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The government gave health insurers the green light this month to send out 2015 renewal notices to everyone currently enrolled in a medical plan through the public exchange. Here are a few considerations that might make employers re-think messaging for their own 2015 open-enrollment communications.

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Between new health care reform compliance requirements and the ongoing trend toward greater individual accountability, planning for this year’s open enrollment season is proving to be more complex than ever. On Aug. 7, Mercer presented a webcast to help employers prepare for a successful 2015 open enrollment period, focusing on employee communication and compliance issues. View the webcast replay here. Meanwhile, here are a few key open enrollment pointers from Mercer consultants.

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As a better way to ensure successful open enrollment outcomes, Mercer has developed a short checklist for employers to follow as they design, implement, and roll out their 2015 health benefit program offerings.

 

  1. Consider offering a consumer-directed health plan.
  2. Communicate early and often.
  3. Make voluntary benefits a big part of the message.
  4. Reinforce wellness campaigns.
  5. Support accountability with decision-support tools.

 

Read the full article outlining Mercer’s recommendations as published online by Employee Benefit News. We’re also hosting a live webcast at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 7, to provide information and suggestions for planning an open enrollment program that meets new and ongoing legal requirements, and the needs of participants and sponsors alike. Register now for this discussion on how to maximize the open enrollment process in light of health care reform changes.

 

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