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The Protection Plan Your Firm Can’t Afford To Be Without

For home and business owners throughout Florida, Texas, and many small islands in the Caribbean, 2017 will be a year not easily forgotten.

After an above average hurricane season that witnessed the formation of some of the largest storms on record— Harvey, Irma, and Maria; the staggering amounts of damage and sheer devastation are still being felt months later in some of these most affected areas.

At the midpoint of the 2017 hurricane season Bob Henson, a meteorologist for Weather Underground, went on record with the Tampa Bay Times saying “This season has been an overachiever by almost every index… We’ve had more than a year’s worth of named storms when you look at the long-term average, and that’s being just past the midpoint of the season.”

But what does this say about the future 2018 season? According to Palm Beach Post and by association, Colorado State University, research is showing “60 percent probability that a more active season will unfold, giving a below-average season only a 20 percent probability of occurring.”

Luckily, for homeowners, there is Home Insurance, and for business owners, there is the Business Owners Policy— otherwise referred to as “BOP.”

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Ringing In The New Year With 401(k)

From abandoning vices to dedicating time for some inward reflection, there is no denying that the start of every new year is a time for reflection, looking to the future, and abandoning what didn’t work in the past.

When was the last time you examined your 401(k) business plan? Do you have a 401(k) plan for your business? Are you sure that your current plan is doing everything for you and your employees that it can? If you answer any of these questions with uncertainty or hesitation, it may be time to spend some of that reflection time on your retirement planning strategy.

If your businesses does not offer a 401(k) plan as a part of its benefits package, you could be missing out on valuable talent that may seek work elsewhere— perhaps with other businesses that do.

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The Cost Of Not Having Dental Insurance

If you and your family have been skipping trips to the dentist, you’re not alone. “For every adult without health insurance, an estimated three lack dental insurance” this comes according to a quote issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation based off of research conducted by the National Association of Dental Plans.

A Key Component Of Overall Health and Hygiene

But what so few realize is the close relationship between one’s oral health and their overall health. A person’s mouth is a haven for potentially harmful bacteria, regular flossing, brushing, and cleanings can keep the bacteria at bay but when a person is neglecting their teeth, the bacteria can build and lead to infections, tooth decay, and gum disease. From there, it is possible for the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body leading to other serious problems.

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The Insurance For When You Just Need More

What do you do when your insurance deductible is so high that it doesn’t even seem like you have insurance but that’s all you can afford? For some people who seldom seek medical treatments, this doesn’t really bother them. But for others whose only option is a plan with a high deductible, this can prove extremely frustrating and almost like the deck is stacked against them.

Despite the current political environment, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land and this means that all Americans must have health coverage or face a fine at tax time.

Young woman’s hands filling out application on a white deskHow Supplementary Health Insurance Works

Enter Supplementary Insurance plans. Sometimes referred to as Gap Insurance, these plans are designed to help the insured pay for many additional costs that standard insurance may not cover by offering a cash payout. Most basic health insurance plans will cover up to a certain percent of your overall bill, supplementary insurance is there to help with the rest.

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Attorneys: When Depression Strikes and When to See A Doctor

When the air turns cooler and the autumn breeze picks up the holiday season is never far behind. It is a time for family, friends, good food, shopping for gifts, and enjoying each other’s company. But what happens when you can’t seem to find your holiday spirit?

Just because your holiday spirit is lacking doesn’t necessarily make you a Grinch, though it could be a sign of something much more important.

Depression doesn’t strike when it is most convenient for you, sometimes there is a reason for it and sometimes there is not. In fact, it is not at all uncommon to develop depression symptoms during the holiday season.

But not all cases of the winter blues are the same and therefore, it is important to know when to reach out to your doctor and discuss what you are experiencing.

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Year End Insurance Planning for Law Firms Podcast With Member Benefits CEO Chip Trefry

Member Benefits own CEO Chip Trefry had the pleasure of sitting down with the hosts Christine Bilbrey and Jonathon Israel of The Florida Bar Podcast recently about year-end insurance planning for law firms.

To list to the full audio, please click here.

To learn more about Group Health Insurance, Disability Insurance, Cyber Security, and more, please visit your association page to contact one of our licensed Benefits Counselors.

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Knowing Your Open Enrollment Options In 2018

Here are some important reminders to help guide you through the 2018 Open Enrollment process.

You may have recently received a letter from your health insurance carrier about the 2018 year. If the letter was confusing, don’t worry—a licensed Benefits Counselor will help you navigate your health insurance elections for the 2018 coverage year.

Need To Know For Open Enrollment 2018

Unlike years past, this year the Open Enrollment period lasts from a start date of November 1, 2017, and ends on December 15, 2017.

In order to obtain coverage on January 1, 2018, you must apply by the December 15, 2017, Open Enrollment deadline.

Plans and pricing will be available for review on November 1, 2017. We recommend that you evaluate your health insurance options every year in order to ensure that you are still receiving the benefits you need.

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What You Need for Open Enrollment 2018

Open Enrollment 2018 is just around the corner and for many, this is the only time to secure health insurance coverage for you and your dependents.

Since the beginning of the Affordable Care Act, the term Open Enrollment refers to the specific period of time each year when an individual can enroll in, or switch, their health insurance plan without the need to qualify for a special enrollment period. This is also when additional eligible members can be added to an existing plan.

Open enrollment only occurs once per year, so keeping an eye on the Open Enrollment deadlines is important in order to avoid losing coverage. This year the Open Enrollment window has been shortened and begins November 1st with a December 15th deadline.

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