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  • Technology Trends Influencing the Insurance Industry

    The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is hosting Uptown Ed April 12. This educational networking event specifically highlights technology trends influencing the insurance industry. Admission is $100 a person, but in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, proceeds will benefit Bay Area child abuse prevention programs through the IICF Community Grants Program. Speakers include: Rob Bauer

  • Disruption & Developments: Bracing for Health & Benefit Shifts in 2018

    Join us Tuesday, March 20, for a health policy discussion. We plan to take a deep dive into the challenges and new developments (both expected and unexpected) this year will likely bring. Our experts are prepared to share their insights and strategies. You Will Learn: What recent disruptive developments like the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan venture could mean for

  • Personalizing Health Plans with Technology

    As seen in Employee Benefit Adviser, featuring EPIC Sr. Wellness Consultant Craig Schmidt “Many advisers are using digital monitoring to evaluate the status of wellbeing within a given employer’s employee population. Craig Schmidt, senior wellness consultant for EPIC, says one of the ways he is able to identify the companies that are offering strong digital

  • Managing the Wine Industry’s Toughest Risk Exposures

    Expert Editorial, as seen in Wine Industry Network (WIN) by Mark Niebuhr, Senior Vice President, EPIC Mark Niebuhr is a senior vice president at EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant. He started his career in the insurance industry with the Royal Insurance Co. in 1977 and moved on

  • Participation: Is It a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

    by Adam Okun Executive Vice President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company One of the central tenets of underwriting medical plans is to avoid adverse selection at all cost. Adverse selection results when a plan is designed or priced in such a way that it only adequately incentivizes sicker employees to enroll; failing to attract

  • Mindful Eating for Better Health & Well-Being

    You may be aware that caloric intake can impact your waistline, alter your energy levels, and means very little when you are not paying attention to the type of foods you eat, but did you know: When you choose fresh fruits and vegetables, you take in more efficient energy When you are eating low calorie,

  • EPIC Hosts Delta-Sierra CLC Leaders & Legends Panel Breakfast

    EPIC’s Sacramento office recently hosted the Delta-Sierra Construction Leadership Council (CLC)’s Leaders & Legends Panel Breakfast. Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) members enjoyed an hour of face-to-face Q&A with four top industry leaders. Panelists included Clinton Myers, Vice-President of Myers & Sons, Mary Teichert, COO of Teichert Construction, Mike Mencarini, President of Unger Construction, and

  • Recruiting and Training Young Professionals to Replace Your Retiring Population Should be a Top Priority

    The International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) and WebCE recently published a recruiting video featuring several eye-opening interviews with young insurance professionals. The video helps explain the many types of jobs and great opportunities for advancement available in the industry, for those potentially interested in an insurance career. As we all know, in the coming years,

  • Everything Else can Wait, Your Primary Responsibility is Getting There Safely

    House Bill 673 by Representative John Carson (R-Marietta) passed March 1. The legislation requires Georgia motorists to use hands-free technology when driving and bans drivers from texting, internet browsing or watching videos. This hands-free law allows for exceptions for emergency situations like reporting an accident or to utility service providers operating within the scope of

  • Message Heard – Pharmacy Costs are in the Spotlight

    by Craig Hasday President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company No doubt the health insurance carriers are getting the message: pharmacy costs are too high, and pricing is not transparent. UnitedHealthcare has announced that they will begin passing rebates directly to retail purchasers at the point of purchase. Pharmacy rebates – which are usually shared

  • What to Expect as all Major PBMs Align with Medical Carriers

    by Reba Mathew, Pharm.D. and Mark Runge In a recent article, our Pharmacy Director, Reba Mathew, provided her insight on emerging pharmacy marketplace changes. Yesterday, Cigna announced that it will acquire Express Scripts (ESI) for approximately $67 billion. Cigna has been trying to close large deals for several years. Most recently, its attempt to purchase

  • [Webinar March 28] Reduce the Cost of Health Insurance Benefits

    Join EPIC’s Renee Bosley, VP of Employee Benefits, and Davin Millholland, Chief Actuary, as they share the state of the health insurance market, explain healthcare increases, and review funding options that offer more transparency and control over your healthcare costs. Register Here Benefits for mid-sized employers between 50-500 employees: Reduced costs Price stability on future renewals

  • This Flu Season’s Outbreak Is No Laughing Matter

    by Claire Letourneau Account Executive for Onsite Wellness, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company I’ve had more clients than usual reach out to me for communications related to this year’s flu season and flu prevention tips. Why, you ask? Because this year’s influenza outbreak is widespread with hospitalizations occurring in 49 of 50 states. And it’s

  • Disruptive Giants – Where Some See a Threat, Others Welcome the Challenge

    EPIC’s Craig Hasday was recently quoted by Insurance Business America in an article highlighting Amazon’s arrival into the U.S. healthcare market, which the publication says is creating a divergence among insurers. Where some see a threat, others welcome the challenge. “I think the unique skill sets and scale of the three consortium partners give this effort

  • Speaking of National Healthcare…

    by Craig Hasday President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company In my family’s recent trip to a single-payer country we learned some of the good and bad of the system. While the U.S. consumes roughly 18% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare, it appears that no single-payer country spends more than 12% of

  • Small Group Savior? Another Look at QSEHRAs

    by Mike Dischley Vice President, Account Management, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company Small employers are often looking for ways to break out of the community rated market and lower their health insurance costs, as I’ve witnessed firsthand and written about over the years. In more recent posts we’ve discussed reference-based pricing, PEOs and self-funding as methods small employers can use

  • Take Politics Out of Healthcare

    by Craig Hasday President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company Three additional states have joined California in an investigation of the third largest insurer in the United States – Aetna – alleging their medical director denied a $20,000-per-dose infusion, admitting in a deposition that he never looked at [the] patient’s medical records. The media and public have

  • Do Your Commuter Benefits Cut the Mustard?

    by Gina Haw Vice President of Client Services, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company I was a little nervous to see what changes would come in the wake of the recent tax law overhaul (a.k.a. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act) signed in late December of 2017. It ends up there are some notable changes to the tax

  • Congratulations to EPIC’s Three Newest Power Brokers!

    EPIC’s Suzanne McGarey, Matias Ormaza, and Louis Hefter were just recognized nationally by Risk & Insurance Magazine. The three join the publication’s list of 2018 Power Brokers! We feel fortunate to have such hardworking colleagues and leaders committed to client service excellence. Well done, team. Suzanne was recognized in the Employee Benefits category. Taking the Long View Suzanne McGarey, CEBS,

  • Here’s an Immediate Challenge Facing Property Underwriters

    In an exclusive interview with Insurance Business, EPIC’s Kathleen Felderman explains four major challenges facing the insurance world. We encourage you to read the Q&A with Kathleen to learn more about one of our thought leaders and the unique perspective she’s able to share with colleagues in the industry. Since joining EPIC, she and her team have built