Worker Satisfaction Highest Since 2005

By Kelly Moore | Sep 5, 2018

Just more than half of U.S. workers—51%—said they were satisfied with their jobs in 2017, the highest level since 2005, according to a new report from The Conference Board, a business-research group. Over the past seven years, Americans report feeling better about their pay along with a greater sense of job security, both features of…

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Texas Teacher Surprised By $109,000 ER Bill

By Kelly Moore | Aug 28, 2018

“I am stuck in the middle of this convoluted, flawed system,” says Drew Calver, popular high school history teacher and swim coach in Austin, Texas.  Last spring, Calver collapsed in his bedroom from a heart attack and was rushed to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery. He lived and returned home to his life only to…

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Companies Now Offering Fur-ternity Leave for New Pet Parents

By Kelly Moore | Aug 21, 2018

When a new baby arrives, it’s a given that new parents are going to have their hands full and thus, employers allow time off to deal with that stuff and stabilize the homestead. And perhaps some of you are asking, but what about new pets? Shouldn’t there be something in there for new pet parents?…

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Coming Soon: Truly Transparent Hospital Pricing

By Kelly Moore | Aug 14, 2018

Can you imagine going into the grocery store and picking things off of the shelf, going to pay and only then seeing the prices?  Talk about a negative surprise! And yet that’s pretty much how our hospitals work right now. And of course, if you don’t know how much things cost, then how can you…

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Sanders’ MediCare for All Idea Continues to Stir Up Feelings

By Kelly Moore | Aug 7, 2018

If you’re REALLY bored at the next family gathering or cocktail party, just say three magic words. Medicare. For. All. Then stand back because it’s gonna get either really entertaining or really ugly depending on who’s there with you. Well, entertainment value aside, recently good ol’ Uncle Bernie’s idea which (depending on where you sit…

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Little Cali Kingdoms Enforce Different Minimum Wage Rules

By Kelly Moore | Jul 31, 2018

Big kingdoms like the great state of California are made up of lots of little ones. And if you run a business that employs minimum wage staffers, you’re probably used to keeping up with changes coming down from the big kingdom, at least once a year. But the little kingdoms are working too, and on…

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Living Longer and the Reality of Long-Term Care Insurance

By Kelly Moore | Jul 24, 2018

For the first time in history, residents of high-, middle-, and low-income countries are likely to live to 60 years of age and beyond. Longevity is one of the greatest achievements of our modern era — the United Nations calls it one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century. Worldwide, 901 million people are…

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(UPDATED) Why Cooperative Hunting is Just Better

By Kelly Moore | Jul 17, 2018

Did you know that 80-95 percent of carnivores are solitary and hunt alone? Many individual employees and even business owners are out there still buying individual (and heavily subsidized) health insurance plans from the state-run exchanges. But some new moves out of Washington are going to make the GROUP market far more attractive for just…

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Click Here When I Die: The New Death Etiquette

By Kelly Moore | Jul 10, 2018

Marcel Proust once wrote “But old age, to begin with, has something in common with death. Some face it with indifference, not because they have more courage than others, but because they have less imagination.” Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting another author, Jonathan Braddock, whose new book Click Here When I Die offers some very practical advice on…

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Questions from the Field: Association Health Plans

By Kelly Moore | Jul 3, 2018

Recently, your favorite buds in blue suits at the Department of Hard Labor in DC made it a bit easier for small businesses to band together and purchase health insurance without the pesky regulatory requirements that individual states and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impose on the little guys. Since we’ve recently received a few…

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