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10. Are high-deductible health plans and HSAs dead in the water?
A pair of experts weighs in on what will be on the radar of benefit advisers and consultants this year.

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9. Raising the stakes for HSAs
Employers are grappling with slow adoption even as they push high-deductible health plans as a smart bet for more workers.

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8. Battling Rx price increases: How to cut pharmacy costs in half
Pharmacy benefit manager rebates and third-party revenues are killing employer’s prescription drug plans. What are the best strategies to adopt?

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7. Voluntary enrollment rates rise ‘higher than predicted’
Advisers can expect participation to continue growing thanks to employee demand and the use of better data and online enrollment, according to Eastbridge Consulting research.

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6. How United Technologies created ‘the retirement plan of tomorrow’
The company worked with Prudential to create a pension-like 401(k) plan for its employees.

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5. Alera Group acquires brokerages at furious rate
The year-old adviser firm continues to quickly roll up benefit and insurance brokers.

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4. Top 50 brokerages eye mid-market sweet spot
Mercer is No.1 on EBA-miEdge list of large-group advisers for the fourth straight year, translating jumbo employer success to companies with 100-5,000 employees.

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3. 9 benefit trends to watch in 2018
Industry experts weigh in on a range of pain points facing employees, such as managing student debt, and the products that are designed to address them.

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2. How a fateful call from an employee inspired an adviser to start her own brokerage
Rachel Miner started Thrive Benefits after she had a meaningful talk with an employee who didn’t understand his company’s benefits.

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1. IRS clears way for student loan benefit tied to 401(k)
A private letter ruling allowed an unnamed employer’s plan to tie retirement contributions to student loan repayment contributions.

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