October 2012  |  Volume 3, Number 10

Contacts, Compliance and Research Updates


Health Care Reform: Large Employer and the New Health Insurance Exchanges

Historically, employers have adopted a number of strategies intended to control the ever-increasing cost of health care, including self-insuring their own employees' health risks, implementing wellness programs, and shifting more and more costs to their employees. In the wake of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), employers are examining a number of new strategies to control costs (e.g., "private" health insurance exchanges). 


Click here to read the full article.


Click here to review an alert on private exchanges.

CDC Introduces New Worksite Health ScoreCard
The newly released CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a tool designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites. The HSC has been determined to be a valid and reliable tool for employers to use in assessing health promotion programs aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke and related conditions among employees. During a recent webinar hosted by HPLive, staff from the CDC who developed the HSC provided an overview of its development and demonstrated how to use the tool. They described: 1) how the CDC HSC was developed and tested, 2) how the CDC HSC can be used by employers and other organizations to conduct workplace health assessments, and 3) other tools and resources that support taking action based on the results of the HSC.
The webinar is available on demand and is available at no charge. Simply click on this link and click on the "Recording" tab to view the webinar. HPLive offers free weekly webinars with nationally and internationally recognized experts on topics that are important to professionals in health promotion and related fields. All webinars are recorded live, archived and freely available for anyone to access. 
The CDC has published a document that details the Health ScoreCard. To download a copy, click here.  
BSG Events  



WMC Affordable Care Act Seminar

November 1, 2012 ---- Jefferson Inn ---- Wausau, WI

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) will host a seminar on provisions of the Affordable Care Act and what your business needs to know to be compliant. Jerry Frye will present:

  • How Employers Can Deal with Transformation in the Health Care Delivery System (2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CDT)

For more information, click here. 


If you would like copies of the presentation handouts, please contact our marketing coordinator at Ashley.Rusch@bsg.com.  



UCS Complimentary Webinar

November 13, 2012 ---- Online Webinar ---- 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST

University Conference Services (UCS) has teamed up with BSG to host a complimentary webinar on how your health care plan data can benefit you and your employees. Jerry Frye will present:

  • Good Data, Bad Data---- Learn to Tell the Difference and Save Money 

Click here to register and for more information.

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Contracts, Compliance and Research
BSG Events


More information regarding Health Care Reform and other benefit resources is available on the HR360 website, available to BSG clients under the "Resources" menu of their HR Express website. HR360 includes new features such as step-by-step interactive guides which make the processes of hiring, termination, COBRA and FMLA so much easier. In addition, there are new online tools such as a job description builder and salary benchmarking tool.

BSG subscribes to this service for your benefit. If you would like more information regarding this resource please contact your account management team at BSG.
Enlighten is published by The Benefit Services Group, Inc., (BSG®) and is provided free of charge to select BSG client representatives and associates.

By providing links to other sites, BSG does not guarantee, approve or endorse the information or products available at these sites, nor does a link indicate any association with or endorsement by the linked site to BSG.

The preceding is not intended to be and is not offered as legal advice. We are prohibited from the practice of law. Compliance is the responsibility of the employer or Plan sponsor and affected employees who should seek their own legal counsel regarding questions about information presented in this newsletter.

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