Straight From The Source Blog

Three benefits your employees wish you offered

August 10 , 2017

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You've heard about the modern workplace – the one where ping pong, massage and free meals are simply part of the culture. Even if your workplace isn’t that progressive, perks matter. They matter especially to the 53.5 million millennial workers out there today, whose concern for "work-life integration" has reshaped workplace culture and expectations in some pretty significant ways.

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ACA repeal, Washington state paid leave and HSA fiduciaries

August 02 , 2017


Senate Rejects Efforts to Repeal the ACA

In the early morning hours of July 28, 2017, members of the U.S. Senate voted 49-51 to reject a “skinny” version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA).

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Demand rises for virtual care

June 23 , 2017

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If companies had a way to keep health care costs down while making employees happy, they’d have to pursue it. As it turns out, such an option exists. Telemedicine is a cost-effective care option in many situations. It’s also rising in popularity among consumers.

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10 surprising facts about disability insurance

May 03 , 2017

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To help bring attention to the need for disability insurance, May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month. Created and organized by the nonprofit Life Happens and supported by the Council for Disability Awareness, it’s an annual campaign to help educate the public about the very real risks of disability and the importance of income protection planning.

In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d share 10 surprising facts about disability. For details on where the following statistics come from, check out this infographic from

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Group benefits strategies: Managing health care costs

April 13 , 2017

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Imagine that Gas Station A charges $2.50 a gallon. Gas Station B down the road charges three times as much at $7.50 a gallon. Where would you fill up the company car? At Gas Station A of course! 

Believe it or not, this scenario plays out every day in our health care system, with a much different outcome. According to a Blue Cross Blue Shield report, the cost of a total knee replacement in Dallas can range from $16,722 to $61,585 depending on the hospital. That’s a 267 percent difference!

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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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FLSA overtime rule blocked by federal judge

November 23 , 2016


A federal district court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the new FLSA overtime rule set to go into effect on December 1. Therefore, the rule is halted and will not go into effect on December 1, giving you a reprieve until the matter can be litigated.

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Tags: Risk Management, Employee Benefits

How the presidential election could impact your open enrollment

October 18 , 2016

U.S. Mail delivery during the presidential election

A current topic of discussion in communication forums is the upcoming presidential election and how it might affect the U.S. Postal Service.

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Group health insurance: Tips for a smooth online open enrollment

September 20 , 2016

Online Open Enrollment

As 2016 starts to wind down, we begin to look toward 2017. At many companies throughout the United States, this can mean only one thing: it’s time for open enrollment. If your company is considering online enrollment this year, there are several things you should know.

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HIPAA compliance 2016

August 30 , 2016

HIPAA Compliance

Data breaches targeting the healthcare industry, and the resulting theft of patient records, have reached epidemic proportions, putting the privacy and protected health information (PHI) of millions of Americans at risk. And many of those breaches are triggering HIPAA audits—and devastating fines.

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