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“FIVE MINUTES WITH...”
you an interview with Barry Lun-
dquist, president of the Council
for Disability Awareness. He offers
tips on strengthening workplace
disability programs and debunks
some myths about disability
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EBN’s monthly podcast series,
where we get exclusive insights from
benefit managers, consultants and
innovators behind great new products.
This month, EBN spends five minutes
George Lane, a principal
at Mercer. He talks to As-
sociate Editor Lydell C.
Bridgeford about how
the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care
Act will affect the demand
for benchmarking and employers’
outlook on health care benchmarking
and data comparison.
For more on benchmarking, read Bridg-
eford’s page 1 story, “PPACA heightens
the need to benchmark programs.”
author of “The
Complete Guide to
sation.” He chats
with Managing Editor
Kathleen Koster about the problematic
practices of executive compensation
and outlines a potential solution.
Our editor’s blog includes breaking news and opinions on pressing
benefits issues. Visit ebn.benefitnews.
com/blog/daily_diversion to take a
break, see what’s new and share your
thoughts and experiences. A sample
from recent posts:
INDIVIDUAL MANDATE: IS THE DEVIL
YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THE ONE
In a recent post, I invited you to play
a little game of “Would you rather?”
Let’s keep that theme going a little
while longer, this time on the topic of
the individual mandate in the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Would you rather comply with the individual mandate or be auto-enrolled in a
health plan (with a chance to opt out)?
That’s just one of the either-or
scenarios being proposed now that
the individual mandate is in a bit of
Another applies the carrot-stick
principle: offering discounts to people
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who purchase coverage early and
charging higher premiums to those
who enroll late.
I’m not wild about the individual
mandate, but these alternatives don’t
particularly thrill me either. But at
least the debate is spurring further
thought on the issue, and that can
only be a good thing.
What do you think? When it comes
to the individual mandate, is the devil
you know better than the devil you
don’t? Share your thoughts in the
BENEFITS MESSAGES FINALLY
GETTING THROUGH TO GEN Y
I know I’ve taken my shots at Gen Y
in the past — and quite honestly, will
continue to do so, so long as they
insist on texting rather than take up
the fine art of actually speaking to
one another — but nevertheless I was
quite encouraged by the EBN InBrief
post, “Under- 35 crowd becomes more
benefits savvy,” which revealed the
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economy and health care reform may
twitter.com/ebnmagazine, and Edi-
tor-in-Chief Kelley Butler at twitter.
have prompted younger workers to
engage in benefits — the big ones, not
just vacation days and flextime.
Looks like all those benefits tweets
The online poll, taken by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Unum, found
larger numbers of workers age 18 to 32
say they are extremely or very familiar
with retirement accounts, disability
insurance and life insurance.
Note that Gen Yers understanding
of these benefits wasn’t surveyed, but
familiarity is a start. Baby steps!
What is your company doing to
improve younger workers’ engagement in and understanding of core
benefits programs? Are you using
blogs, texts and Twitter or are you
bringing the mountain to Muhammad
in other ways? Share your thoughts in
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