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Republicans abandon vote on ACA replacement

March 24 , 2017

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On Friday afternoon, House Republicans abandoned a vote on their health care replacement plan, called the American Health Care Act of 2017, after it became apparent that the Republicans did not have the votes they needed to pass the bill. This comes a day after the President threatened to walk away from health care reform if the House did not vote on the matter. Therefore, it appears at this time that Congress and the President will be “moving on” from health care to tackle other items such as tax reform. This means the current effort to repeal is in all likelihood over, at least for now.

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Tags: Health Care Reform


Construction pollution risk: A growing concern for every contactor

March 20 , 2017

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Today’s environmental risks are more complex than ever, and they’re constantly expanding as economic, workforce and regulatory issues continue to evolve. The risk of getting caught up in a costly pollution liability claim is greater than ever before.

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Tags: Business Insurance


Life and LTCi executive compensation – Why and how

March 14 , 2017

Executive compensation methods

Executive compensation packages are as varied as the executives they cover. Packages that supplement and protect retirement assets pack the strongest punch.

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Tags: Employee Benefits


GOP unveils bills repealing and replacing ACA

March 08 , 2017

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Tags: Health Care Reform


Ransomware – A booming business risk management exposure

March 02 , 2017

Ransomware risk management

Many companies have been taken hostage by ransomware. Your company could be next.

Ransomware is a type of malware that infects computers and makes them impossible to use. Files may be encrypted. Programs may be blocked. The cybercriminal responsible for the attack then demands money to release the computer. The Insurance Journal reports that ransomware attacks quadrupled in 2016 and are expected to double again in 2017, based on a new report by specialty insurer, Beazley.

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Tags: Risk Management


Workplace wellness tweetchat: Higginbotham weighs in

February 28 , 2017

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Higginbotham co-hosted a workplace wellness tweetchat February 27 for employees and employers of all sizes looking to improve or implement a wellness program. The chat was initiated and led by It's Time Texas, a social change organization with a mission to "empower Texans to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities."

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Tags: Health Risk Management


Five megatrends in transportation & supply chain risk management

February 20 , 2017

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Our world economy has exploded in the last half century thanks to globalization, the resulting rise of global trade, and advances in technology. According to 2015 data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, international trade in goods and services grew from around $4 trillion in 1990 to $24 trillion in 2014.

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Tags: Risk Management


ACA and Medicare reports due soon

February 16 , 2017

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ACA Reporting

This is a last reminder (until next year) of the due dates for IRS reporting under the ACA. Filing the 2016 Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS must be completed no later than February 28, if not filing electronically, and March 31 if filing electronically. Further, employee statements required under the ACA are due no later than March 2.

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Tags: Health Care Reform


What savvy homeowners need to know about smart home risks

February 09 , 2017

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Our homes are getting smarter. We can see who’s ringing our doorbell even when we aren’t home. We can control our shades and lights remotely. We can manage other smart devices, shop, play music and get quick answers using devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home.

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Tags: Home & Auto


Reduce Texas workers’ compensation insurance costs with these five steps

February 01 , 2017

Reduce workers' comp costs

Are your Texas workers’ compensation insurance costs growing every year? Then it’s time to take control by getting actively engaged and purposeful with your claims response. Here are five crucial steps:

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Tags: Business Insurance


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