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About thebenefitblog

Eric is a Producer at Lockton Insurance Brokers, Inc., the world’s largest privately held commercial broker. Eric has over 23 years of experience in the insurance industry and has spent the last 11 years with Lockton. Eric specializes in Health & Welfare Benefits, Retirement Planning, and Executive Benefits. Eric's clients utilize his expertise in the areas of Plan Due Diligence, Transaction Structure, Fiduciary Oversight, Investment Design, Compliance and Vendor negotiation to improve the operational & financial outcome for each client. The Benefit Blog is a place to share that expertise and industry news.

Estimating the Impacts of the Trump and Clinton Health Plans

via RAND Corporation Christine Eibner, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, led a team that analyzed parts of the proposed health care plans of the two major parties’ presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The team modeled those … Continue reading

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Employers Shift Higher Health-Care Costs to Workers

via Wall Street Journal   Open enrollment season is under way, and when workers get their health-plan information, many of them can expect higher out-of-pocket costs. As employers cope with rising health costs, some are shifting more of the burden … Continue reading

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Trying to Break Unhealthy Habits? There’s a Coach for That

via Wall Street Journal Changing unhealthy habits is hard, doctors say. But with Americans suffering from chronic disease in epidemic proportions, a big push is under way to get more individuals to do just that. Large employers, insurers, health-care systems … Continue reading

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New Gadgets That Could Give Telemedicine a Boost

via Wall Street Journal   Telemedicine offers patients the chance to meet with a doctor, 24/7, without leaving home. But many physicians are wary of participating because they can’t peer into patients’ ears, look down their throats or listen to … Continue reading

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Average Cost of Employer Health Coverage Tops $18,000 for Family in 2016

via Wall Street Journal The average cost of health coverage offered by employers pushed above $18,000 for a family plan this year, though the growth was slowed by the accelerating shift into high-deductible plans, according to a major survey. Annual … Continue reading

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A Flu Shot Is the Best Defense This Year

via Wall Street Journal Health officials are warning that a popular nasal-spray vaccine isn’t sufficiently effective to prevent the flu, and pediatricians worry many parents won’t get their children vaccinated this year. The result could be that more people fall … Continue reading

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The Office Walk-and-Talk Really Works

via Wall Street Journal They don’t require yoga pants or a shower, but the research is clear: Walking meetings count as exercise. “If corporations were to adopt this ubiquitously, you just start to think of those health benefits adding up,” … Continue reading

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When Target-Fund Fees Are Off-Target

via Wall Street Journal Target-date funds keep growing in popularity for retirement accounts. But many investors may be paying higher fees on these funds than they need to. The funds are pitched as automated retirement-planning assets. They are mutual funds … Continue reading

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Life Insurance Customers Push Back Over Surprise Cost Increases

via Wall Street Journal Americans are starting to fight back against a wave of insurance-price increases on decades-old life policies. Over the past year, several major insurers have notified tens of thousands of people of higher costs to keep their policies in force, … Continue reading

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A Cure for Swelling Drug Prices: Competition

via Wall Street Journal In a health care system notoriously resistant to cost-containment, generic drugs are an exception. Americans enjoy a huge range of generic medicines at-ever declining prices, largely thanks to robust competition among multiple manufacturers. So how is … Continue reading

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