The Benefits Trust Blog

Happy Holidays! See Our Seasonal Hours

Posted on December 11th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

From the team at The Benefits Trust, wishing a very happy holiday season filled with joy to our benefits members and advisors. Here’s to health and happiness in the New Year! Please be advised of our special holiday hours, in the event you or your employees have claim inquiries: If (…) [Read Full Article]

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Battling Benefits Fraud: How Advisors Can Help

Posted on October 26th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

People often view insurance fraud as a victimless crime, affecting big companies rather than small businesses and employees. They couldn’t be more wrong! Fraud raises premiums for both employers and employees—everyone pays the price. According to the Canadian Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, benefits fraud costs the industry between $1.2 and (…) [Read Full Article]

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Common Benefits Advisor Problems: Pricing Pandemonium

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

Every benefits broker has had the stressful experience of having to tell their clients that premiums are increasing – clients certainly aren’t happy to hear this news, you’re going into the conversation already on the defense, and sometimes the relationship you’ve built can even take a blow. But it doesn’t (…) [Read Full Article]

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Buyer Beware: Choosing a Third Party Administrator for Benefits Plans

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by Robert Crowder

A Third Party Administrator (TPA) is an organization that manages employee group benefit plans on behalf of an employer. A TPA can provide more cost-effective and flexible group insurance administration for small and mid-sized businesses than larger traditional insurance carriers can – in some cases saving as much as 20% (…) [Read Full Article]

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Stop Being Afraid of Your Clients

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by Mike Ignatz

The group benefits industry is evolving to meet the customer’s demand for computer-driven convenience. Client expectations have risen, and many clients – especially the younger demographic – want to be able to access the information they need immediately. Preferably, on the insurer’s website. But this convenience can lead to information (…) [Read Full Article]

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The Benefits Trust App: Features Update

Posted on June 13th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

We’re constantly improving to meet the needs of our plan members, our clients, and their advisor partners! Our benefits app – a convenient and easy way for plan members to submit claims – has just been updated with new features to make the experience even better. Here are the new (…) [Read Full Article]

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Common Benefits Advisor Problems: Plan Design – Don’t Be a Commodity [Case Studies]

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

Here’s a hard truth – your clients don’t owe you anything. The small group benefits industry is largely commodity-driven. Successful business owners (your clients) are concerned with getting value from their benefits plan so they can go back to focusing on their company’s success. For most off-the-shelf benefits solutions, “value” (…) [Read Full Article]

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Can I Offer Benefits for Employees over 70?

Posted on March 14th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

People are increasingly working beyond the traditional “retirement age”. With employees staying on as they get older, many business owners aren’t sure about the rules for their benefits plans. In fact, since many traditional benefits plans terminate at age 70, most business owners believe that they cannot offer benefits for (…) [Read Full Article]

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Tell the Government You Don’t Want Your Health and Dental Plan Taxed!

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

The Federal Government is considering taxing health and dental benefits plans, which would increase taxes for employees. In many cases, this tax would result in small and mid-sized companies no longer offering benefits or significantly reducing benefits coverage. Millions of Canadians could lose access to affordable extended health, dental, and (…) [Read Full Article]

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Hybrid Benefit Plan Design – What’s Your Spot on the Line? [Video]

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

Small and mid-sized business owners often believe their employee benefits plan options are limited, particularly because traditional plans offered by large insurers provide little flexibility. However, with a hybrid benefit plan design business owners can maintain the key elements they like in their traditional plan while introducing a much greater (…) [Read Full Article]

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