United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Public Employees Feel Less Pinch from PPACA

Posted by: Thomas Mangan    Dec 23, 2013 12:28:00 PM

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Topics: health care costs, ACA, health insurance premiums, UBA 2013 Health Plan Survey, health care reform, health care, PPACA, Thomas Mangan

Leadership is Leading the Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 20, 2013 11:53:00 AM

“Complaining is not a strategy.”-- Jeff Bezos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amazon.com

It’s no secret that the insurance benefits industry is rapidly changing, probably at the fastest rate in its history. United Benefit Advisor’s Chief Executive Officer, Thom Mangan, has been outspoken about the fact that advisors who don’t keep up with the changing benefits industry will quickly get left behind. Mangan is often recognized for his drive to stay one step ahead of the game and was recently honored with the CEO Leadership Award from the Institute of HealthCare Consumerism (IHCC) as a result of his leadership in this area. In this brief interview with the IHCC, he shares his thoughts on the future.

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Topics: health care costs, health insurance, ACA, UBA, employee benefits, health care reform, health care, Thomas Mangan

How Health Benefits Differ Across the Country

Posted by: Thomas Mangan    Oct 25, 2013 11:31:00 AM

By Thomas Mangan
CEO, United Benefit Advisors 

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Topics: health insurance, health insurance premiums, health plan benchmarking, UBA, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care, Thomas Mangan

UBA News in the News

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 8, 2013 3:21:00 PM

As the complexities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) continue to challenge business owners and HR professionals, UBA continues to lead the industry by sharing proprietary research and analysis, often utilized by journalists and media outlets looking to help employers and consumers navigate the increasingly complex world of insurance benefits.

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Topics: UBA, employee benefits, health care reform, PPACA, Thomas Mangan

UBA Rolls Out the Red Carpet at Annual Ubbie Awards

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jul 23, 2013 12:57:00 PM

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Topics: UBA Partner Firm, UBA, hr consulting, health care reform, Thomas Mangan

Four Things You Should Know About the Employer Mandate Delay

Posted by: Thomas Mangan    Jul 3, 2013 10:57:00 AM

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Topics: health insurance, UBA, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care reform, health care, PPACA, Thomas Mangan

Employee Benefits Benchmarking and Health Care Reform

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 26, 2013 1:53:00 PM

When it comes to managing employee benefits in the era of health care reform, it’s easy to want to take a “head-in-the-sand” approach but the clock is ticking and soon everyone will be forced to comply with the all of the PPACA regulations. Employers are faced with the dilemma of trying to contain the consistently upward spiral of health care costs while at the same time concerned with retaining top talent in an increasingly competitive market. Frankly, it can certainly be overwhelming and hard to know where to start.

United Benefit Advisors and its nearly 200 Partner Firms, who collectively work with 36,000 employers understand these frustrations all too well. However, in working with this volume of employers, they know the strategies that will make the job of designing cost-effective, yet attractive employee benefits a lot easier – while still taking PPACA compliance into account. In fact, these tried-and-true benefit strategies have proven themselves worthy – last year alone,  UBA Partner Firms helped their employer clients save an average of 5.2 percent on their medical renewal in 2012, for a combined $584 million in annual medical plan cost savings.

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Topics: HR webinars, health plan survey, hr consulting, health care reform, PPACA, Thomas Mangan

Self-Funding More and More of an Option for Small Employers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 1, 2013 12:46:00 PM

by Thomas Mangan
CEO, United Benefit Advisors 

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Topics: health care costs, health insurance, health insurance exchanges, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care, Thomas Mangan

Private Exchanges: A Win or a Wash?

Posted by: Thomas Mangan    Dec 18, 2012 11:39:00 AM

By Thomas Mangan, CEO, United Benefit Advisors

On the surface, private exchanges seem right in line with American consumerism: Provide an open platform and let each employee pick the exact plan that meets their needs. And for employers, a defined contribution approach to health care coverage seems like a great way to wash their hands of all the compliance headaches. This may very well be the future, and many are racing to market with exchange platforms. But most have built their platforms in the hopes they will come. As I have been discussing with leading benefit advisors, right now the barrier of entry is too high. Not only do these platforms not have the critical mass to make them affordable, there are a number of other hurdles that employers need to be aware of when considering these solutions, including:

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Topics: health insurance, health insurance exchanges, employee benefits, health care, PPACA, Thomas Mangan

In this Election, Health Care Takes Center Stage

Posted by: Thomas Mangan    Nov 6, 2012 8:38:00 AM

By Thomas Mangan, CEO, United Benefit Advisors

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Topics: health care costs, health insurance exchanges, employee benefits, health care reform, health care, PPACA, Thomas Mangan