Naturally, we love to talk benefits here at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. So when a couple of our resident benefits gurus started presenting a monthly benefits update for staff, the word got out. Each month, the audience (a.k.a. staffers who can’t get enough benefits) grew.

Now you have the chance to be a fly on the wall of the benefits updates sessions that have our staff listening. Introducing Talking Benefits, the new International Foundation podcast—Each month, Julie Stich, CEBS, Kelli Kolsrud, CEBS, and Justin Held, CEBS, will fill you in on developments in the industry.

The podcast format of Talking Benefits makes it easy to listen on your commute, when you’re walking your dog or as a break from your daily grind.

New to podcasts? Don’t worry—It’s easy to start listening! Download a podcasting app to your smartphone or tablet. We recommend the Apple podcast app (Apple products only) and Stitcher. Then, search “Talking Benefits” and click Subscribe. The app will automatically download new episodes as they come out. Want to listen on your computer? Search “Talking Benefits” in iTunes and subscribe, or check back every month for new episodes posted on our webpage.

Benefits professionals be like . . .

This month’s show—Legislative Limbo
(Recorded live on February 3, 2017; Length: 0:27:27)

New administration, new rules, new headaches—Benefits professionals feel like they’re in limbo! Julie, Kelli and Justin dive into the issues that have us bending over backwards. Get straight talk about:

  • Supreme Court Nomination
  • Department Nominations: Secretary of Labor, Treasury Secretary, HHS Secretary
  • ACA Status –What now?
  • MPRA and PBGC Developments


Resources referenced in this episode:
ACA Central
Ask the 1095 Expert – An Open Q&A Session and 5 Tips to Conduct Your Own 1095 Audit
A Blueprint for Completing 1095-C Reporting To Make a “Good-Faith Effort”
ACA Executive Order and Employers: The Bottom Line
Washington Legislative Update, May 22-23, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Subscribe to Talking Benefits on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app or watch for new episodes on the International Foundation website.

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Ann Godsell, CEBS
Social Business Strategist at the International Foundation


Social Business Strategist at the International Foundation

Favorite Foundation service/product: Face to face conferences.

Benefit topics that grab her: Benefit communication, preventive health, health care cost management, workflex

Favorite Foundation conference moments: Meeting Dr. Andrew Weil at the Annual Employee Benefits Conference was a cherished opportunity. She also loves the times when she and a member recognize each other at a conference because of interacting on Twitter!

Personal Insight: Known around the office as “appropriately paranoid,” Ann is usually prepared for a variety of potential outcomes in most every situation.

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