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    DISABILITY INSURANCE DURING A PANDEMIC

DISABILITY INSURANCE DURING A PANDEMIC

DISABILITY INSURANCE DURING A PANDEMIC Managing claims and confusion from the coronavirus By Len Strazewski It started with a bad cough and then progressed to pneumonia and then hospitalization. A hundred thousand or more failed to survive and tens of millions became unemployed. In a matter of months, the COVID-19virus grew into a pandemic, straining health systems throughout the world, and in the United States, also challenging employee benefits such

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    EMPLOYERS SEEK SUPPORT AMID PANDEMIC CHALLENGES

EMPLOYERS SEEK SUPPORT AMID PANDEMIC CHALLENGES

EMPLOYERS SEEK SUPPORT AMID PANDEMIC CHALLENGES Benefits brokers/consultants bring a valued perspective By Thomas A. McCoy, CLU At a recent Guardian Life webinar attended by some 1,500 brokers and employers, employer representatives were asked whom they are looking to for guidance in the wake of the pandemic. More than half responded they would look to their benefits brokers or consultant. At this “Preparing for the rebound” webinar and several others

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    DENTAL AND VISION BENEFITS

DENTAL AND VISION BENEFITS

DENTAL AND VISION BENEFITS Amid the pandemic, the value placed on health insurance policies is taking on greater importance By Len Strazewski As unemployment reaches levels not seen since the Great Depression, personal incomes are falling, and employee benefits are in shambles—just as the need for health benefits is exploding. Obamacare and COBRA provide some major medical options, but vision and dental benefits may be orphaned during the crisis. John

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CONVERTING DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN ACCOUNTS INTO LIFETIME INCOME

Benefits Products & Services By Thomas A. McCoy, CLU CONVERTING DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN ACCOUNTS INTO LIFETIME INCOME SECURE Act provision eliminates barrier for plan sponsors Retirement plan sponsors generally have succeeded in motivating employees to save more in their defined contribution (DC) plans. The next logical step is to help workers convert their DC plan savings into an income that will last through their retirement. When workers are unsure about

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    SELF-FUNDED MEDICAL PLANS AND STOP LOSS

SELF-FUNDED MEDICAL PLANS AND STOP LOSS

SELF-FUNDED MEDICAL PLANS AND STOP LOSS Innovation on the front lines of cost containment By Thomas A. McCoy, CLU A self-funded medical plan  represents the epitome of a partnership effort among the benefits broker, an employer and the stop-loss insurer backstopping it all. For an employer to self-fund in the face of relentlessly rising medical costs is both an opportunity and a challenge. If self-funding were not a significant opportunity,

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