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Be the Change: Helping Those Who Cannot Help Themselves

By Chris Sill

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”—Edmund Burke. Every day in America, almost 2,000 children will become victims of abuse or neglect. Across the country, there are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) that volunteer their time to help these children find safe and permanent homes to grow and thrive.

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King vs Burwell: A Case of Linguistic Gymnastics

By Katie Prellwitz

The only thing that seems constant in ACA is change and controversy. King vs. Burwell is an ongoing legal battle now under review by the Supreme Court. It hinges on the simple question people are asking: Am I eligible for a government subsidy if I use a federally- facilitated exchange? In a case of linguistic gymnastics, two sides are hanging onto literal translations of ACA. Petitioners argue that the language in the statue says subsidies are only available to someone who uses a state exchange. The crux of government’s argument is that the ACA also states that subsidies are available on a state exchange or “such an exchange,” meaning the Department of Health and Human Services could establish an exchange on behalf of a state that opted not to establish its own.

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WIN/WIN Benefits Strategies

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By: Emily Bailey

Each year in the benefits industry we see the same routine repeated over and over again. Healthcare costs continue to rise and the most obvious choices you have to combat that trend aren’t ideal—you either increase employee payroll deductions or raise the co-pays and deductibles on the benefits plan you offer. These choices seem like the lesser of two evils, right?

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New Rules Bring New Approaches to Employee Benefits

by Nancy Grasso

Employee benefits are a big challenge to many businesses today. Substantial costs of providing benefits affect company profitability, yet reducing or eliminating benefits can hinder a company’s ability to attract, recruit and retain the best talent. The January 1st deadline of the Affordable Care Act forced organizations with more than 100 employees to determine whether they would offer health insurance or pay a penalty and send their workers to public exchanges. Businesses with 50-99 employees should begin putting together a strategy before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st this year, as they will face a similar decision.

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Self Awareness and the Effective Leader

By Katie Prelwitz

Being “Aware” is such an overarching theme.  You can bring awareness to a foundation, nutrition and fitness, and social issues.  However, one of the most important ways to which you can bring awareness is by looking in the mirror.  How many times do we turn the spotlight on ourselves to learn how we can improve our own behavior?  Are we truly aware of how others perceive us?  If you have yet to participate in Digital’s LEAD program, you may not have taken a good look.

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It’s Time to Kick Butts

By Katie Prellwitz

… cigarette butts that is. Today, on Kick Butts Day, we celebrate smoking cessation programs and encourage the 42 million smokers in the U.S. to kick the habit. Everyone has a different way to approach their own tobacco battle. The most popular and obvious benefit of being a non-smoker is enjoying a longer and healthier life. Along with that, quitters can expect to lose the chronic cough and gain productivity, taste, and up to $5000 a year bypassing the box of temptations. We reached out to a couple of non-smokers within our Digital family to find out what worked for them.

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