The ShiftShapers Podcast

Brooks Goodison, President of Diversified Group, concludes a two-part discussion on ShiftShapers this week. Brooks points out the pros and cons of reference-based pricing and provides case studies on how these programs compare to traditional PPO contacts.

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In this week's episode, Brooks Goodison, President of Diversified Group joins us to discuss how renewed interest in partially self-insured plans in the small to mid-market has drawn the attention of state regulators. In this first segment of a two-part discussion on ShiftShapers, Brooks helps us sort through the changes underway that target groups that want to move away from fully-insured plans.

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This episode is packed with useful information for benefit advisors: Patrick clarifies some of the DI terminology that can often be confusing.  He goes into detail about the taxation of DI benefits so advisors can better serve their clients while saving them money. He also tackles the classic chicken or the egg question regarding whether Group or Individual coverage is the best first option.

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Regulatory changes are emerging at a fast and furious pace as we near the end of President Obama's second term, and not all of those changes are directly related to the Affordable Care Act. Jessica describes in detail how these new changes will impact health plans, retirement plans, and health reform requirements. Anyone who sells group insurance will be impacted by these proposed changes.

Additionally, advisors need to be able to communicate quickly and clearly to their employer clients who can face fines and additional documentation requirements once the expansion is finalized. Advisors who understand this new environment will be better positioned to help their clients navigate the changes successfully.

Jessica shares the latest information on everything from the increase in fines and penalties or changes to wellness program requirements.

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Jessica Waltman is Principal at Forward Health Consulting and is a regular contributor to ShiftShapers and one of the preeminent experts in how legislative and regulatory changes will affect your practice - and your clients. While we are all focused on the race for president, there is a much broader canvas to watch as well.

There has been renewed discussion of "The Public Option", but Jessica points out that there are differing notions of exactly what that means, and different ways in which it might (or might not) get implemented. Essentially, the public option is a government-run health care program set up to compete with private insurers. Some say it's the only way to save the Affordable Care Act since insurers are pulling out of the individual exchanges. Is it? We ask Jessica for insight.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2di4hzv

Direct download: SHIFTSHAPERS130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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