Health and Benefits News

Hylant, Liazon to Offer Private Benefits Exchange

Toledo, Ohio-based insurance brokerage firm, Hylant, has entered into a partnership with Liazon, operator of the Bright Choices Exchange, a private benefits exchange for businesses across the U.S., to provide clients with benefit alternatives to traditional options as the health …

Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #39

AOR/BOR Procedures for Benefits. For some unknown reason, I continually find Benefits Producers thinking the P&C AOR/BOR procedures are not applicable to them because the risk on the P&C side does not exist on the benefits side. This belief is …

The Hanover Expands Healthcare Capabilities

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. has expanded its healthcare industry options with an increased appetite and capabilities for the rapidly growing areas of the healthcare industry, including allied healthcare centers and home healthcare and medical equipment. The company also will …

Lockton Adds Milwaukee Insurance Brokerage Operation

Insurance and employee benefits advisor, Lockton, has opened a new operation in Milwaukee, Wis., appointing two veteran employee benefits consultants as senior executives. John O’Connor and Bill Crowley have joined Lockton as senior vice presidents in Lockton’s new Milwaukee office. …

New ‘Obamacare’ Exchanges Could Miss Enrollment Deadline: GAO

New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul could miss an Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment, a government report said on Wednesday. The launch …

Wisconsin Bill Would Require $50 Tobacco Use Fee for Health Insurance

Wisconsin state workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more per month for health insurance under a Gov. Scott Walker proposal that has won approval by the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee on voted 13-3 to approve …

Bliss & Glennon Launches Nutraceutical, Nutrition, Lifestyle Program

Redondo Beach, CA-based Bliss & Glennon, Inc.’s Complex Casualty division of has launched a new specialty program for the nutraceutical/health/nutrition/natural products industry. The product is supported by a national AM Best “A+” rated insurance company with claims servicing expertise in …

Indiana State May Charge Tobacco Users More for Insurance

Next year, Indiana State University employees who smoke or use other tobacco products could face a $1,200 per year surcharge if they have university health insurance. Also, employees who voluntarily agree to health screenings and health risk assessments would receive …

Partner Benefits Stand for Michigan State Workers

Same-sex domestic partners of state employees will continue to qualify for health insurance after the Michigan Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal filed by the state. In a short order released May 2 and dated May 1, justices …

Texas AG: Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Unconstitutional for Public Entities

Local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion on April 29. The cities of Austin, El Paso and Forth Worth already offer …