Employee Benefits Report, June 2017  Volume 15, Number 6
How Employers Can Curb a ‘Hidden Workplace Epidemic,’ Save Money and Boost Productivity
association health plans Every day, 60 people die from opioid pain medications in America. That’s 22,000 people every year. Opioids are being overprescribed and they’re now the #1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. Not surprisingly, this “hidden epidemic” is impacting businesses. The National Safety Council has recommendations on what employers need to do. Read on for details.
Bill Would ‘Alter the Legal Landscape’ for Workplace Wellness Programs
2A bill that members of Congress are considering would substantially change federal rules governing workplace wellness programs, lifting limits on the inducements that can be used to persuade workers to provide personal health information, according to a brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read on for details.

Retirement Policy Likely to Change Radically in Near Future
3As President Trump and the new Republican-controlled Congress settle in, experts say U.S. retirement policies are likely to change significantly over the next few years. Read on for details.
Benefits Paid to Long-Term Care Policyholders Rise 6 Percent
America’s long-term care insurance companies paid $8.65 billion in benefits to 280,000 people in 2016, an increase of 6 percent over the prior year, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. Read on for details.

This Just In

Cut Turnover Costs by Offering Millennials Education Benefits

New research reveals that employers can reduce the costs of recruiting and training replacements by offering Millennials—a generation that forms the largest part of the workforce and changes jobs an average of 15-20 times over their careers — educational benefits that they can share online. Read on for details.