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Picwell Insights: Who Enrolls in Supplemental Benefits (and Who Should?)

Oct 21, 2022 11:05:02 AM / by Picwell posted in Open Enrollment, Benefits Decision Support, HR Tech, employee benefits, empower wise choices,, supplemental benefits, voluntary benefits, risk aversion, financial wellness

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As we covered in our last blog post, supplemental benefits can be an important part of an employee's total benefits package. According to the most recent Aflac WorkForces Report, “more than half, 51%, of all American workers view supplemental benefits as a core component of a comprehensive benefits program,” and, while only about one-third of employees had access to supplemental benefits through their employers, most employees stated that the need for supplemental insurance has been increasing.

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Picwell Insights: Making the Case for Supplemental Benefits

Oct 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Picwell posted in Benefits Decision Support, employee benefits, empower wise choices,, supplemental benefits, voluntary benefits, hdhp, financial wellness

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In this era of financial instability it is more important than ever for your organization to provide a well-crafted benefits package. And this includes more than just health insurance. Supplemental benefits have begun to take center stage during benefits enrollment, and for good reason. In this article, we’ll review exactly what supplemental benefits are and how they can help employees further protect themselves against risk while saving them money in the process.

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Picwell Insights: The Role of “Capacity to Pay” in Employee Benefits Decisions (Part 2)

Sep 27, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Picwell posted in Benefits Decision Support, Health Insurance, employee benefits, health savings account, empower wise choices,, risk aversion, financial wellness

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In our last post, we covered the concept of employees’ “capacity to pay” for unexpected medical bills. As many as 40% of employees would not be able to afford a surprise medical bill of $1,000 or more, and, given this result, it's important for employees to consider their financial preparedness for unexpected costs when choosing benefits. 

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Picwell Insights: The Role of “Capacity to Pay” in Employee Benefits Decisions

Sep 22, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by Picwell posted in Benefits Decision Support, Health Insurance, employee benefits, health savings account, empower wise choices,, voluntary benefits, risk aversion

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Every year, the Federal Reserve conducts a study on the financial health of American households, and one of the most frequently cited statistics from this study comes from the following question:

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Picwell Insights: How Risk Aversion Impacts Benefits Decisions (Part 2)

Sep 21, 2022 8:45:00 AM / by Picwell posted in Open Enrollment, employee benefits, benefits professionals, empower wise choices,, virtual open enrollment, risk aversion

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In our last blog post, we explored the idea of risk aversion, including what it is and how it affects benefits decisions. We reviewed different levels of risk aversion and how those variations impact the way employees think about their health care benefits. Now it’s time to dig even deeper and find answers to questions like,

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Picwell Insights: How Risk Aversion Impacts Benefits Decisions

Sep 20, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by Picwell posted in Open Enrollment, Health Insurance, employee benefits, benefits professionals, empower wise choices,, virtual open enrollment

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When employees hear the word “risk”, they may experience a wide range of emotions. Oftentimes, it’s associated with a type of behavior that ignites excitement and a rush of adrenaline, such as jumping off a 10’ high diving board or betting everything on black in Vegas. However, when it comes to health care benefits, the word “risk” can have quite the opposite effect, leaving employees with feelings of fear and doubt.

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How to Measure and Improve Employee Engagement During Benefits Enrollment

Jun 8, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Picwell posted in Open Enrollment, Benefits Decision Support, employee benefits, benefits professionals, benefits communications

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Your team works hard to offer a broad range of benefits to keep employees happy and healthy. But, even if your organization offers the best benefits in the world, they’re only valuable if your employees are enrolling in, and using, them. Keeping benefits engagement steady (and working on ways to improve it!) are crucial to ensuring your benefits programs are successful.

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How to Get Employees Excited About Benefits When Plans Haven't Changed

May 25, 2022 9:45:16 AM / by Picwell posted in Open Enrollment, Benefits Decision Support, employee benefits, benefits professionals, supplemental benefits, virtual open enrollment, benefits communications

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So you’ve evaluated your benefits offering and have decided to stick with the same plans for this year’s open enrollment. Without any new benefits to offer, you probably feel like it will be difficult to get employees excited about their benefits. Many will just stick with the same plan because it’s comfortable and easy. But that’s not always the best option - and it will be your job to show them that.

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3 Reasons Why Employees Should Change Health Plans

Apr 20, 2022 10:15:10 AM / by Picwell posted in Open Enrollment, Benefits Decision Support, employee benefits, benefits professionals, health savings account, hsa, virtual open enrollment, benefits communications

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The past several years have thrown a wrench into the way your employees live their lives and make decisions - especially when it comes to health care benefits. 

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Tapping into the Millennial Mindset: What Young Professionals Want and Need From Their Health Care Benefits

Mar 23, 2022 8:48:00 AM / by Picwell posted in Open Enrollment, employee benefits, benefits professionals, health savings account, company culture, employer brand, supplemental benefits, remote work

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Most Millennials are now seasoned professionals, and the competition to recruit them is fierce. So, if you want your company to be an employer of choice among this workforce-dominating generation, you must tailor your benefits package and administrative approach to their needs. According to a recent AFLAC survey, 34% of Millennials have rejected a job offer due to dissatisfaction with the benefits provided.

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