This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Employee Benefit Adviser's first issue. Looking back at some of our earliest editions, I'm reminded of the proverb, "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
For example, in a July 2004 article on life insurance MetLife's Tony Trani said, "There has not been a lot of communication or an effort to educate employees on the value of the benefit." He could be talking about almost any benefit out there today, as employers still struggle with effective communication. Cyndy Nayer drives this point home in a thought-provoking article on outcomes-based contracting ("The danger of penalties," p. 48).
In 2007, broker Stephen Lukin of Massachusetts predicted the upcoming presidential election would hinge on a key issue: health care reform. "Sen. Barack Obama, one of the Democratic frontrunners, has already said publicly that all Americans should have health care six years from now," he said. And here we are, six years later, on the cusp of The Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges going live.
Speaking of the exchanges, do not miss Gillian Roberts' comprehensive report on p. 38 ("How state-run health exchanges are working with you") that details how each of the 16 states and District of Columbia that are launching their own exchanges are handling broker and navigator training. I guarantee some of the states' plans will surprise you. I'm looking at you, Oregon.
Of course, change in the employee benefits realm isn't keeping brokers and advisers from bringing top-notch value to their clients. Just take a look at the stellar performance of Intercare Insurance Solutions' Jennifer Eilers, our Employee Benefit Adviser of the Year ("A unique skillset," p.28).
At the same time, the evolution of the journalism industry from print-based to digitally focused mediums will not keep EBA from bringing you the news and analysis you need to be successful for the next decade - and beyond.
In fact, our efforts have not gone unnoticed: this summer the American Society of Business Press Editors honored EBA with a Gold Azbee award - the top prize - in the national publication redesign category.
With this level of continued improvement in mind, Managing Editor Brian Kalish will become Online Managing Editor for EBA and several of our sister publications at SourceMedia, as Roberts transitions to the EBA Managing Editor role.
Says Kalish: "As media outlets continue to enhance their digital offerings, I am excited to improve our coverage across all the unique SourceMedia brands to bring readers what they want and need to know quickly and in a variety of easily digestible formats."
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