subscribing to the blog and sharing any thoughts or ideas with us at blog@businessgrouphealth.org.

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers
November 10, 2016

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers

Across the health care system, treatment of mental health conditions has traditionally taken a back seat to physical health. The same is true for emotional well-being; for years, wellness programs have focused on behaviors like healthy eating, exercise and smoking cessation, and less so on improving the emotional state of the employee. But in recent years, mental health and emotional well-being have become increasingly important to health care providers, employers, health plans and, of course, employees.

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Selecting Vendor Partners in the CDHP Era
November 7, 2016

Selecting Vendor Partners in the CDHP Era

Large employers have more potential partners than ever to choose from to connect employees to high-value care. The Business Group’s Marketplace identifies dozens of vendors that provide second-opinion services, transparency tools, medical decision-support programs, disease management and several other condition-specific programs. Dozens more exist and startups looking to partner with large employers are being created regularly. 

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State Exchange Premiums Rising Faster Than Cost of Employer-Sponsored Coverage
November 3, 2016

State Exchange Premiums Rising Faster Than Cost of Employer-Sponsored Coverage

With open enrollment in full swing at most companies, your employees may be wondering how your company's health plan compares to those available on the exchange.

Premiums for health plans on the federal exchange will jump an average of 25% for benchmark plans (tied to premium tax credits) next year. This increase is substantially higher than the 2% increases in 2015 and 7% this year.

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Building a Multi-Generational Workforce Benefits Strategy
October 31, 2016

Building a Multi-Generational Workforce Benefits Strategy

At no other time in history have we had people across so many different age groups co-existing in the workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. By 2017, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, U.K. and the U.S. will have at least 40% of employees aged 50 and older. They are predicted to retire within the next 10 years. This mass exit will lead to a shortage of senior and skilled workers. The millennial generation will not be able to fill all the open positions left by the retirees.

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5 Ways to Revamp Your Health Care Strategy
October 28, 2016

5 Ways to Revamp Your Health Care Strategy

Each January, more than 100 human resources and benefits professionals come together for our annual Employers’ Summit on Health Care Costs and Solutions. The best practices and cutting-edge ideas brought forward at this event continue to show that innovation in health improvement and health care management in this country is driven largely by employers.

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The Critical Link Between Leadership and Employee Engagement in Global Wellness Success
October 24, 2016

The Critical Link Between Leadership and Employee Engagement in Global Wellness Success

To bolster engagement in and sustainability of wellness and/or well-being programs, employers have to build a strategy that recognizes the importance of stakeholder buy-in at all levels.

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Employers Embrace Financial Well-being Programs
October 21, 2016

Employers Embrace Financial Well-being Programs

Data show that 76% of companies currently offer programs or benefits to help employees improve their personal finances.1  Employers are taking a greater interest and role in the financial security of their employees for a number of reasons.

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