Speaking Out On Transgender Benefits

Androgenous Pat

I recently came across this article, published by Business Insurance with the following headline "Few employers offer transgender benefits".  As a student in the industry, I admit to being a voracious reader when it comes to any topic around protecting a workforce, a company or improving health through employee benefits ... but I purposely try to stray from political content. In working with our clients, our job is not to politicize the healthcare system, but to explain and assist in meeting the … [Read more...]

The 2017 HSA Limits Are Here

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), has just released their annual limits for 2017.  Yes, this is the kind of thing that gets me all excited.  It must be hard for the IRS, whose sole purpose is to collect taxes, to furnish us the new limits allowing for greater tax savings for astute health plan participants who like to save money.  This does not mean we do not believe in paying our fair share … it only means we do not like to pay more than our fair share. The IRS got crazy this year and … [Read more...]

Meet Justin Lawrence

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Earl Lawrence founded a company in 1978 that now provides white fish, salmon and lobsters to over 3,500 grocery stores, specialty markets and high-end restaurants throughout the Northeast. Their company will hit $550MM in revenue in 2016 with over 1,500 full-time employees.  Their business took off in 2010 after discovering a new organic method of farming at their Gloucester facilities that produced a protein with a higher level of Omega-3. The founder will eventually pass ownership of the … [Read more...]

What Millenials Crave at Work?

Infographic on Millennials and Benefits

As a latchkey kid that grew up watching the Brady Bunch, the family I wished to emulate had three boys, three girls, Carol and Mike as parents and a maid named Alice.  Amidst parents that divorced when I was six years old, me and many of my GenX colleagues learned to fend for ourselves by working through high school and cooking our own dinner.  While my mother did her best to support us with dad's alimony check and her high school education, me and my two sisters grew up quickly and were taught … [Read more...]

The Best Food Picked from Trees – A Pizza Farm PSA from Nick Offerman

Those who have completed ACAP Health's (Accountable Care Accountable Patients) metabolic risk reduction program, Naturally Slim, have learned that food is fuel.  Hippocrates quote, "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food", is as true as ever today.  His advice then foreshadows now the importance food plays in stemming the obesity epidemic that is leading to diabetes and other chronic conditions. That's what makes sharing this Funny or Die video clip by Nick Offerman a favorite of … [Read more...]

The Non-Event SCOTUS Decision

The Supreme Court issued its ruling today upholding the Health Insurance Marketplace subsidies in states with a federally-facilitated exchange. My personal opinion was that the ultimate decision in King v. Burwell would be a non-event either way. A ruling that the law meant what it actually stated in writing would have invalidated subsidies in 34 states. This ruling means it’s business as usual for the Health Insurance Marketplace subsidies. It is important to understand that 87 percent of the … [Read more...]

The 2016 HSA Limits Announced

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), has just released their annual limits for 2016.  Yes, this is the kind of thing that gets me all excited.  It must be hard for the IRS, whose sole purpose is to collect taxes, to furnish us the new limits allowing for greater tax savings for astute health plan participants who like to save money.  This does not mean we do not believe in paying our fair share ... it only means we do not like to pay more than our fair share. The IRS decided not to change … [Read more...]

Sweet Advice from Hippocrates

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"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates When the father of western medicine, Hippocrates, gave us this quote back in the times of Ancient Greece, he was providing one way of solving the public health crisis of our time.  I like what Dr. Albert Schweitzer said even better, "It's supposed to be a secret, but I'll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within." Marcia Upson, RN, MS, FNP-C, founder of Naturally Slim, has shared … [Read more...]

The Business of Winning by Jimmy Johnson

For those of us who enjoyed those Super Bowl wins of the 1990's in Dallas, we all know that the Dallas Cowboys became a franchise team under Coach Jimmy Johnson. Jerry had the money and the smarts to hire his old Arkansas Razorback teammate, but Coach Johnson brought the formula for success.  It was honed in Florida at the University of Miami, where each Hurricane was conditioned to be faster, stronger, and have greater endurance than his competitor. As Coach Johnson explains in this video from … [Read more...]

Holmes Murphy Launches Healthy Insurance Pool (HIP) in DFW

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When we sit down with the leadership of our clients and their HR/Benefit departments, we usually get heads nodding when we share that 40-50% of Americans born after 2000 will have diabetes.  There are plenty of peer-reviewed case studies to show that leading companies who invest in establishing a culture of health and accountability in the right way experience returns that go far beyond the expense side of the ledger. What we typically find when visiting with employers is that there is not … [Read more...]