Talking Benefits Episode 8: The Storm Before the Calm

Forget the cats and dogs—This month it’s been raining new paid family leave laws, fiduciary rule oral arguments, health care reform changes and MPRA approvals! While the International Foundation strives to be a little more accurate than the local weather reporter, we were inundated with a monsoon of news right after we posted last month’s podcast. It’s like the storm came before the calm this month, so this episode of Talking Benefits has a whirlwind of topics to cover. Hold onto your hats.

Talking Benefits Episode 8: The Storm Before the Calm

This month’s show—Episode 8: The Storm Before the Calm 
(Recorded August 7, 1:00 p.m. CST)

This severe weather warning is not a test. Take cover as you tune into a new episode . . . Julie, Kelli, Justin and a special guest heat things up with a discussion on these benefits issues: 

  • Justin’s “two-minute” update
  • New! Foundations From the Foundation—Get back to basics with these mini benefit lessons
  • Health Care Reform update
    • Congressional happenings after the July 4 recess
    • Cost-sharing subsidies
    • House v. Price legal case
    • Availability of exchange coverage
  • Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) approvals
  • Financial status of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
  • True Story—Our special guest catches an employee “red-handed” for fraud.
Despite many, many rain delays this season, Talking Benefits hosts Kelli, Julie and Justin caught up with special guest Larry Beebe at a recent Foundation softball game.












Resources mentioned in this episode:
– International Foundation Benefits Transition Tracker
– 36th Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium
– Fraud Prevention Institute for Employee Benefit Plans

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Anne Killian
Communications Associate at the International Foundation

Anne Patterson

Communications Associate at the International Foundation

Favorite Foundation service/product: The innovative member survey efforts and results from the research team.

Benefits-related topics that interest her most: Health care, nontraditional wellness initiatives, employee benefit communication.

Personal Insight: It’s all about balance with Anne. She loves to run and enjoys a good culinary adventure. She’ll jump at the chance to travel or to spend fun times with family and friends, but she’ll also take time to catch her breath with an occasional Netflix binge or diving into a classic novel.

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