USI Receives Vertafore Vanguard Award for Innovation

Vertafore awarded USI the Vanguard Award for Innovation during the recent NetVu18, the largest technology conference in insurance, held in Atlanta, Georgia, this spring. The Vertafore Vanguard Award for Innovation goes to the agency, carrier, or MGA who contributes to expanding and growing the industry through their innovative application of Vertafore solutions. Vertafore announced that…

Vision Insurance Trends to Incorporate in Your Benefit Plans

Employees increasingly rank vision insurance as one of the most important benefits. Here’s how to get the right plan for your employees. Vision insurance has quickly become a coveted employer-sponsored benefit. More than half of the employees surveyed in MetLife’s 2017 Employee Benefit Trends Study ranked vision coverage as an essential benefit. Most consider vision…

Health Benefits Top Employees’ Wish List

Health insurance is the most valuable benefit to employees, with vision and dental benefits close behind. The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) conducted a study in 2016. The study found that 87 percent of surveyed employees said that employer-based health insurance is either extremely or very important. Many were concerned about the future of Obamacare.…

Vision Plans: Inexpensive and Effective

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Compensation Survey, only 25 percent of workers have access to employer-provided vision care benefits. Employers that fail to offer vision benefits due to cost could be making a mistake, however, since vision benefits have big payoffs in terms of improved health and productivity. Companies that offer vision…

Excepted Benefits Rule and EAPs

Rules proposed late last year by the Departments of Labor and Treasury would free employers to offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) without worries about complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other market health reforms. The proposed rules would make EAPs “excepted benefits” and thus exempt from certain provisions of HIPAA, COBRA and the…