Each year, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust conduct a survey to examine employer-sponsored health benefit trends such as annual deductibles, plan enrollment, and health and wellness programs. The 2018 edition of this survey has been released, and it discusses a lot, including how health care costs continue to rise.
A core tenet of our investment philosophy comes from the economist Hyman Minsky, who stated “stability begets instability.” In economic terms, as the good times roll, more credit is extended at easier terms and to more suspect borrowers until too much credit is extended and the debt cannot be repaid.
Each year, seasonal influenza has a marked impact on employers. The seasonal flu can cause increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, and higher health care costs. As an employer, you are well-positioned to help keep your employees healthy and minimize the flu’s impact on your business.
I’m sure you can think of specific moments where luck was on your side, where serendipity has helped move your business in the right direction, but I’m sure you wouldn’t contribute all of your success to it. So, it makes sense that you wouldn’t leave the future of your business up to luck either, right? Wrong.
In spite of a rapidly changing healthcare environment, employers remain the reliable link to health benefits for most Americans. Here are a few options that may help as you look for new and better ways to retain and attract valued employees.
Planning for your future is intrinsically connected to where you’ve come from and where you are today. Your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, and all your lessons learned are all pushing you forward. But, without a plan, you’re a ship without a captain.
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