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Three things brokers should consider about the AHCA

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 22, 2017 9:43:31 AM

And why uncertainty can create value

Nobody likes uncertainty, but it has been the standard in U.S. healthcare for several years now, with no signs of abating.

While this uncertainty can create challenges for those in the healthcare and healthcare-adjacent industries, it can also be a time of opportunity. For brokers, changes to the group health insurance market will renew the need for trusted advisors and give agencies the opportunity to redefine their value propositions.

Here are three things to think about as Congress debates the American Health Care Act, the ‘Obamacare’ replacement policy presented by Republicans.

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, obamacare, broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, aca compliance, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online, American Health Care Act, AHCA

We’re hiring—join the BerniePortal team!

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 20, 2017 8:48:38 AM

Positions open in Nashville

We’re growing quickly here at BerniePortal, and we’re looking for highly motivated individuals to join our team.

Positions are open at our Nashville, Tennessee headquarters. If you’re looking for a great job in the healthcare benefits and software industries, keep reading.

First, who are we?

BerniePortal is an all-in-one HR and benefits administration software platform. Built by brokers at our sister company Bernard Health, BerniePortal allows employers to solve the transactional problems of HR with software and the strategic challenges of healthcare with their trusted advisor. We license BerniePortal to brokers all across the country who use it to help their own clients maximize value in their health and benefits packages.

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The strategic guide to going online

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 17, 2017 10:24:19 AM

Brokers, start your buying process here

The benefits industry is moving online, but many agencies still haven’t taken the plunge. If you haven’t yet begun the buying process, start by downloading our free Strategic Guide to Going Online. This quick read will give you a market overview of benefits administration and HR vendors, outline a few factors to consider and give you an idea of what to expect when you begin evaluating platforms.

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

Former Zenefits CEO launches competing startup

Posted by Sarah Weinstein on Mar 16, 2017 3:02:41 PM

HR Software space continues to grow

Just one year after leaving Zenefits, former CEO Parker Conrad has launched a competing HR software this week. The new software, called Rippling, will compete with Zenefits by offering software to automate onboarding and offboarding. Conrad has already secured $7 million for the venture, a number that suggests the HR software space is continuing to grow rapidly.

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, obamacare, broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, aca compliance, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

BerniePortal website gets a facelift

Posted by Coby Randles on Mar 15, 2017 11:42:12 AM

Brand new BerniePortal

BerniePortal is pleased to announce the release of our brand new website. Months were spent coming up with the best ways to release a website that was both easy to use and efficient. It was rolled out by our development team earlier this morning and we could not be more excited to share it with you.

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Tags: BerniePortal, benefits, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, online benefit administation, website, 2017, features

What to look for in a benefits administration platform

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 13, 2017 9:58:56 AM

Use this checklist

When evaluating different products, you must decide which internal processes you will support, such as open enrollment, termination and qualifying events, and then choose your system priorities accordingly. Software is like buying a car–there are required functions, and "nice-to-have" add-ons. 

When reviewing functionality, look for these requirements. Check out this checklist below to review the functionality of these platform requirements:

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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

Feature updates you will love

Posted by Coby Randles on Mar 10, 2017 10:43:49 AM

Update, update read all about it! 

The product team here at BerniePortal has been busy making updates to some of the beloved features that we offer and would love to share them with you. They have recently released changes to five different features including 1094-C/1095-C, benefit booklets, reports and new navigation. These updates were recently discussed in the February new release webinar, but just incase you missed it, we’ll cover it all here.

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Tags: benefits, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, 1095-c, online benefit administation, 2017, benefits administration

Benefits forecast: Pet insurance

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 8, 2017 11:05:00 AM

What brokers should know

About one in every three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance, the fastest-growing segment of the insurance industry.

The pet insurance segment grew 12 percent between 2014 and 2015 and is expected to continue growing, particularly as Millennials continue to enter the workforce and obtain leadership positions.

Some experts have drawn connections to the trend of Millennials delaying marriage to a rise in pet ownership and pet insurance needs.

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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, pet insurance

Increasing customer service with benefits technology

Posted by Sarah Weinstein on Mar 6, 2017 1:49:21 PM

An addition to a hands-on approach

When discussing online benefits technology, we often hear brokers say “I don’t want to go online, I like to actually see my clients.” Adding online benefits technology to your agency’s value proposition does not mean the elimination of customer service or never seeing your clients again. In fact, most agencies have found by adding an online benefits administration platform to their agency they are actually increasing both their client satisfaction and retention.

Paula Doucet, a broker who utilizes BerniePortal shares going online ”has made collecting information from employees quick and easy. No more follow up calls to ask about incomplete forms. Employees think that it will be a painful experience but when they are done, they realize it wasn’t painful at all. Plus they can calculate their premiums as they pick and choose plans to see how much it will cost them and adjust accordingly.”

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, obamacare, broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, aca compliance, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

Don’t let health reform uncertainty keep you offline

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 3, 2017 11:03:26 AM

Three reasons why brokers will benefit from a changing healthcare industry

Many brokers are understandably concerned about the fate of the Affordable Care Act and how  possible repeal or replacement or the law will affect their agency and book of business.

This uncertainty is even leading to some brokers waiting to pull the trigger on going online, even if they had previously planned to purchase a benefits administration platform. However, this is a mistake, as the greatest risk surrounding going online is quickly becoming getting left behind.

With more than a billion dollars of capital flowing into this industry and the growing Millennial workforce, your clients are going online with or without you. Getting left behind on technology could put your agency in the dreaded position of managing multiple platforms for multiple clients, which you can read more about here.

If your brokerage is planning to go online this year, don’t let ACA uncertainty deter you from your goal of smoother open enrollments and maximized value for your agency. At BerniePortal, we’re confident that whatever happens to the ACA, brokers stand to benefit.

Here’s why:

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, obamacare, broker software, health insurance brokers, brokers, HR, technology, hr software, broker, 1095-c, online benefit administation, aca compliance, 2016, benefits administration, software, going online

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