How will Weekdays with Bernie grow your business?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 19, 2018 9:44:44 AM

Join us for the BerniePortal users conference

Have you registered for Weekdays with Bernie yet? Our users conference is March 26-28, 2018 in downtown Nashville, and will convene more than 200 benefits leaders from around the country for best-in-class learning opportunities, networking, and agency development.

But specifically, how will Weekdays with Bernie grow your business?

Weekdays with Bernie is focused on providing valuable business advice, industry information and cutting-edge sales and customer service strategies to our BerniePortal partners.

Here are three ways attending Weekdays with Bernie will result in agency growth:

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Voluntary participation rates on the rise

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 17, 2018 8:17:33 AM

Trend represents opportunity to brokers

Participation rates have been on the rise for the last three years, the report said, and carriers expect the trend to continue through the next one to three years.

The rise in participation is reflective of changing industry dynamics, which have left employees more vulnerable to out-of-pocket costs and willing to elect additional coverage options, such as critical illness or hospital indemnity coverage.

However, the report did identify some barriers to increased participation, including a lack of employer engagement and employee access.

These issues can be addressed by a benefits platform such as BerniePortal, which can function as a decision support tool and improve employee education around their benefit offerings.

(Employee Benefits Adviser: How to boost ancillary commissions through enhanced enrollment tools)

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Tags: aca, Online Benefits Administration, broker software, health reform, health insurance brokers, hr software, benefits administration, benefits software

Who should handle 1095-C reporting?

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Jan 15, 2018 1:21:15 PM

The last decade has witnessed a huge boom in the HR software industry and shows no sign of slowing down. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Forms 1094-C/1095-C, companies from different industries are trying to create online solutions to help Applicable Large Employers (ALE) stay compliant. Among the industries vying for this new customer base are:

  • Payroll companies
  • Standalone vendors
  • Benefits administration providers

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Tags: 1095-c, aca compliance

The top benefits trends to watch in 2018

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 15, 2018 7:40:27 AM

Prepare your agency to handle these trends

As employer healthcare costs continue to rise faster than the rate of inflation, many year-long trends could finally culminate in big changes to your clients’ benefits strategies in 2018.

Here are five trends to keep a close eye on in the new year.

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Tags: aca, Online Benefits Administration, broker software, health reform, health insurance brokers, hr software, benefits administration, benefits software

Who should attend Weekdays with Bernie?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 12, 2018 8:37:18 AM

Join us for the BerniePortal users conference

Have you registered for BerniePortal’s users conference yet? Weekdays with Bernie will be held March 26-28, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

What is the users conference, and who should attend?

Weekdays with Bernie will convene hundreds of benefits professionals for best-in-class learning opportunities, networking and strategies to grow their benefits practices.

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The basics of 1095-C compliance

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Jan 11, 2018 4:15:00 PM

Starting in 2016, the IRS started requiring Applicable Large Employers (ALE) to file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C as part of the Affordable Care Act. With strict noncompliance penalties in place, these forms cause employers much anxiety. The filing deadlines for these documents are quickly approaching and here’s what you need to know to meet ACA compliance requirements:

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Tags: 1095-c, aca compliance, ALE requirements, applicable large employer, e-filing

Is your agency ready for the new year?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 10, 2018 8:34:46 AM

Five tips to take your agency to the next level

Is your agency ready for the new year? We know most agencies are busy planning for 2018 and considering how to take their business strategies to the next level.

From sales and marketing to tech and compliance, here are five tips to help you plan ahead for the new year.

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Tags: aca, Online Benefits Administration, broker software, health reform, health insurance brokers, hr software, benefits administration, benefits software

ACA uncertainty: Should brokers adopt benefits software?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 8, 2018 7:34:43 AM

Things to consider in 2018

What does 2018 have in store for the Affordable Care Act and the benefits industry? Like previous years, benefits professionals are entering the year under a cloud of uncertainty, which can make it difficult to make strategic decisions and plan for the future.

We frequently hear ACA uncertainty as a driving factor behind business decision apprehension. But is the wait-and-see approach the right one for your agency?

When it comes to bringing your agency online with benefits administration and HR software, the risk is quickly becoming getting left behind. Increasingly, employers, HR professionals and business leaders want to administer their HR and benefits using software, and brokers are poised to provide this technology.

Further, the advantages of benefits administration tech extends far beyond the ACA. While many, including BerniePortal, do provide 1095-C reporting tools, comprehensive software streamlines the full scope of benefits and HR.

While no one can say for sure what will come next for the ACA, here are three things we do know brokers and their clients will face—and how benefits tech can help.

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Tags: aca, Online Benefits Administration, broker software, health reform, health insurance brokers, hr software, benefits administration, benefits software

3 questions for benefits professionals in 2018

Posted by Alex Tolbert on Jan 5, 2018 7:22:53 AM

Check out this column in BenefitsPro:

What’s ahead for the benefits industry in 2018? There are several trends that will affect benefits professionals in the coming year, including the evolving relationship between brokers and payroll, Zenefits’ strategy shakeup, and industry dynamics benefitting small firms. 

Let’s look these questions one at a time. 

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, HR, hr software, broker, online benefit administation, benefitspro

Three tax bill questions for brokers

Posted by Emily Kubis on Jan 3, 2018 8:15:53 AM

Things to consider in 2018

With the passage of the GOP’s ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,’ lawyers and accounts are ending the year on a busy note. Many of these professional service providers are digging into the bill text to determine how to best serve their clients under the new regulations.

The benefits industry is no different. While the bill’s headline impact on healthcare centers on the individual mandate, the sweeping legislation certainly raises many questions for brokers and their clients.

Here are three things brokers should consider as we kick off 2018.

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Tags: Online Benefits Administration, broker software, health insurance brokers, hr software, benefits administration, benefits software, tax cuts and jobs act, tax bill

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