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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.

Prepping for PrEP: What a New
June 12, 2019

Prepping for PrEP: What a New "A" Rating for Truvada Means for Employers

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued an “A” recommendation for the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, as well as HIV screening for individuals at risk for contracting HIV and all pregnant women. USPSTF “A” recommendations are the gold standard for evidence review for preventive health care services; this will expand access for your employees to valuable health care services and increase plan costs.

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Minimum Core Benefit Standards – A Growing Trend in Global Benefits Strategy
June 11, 2019

Minimum Core Benefit Standards – A Growing Trend in Global Benefits Strategy

Having a global benefits strategy may include a country wide harmonized approach with plan design reflecting market prevalence and norms. The definition of market median varies greatly between countries, often creating equity differences in eligibility and access to coverage for employees from different countries but working for the same company.  Some leading global companies are addressing these gaps by evolving their strategy to include an enterprise-wide minimum core benefits strategy.

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What Makes an Effective Leader Anyway?
June 5, 2019

What Makes an Effective Leader Anyway?

In an interview for the Knowledge@Wharton radio show, chief talent scientist at Manpower Group and professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explains how personality traits typically thought of as feminine, despite not always being recognized in the workplace, may actually make for more effective leaders.

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More than 30 Years Later Cigarettes are Still a Problem. Here's Why
May 31, 2019

More than 30 Years Later Cigarettes are Still a Problem. Here's Why

Not long ago, you couldn’t walk into an office building without it resembling an episode of Mad Men. Employees could light up a cigarette whenever or wherever and smoking was the norm.  

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Powerful Female Leaders Headline Workforce Strategy
May 29, 2019

Powerful Female Leaders Headline Workforce Strategy

Two fierce women will light up the stage at Workforce Strategy 2019: Dr. Kyra Bobinet and Alexandra Drane. Both are known for challenging the status quo and transforming organizational cultures, and like the title of Krya’s session—they are badass.

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Having an Agile Global Benefits Vision Is Key to Strategic Workforce Planning
May 21, 2019

Having an Agile Global Benefits Vision Is Key to Strategic Workforce Planning

When conducting global workforce planning in an uncertain world, some things are certain - the workforce of the future is changing, and disruption is inevitable. A company’s benefit strategy has often been a core component of the employee value proposition and fundamental for efforts to attract and retain talent. In today’s diverse and multigenerational workforce, companies need the agility to change quickly and communicate effectively with different personas. 

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Telework: A Business Solution or Pain Point?
May 16, 2019

Telework: A Business Solution or Pain Point?

For employees, the benefits of telework are clear: It saves time and money. Telework has also attracted the attention of employers, interested in reducing costs associated with absenteeism, real estate and employee turnover. And beyond individual and business priorities, telework has the potential to alleviate top global concerns by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and pollution.

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