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Transitions in Benefits

In life, transitions can be difficult.  There can be fear and anxiety surrounding what might be next.  Yet transitions are necessary for professional and personal process. Six months ago, I changed careers.  After working in college athletics for 16 years, I accepted an advisor role at The Benefit Company.  This transition was filled with personal …

Healthcare and Benefits - A Modern-day Tower of Babel Story

Balance billing, COBRA, co-insurance, donut hole, EAP, urgent care, formulary… is your head spinning yet?  I’m just getting started.   In about the year 2242BC, according to The Bible in Genesis 11:1-9, following the great flood, the descendants of Noah migrated westward into the land of Shinar.  Some Biblical scholars believe that the people, wanting …

Student Loan Repayment Benefits

A growing number of companies are offering student loan repayment assistance programs as an employee benefit. In fact, the number of employers offering student loan-related benefits doubled to 8% over the past year, the 2019 Employee Benefits Report by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) found. There are two primary reasons employers are increasingly …

Christine Muro

The Benefit Company (TBC), a leading Atlanta executive and employee benefit consulting firm, is pleased to welcome Christine Muro to our team. Christine received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University.  Following her graduation, she has worked in the HR and employee benefits arena for more than 15 years, primarily on the employer …

Who owns your benefits consultant

“The Benefit Company is Committed to Remaining Privately Held”, one brochure stated.  We recently had an internal discussion about employers being better off as a client of our firm because we are Privately Held. One of our team members asked, “Do employers care if we are Privately Held?”  An immediate response included, “…nimble, flexible, entrepreneurial – …

New Years Resolution for Benefits

With the beginning of each New Year, many individuals contemplate a set of New Year’s resolutions. Webster’s Dictionary defines a resolution as a firm commitment to do or not to do something. In what ways can employers develop resolutions for employees and their benefits package?  To identify what I believe is a priority in this …

Challenge to ACA Constitutionality

Question: What is the current status of the court case that is challenging the ACA’s constitutionality? Short Answer:  At this time, the case’s current status does not impact employers’ group health plans (e.g., it’s business as usual). However, employers should stay informed for the final decision in this case. Some states have already announced they will challenge this …

Health Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering can help you learn new skills, meet new people and feel good about helping others. Researchers have found it can benefit your health, too. Healthier blood pressure: A Carnegie Mellon study revealed that adults 50 and older who volunteered about 200 hours a year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. …

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