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Brokerage 2.0

Posted by Emily Kubis on Feb 24, 2017 10:14:25 AM

Miss EBA’s webinar with Alex Tolbert?

If you missed Employee Benefits Advisor’s “Brokerage 2.0: A Strategic Guide to Online Benefits Technology” webinar featuring Alex Tolbert, be sure to check out Tolbert’s new book, “Online Benefits Technology: The Strategic Broker’s Guide.”

In the webinar, Tolbert focused on topics covered in greater detail in the book. Topics include the decision brokers face in adopting benefits technology, what to look for when selecting a system, and how to implement.

Want more info? Click here to listen to the webinar, or you can find Online Benefits Technology: The Strategic Broker’s Guide on Amazon, or read on for an overview:

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

A sneak peak into BerniePortal training

Posted by Coby Randles on Feb 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Behind BerniePortal training

To begin, BerniePortal training is an interactive, in-person training held once every month. This month's training was lead by our very own Client Success team lead, Lindsey, and Brian, one of our founders. It is a two day course for brokerages who have recently partnered with BerniePortal. The sessions include how to use our platform as well as how to market BerniePortal to clients while getting them excited and ready to take their business online.

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, online benefit administation, 2017, training, benefits administration, software, going online

What it takes to be a young leader in benefits

Posted by Craft Hayes on Feb 20, 2017 9:42:01 AM

Craft Hayes leads Bernard Health’s Nashville team of benefits advisors and was recently named a 2017 Rising Star in Benefits by Employee Benefits Advisors.

I’m honored and excited to a part of the 2017 Employee Benefit Advisors Rising Stars in Advising. In my almost 10 years I have seen a tremendous amount of change in our industry from both legislation and rising costs. Arguably the most tumultuous time to enter the industry, we’ve learned about the pre-ACA way of doing things, the ACA format and rules, and are now preparing for the round of changes with Republican leadership.

The benefits industry and brokerage business used to be able to provide value in pricing to clients through quotes from multiple insurance companies. Since I started in the industry in 2008, I have seen a tremendous shift in our roles. A reduced number of carriers to quote—and those quotes being the same across all brokers—has greatly commoditized the market.

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

Brokers: Will you pick a platform, or let clients choose?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Feb 15, 2017 10:44:21 AM

The big decision

The HR and online benefits administration software market is growing rapidly. More than $1 billion in venture capital has been poured into online benfits tech in the small- to mid-sized employer segment. Inevitably, this market will include purchases made by your clients.

With the existence of more than 100 benefits administration software solutions, it is unlikely that your clients will all choose the same solution, or even the same five solutions. This is why the big decision has dramatic implications.

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

New book offers how-to guide for health insurance brokers adopting online benefits technology

Posted by Sarah Weinstein on Feb 13, 2017 3:09:53 PM

Check out the press release 

 Endorsed by brokers and thought leaders across the country, the book guides brokers through selecting and successfully implementing an online platform

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — January 31, 2017 — Alex Tolbert, leader of BerniePortal, the all-in-one HR platform built for brokers by brokers, has published a new book entitled “Online Benefits Technology: The Strategic Broker’s Guide.” Prior to developing BerniePortal, Alex worked primarily as a group health insurance broker himself.

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Tags: COBRA, health insurance brokers, HR, employees, employer, broker, benefits administration

Zenefits has largest layoff ever

Posted by Sarah Weinstein on Feb 9, 2017 9:57:59 AM

Are tech companies still a threat to brokers?

Zenefits announced this morning they are laying off 45% of their employees in a memo obtained by BuzzFeed news. It’s been a big week at Zenefits in which they also named a new CEO and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). This is Zenefits third round of layoffs among other turmoil, leading many brokers to question if technology really is a threat to brokers.

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

How to pick a benefits administration platform

Posted by Emily Kubis on Feb 8, 2017 10:10:11 AM

One broker’s story

Did you miss our webinar with Grant Hendrickson of Brogan, Reed, Van Gorder & Associates? Based in East Lansing, Michigan, Grant gave us a great overview of making the leap online.

If you missed it, read on for some highlights, or click here to watch the webinar.

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

Spotlight Feature: Benefits Enrollment

Posted by Coby Randles on Feb 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Benefits Enrollment

BerniePortal provides employees with “at-their fingertips” access to their benefits year-round so they can view their benefits summary and/or employee agreement at anytime. Online enrollment plays a big factor in eliminating paperwork and headaches while saving time. Who doesn’t want that? Saving time and reducing the amount of paperwork are just a couple of the many benefits that come with taking your business online. Below, are some of those notable benefits.

 

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Tags: benefits, health insurance brokers, HR, employees, employer, broker, benefits administration

Benefit Forecast: Identity theft insurance

Posted by Emily Kubis on Feb 1, 2017 11:40:26 AM

Last year’s IRS decision expected to boost benefit adoption 

Identity theft is the most common consumer complaint in the United States, and more employers are offering protection against it as a voluntary benefit.

According to Willis Towers Watson, 35 percent of employers offered identity theft protection in 2015, which could grow to nearly 70 percent by 2018.

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, 2016, voluntary benefits, benefits administration, identity theft insurance

What you need to know about student debt repayment

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 30, 2017 9:26:32 AM

How to advise clients on 2017’s hottest benefit

Most employers don’t yet offer student debt repayment, but it’s already being called the hottest benefit of 2017. This highly-sought perk is increasingly popular with Millennial employees, many of whom have thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

In 2016, the average student debt load was more than $37,000. Nationally, the total student debt burden represents $1.3 billion.

Here are three things to know about student debt repayment:

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, HR, hr software, broker, voluntary benefits, student debt, student debt repayment, benefits administration

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