Dec. 18, 2014

tourism binoculars2014 has been an exciting year in the insurance industry. The launch of the exchanges and the continued implementation of PPACA has changed the insurance landscape. These changes, however, don’t seem to have slowed the growth of the voluntary market. Approximately 15 percent of employers in a recent LIMRA study said they are either “very” or “extremely likely” to add a new voluntary benefit over the next couple of years, and about 25 percent are “somewhat likely.”1 As the year winds to an end, an article from Benefitspro takes a look at some of what we might expect to see when looking ahead to 2015.

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Dec. 15, 2014

TMK 100 YearsTrustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions jumps into the world of texting to help policyholders stay up-to-date with the current status of their claim. Policyholders simply have to include their cell phone number on the claim form and provide their permission to communicate via text, and claim reps will send them status updates, such as receiving the claim form, initial benefits approved, follow-ups required and more.

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Dec. 11, 2014

iStock_000014909942_SmallAs a broker or a carrier, the enrollment period is an exciting time. It’s the time when all the hard work you’ve put into selecting the right products, choosing the right systems and organizing the enrollment come to fruition and employees can enroll in the protection they need.

Unfortunately, a majority of consumers don’t share this enthusiasm. In fact, 55 percent say there is something they find frustrating about their employer’s benefits program.1 So where are things going wrong? Let’s look at the top complaints consumers have about enrollments.

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Dec. 4, 2014
By Ron Watt, Second Vice President, Wellness and Engagement

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We’ve all seen or at least heard of it; two grown adults playing tug-of-war over a Tickle Me Elmo or wrestling for the last Nintendo Wii. It seems each year around the holidays there is some new product that people are falling all over themselves to get their hands on. This year, one of the products that consumers will (hopefully not) grapple over will be wearable fitness trackers (e.g. Fitbits, Jawbones, etc.) that help monitor activity and healthy behavior. This growing interest in wearable technology for tracking health can actually serve as a stepping stone to get employers and their employees involved with wellness programs.

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Nov. 26, 2014
By Alex Moral, Senior Vice President, Voluntary Benefit Solutions

tmk-100-yearsWe wanted to take time out to say thank you to all the wonderful partners and customers we have a chance to work with every day. The voluntary benefits industry can be complex, and delivering voluntary benefits protection is the sum of a tremendous number of moving parts. Getting all these parts to coordinate for a smooth customer experience is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of everyone involved and it’s one of the many reasons why our partners are so important to us.

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Nov. 20, 2014
By Dan Kraft, Vice President, Product and Innovation

HiRes_KevinInsurance carriers continue to flood the market with myriad new or enhanced product offerings. As the healthcare landscape has changed in recent years, consumers are struggling to make sense of these possible solutions that claim to better protect them and their loved-ones when unexpected events occur or help them recover from the associated financial impacts. Most of these products, however, tend not to address what consumers really expect, want or need. Nor do these offerings help solve for the consumers most urgent and pressing problems. This creates a gap between the consumer’s desired state and the realities of what is available in the current market.

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