group benefits plan

Get Communications Right for Open Enrollment

Get Communications Right for Open Enrollment

As group health plan open enrollment looms for most companies, communicating your offerings to your staff is key to getting as many of them as possible to sign up for coverage. That requires a solid strategy aimed at helping your employees understand their choices and...

Employee Assistance Programs in Times of Need

Employee Assistance Programs in Times of Need

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought mental health to the forefront for many people, as they tried to cope with abrupt changes to their work and social lives, isolation, fear of getting sick and losing loved ones to the disease. Even now, as the pandemic ebbs, the mental...

How to Budget for Your Group Benefits Plan

How to Budget for Your Group Benefits Plan

As the labor market remains tight and businesses struggle to find staff, more small firms are starting to offer employee benefits, particularly health coverage. But the costs of coverage can be daunting and many employers worry about whether they can afford benefits...

Getting a Head Start on Open Enrollment

Getting a Head Start on Open Enrollment

As open enrollment is right around the corner, now is the time to gear up to maximize employee enrollment, help them make the best selections for their own personal circumstances, and stay compliant with relevant laws and regulations. It's a lot to take in as...

Most Workers Make Bad Health Insurance Decisions

Most Workers Make Bad Health Insurance Decisions

Even though the majority of workers receive health insurance coverage on the job, a new survey has found that many of them understand surprisingly little about their health plans and are leaving money on the table. The "Health Insurance Literacy Survey" by...

Group Health Premiums Set to Rise 6.5%: Poll

Group Health Premiums Set to Rise 6.5%: Poll

U.S. employers can expect to see their group health insurance premiums climb an average of 6.5% in 2023 from this year, according to a new study. Economic inflationary pressures will push the average premium cost per employee to about $13,800, compared to about...

The Beacon – August 25, 2022

The Beacon – August 25, 2022

MZQ Beacon Alert - August 25, 2022 In this Edition: On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the sweeping Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the IRA) into law. In addition to the act’s deficit reduction measures and the changes it makes to tax law and energy policies,...

Diabetes Wellness Programs Can Boost Productivity, Reduce Costs

Diabetes Wellness Programs Can Boost Productivity, Reduce Costs

Physicians and employee health experts are increasingly recommending that employers include diabetes screening, prevention and management in their company-sponsored wellness programs. Diabetes — known as the "silent killer" — afflicts more than 29 million Americans,...

The Beacon – August 22, 2022

The Beacon – August 22, 2022

MZQ Beacon Alert - August 22, 2022 In this Edition: On Friday, August 19, 2022 the DOL, HHS, and Treasury issued updated FAQ's addressing the machine readable file requirements, which are part of the CAA Transparency in Coverage Rules. In short, employers no long have...