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Benefits, with Purpose!

Benefits Administration and Outsourcing Solutions
COVID 19 Coronavirus

July 15, 2021

A podcast series that explores the topics organizations need to know so they can deliver meaningful health and wealth benefits to their employees

Employee benefits touch the lives of individual people every day. As benefits delivery experts, it’s a tall order we take seriously and meet with purpose. Tune in to Benefits, with Purpose! as we navigate the complex world of health and wealth benefits and hear how you can deliver purpose to your employees in the moments that matter most.

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Episode 1: The transformation of the employee benefits experience


With so many benefit decisions to make, the right technology can help employers meet their employees individual needs at the time in their lives when they need guidance. Does the human factor still play a part?

Host:
Thomas Lawrence
Tom Lawrence

Managing Director, Market Leader, Missouri and Kansas at Willis Towers Watson

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Speakers:
Elise Schroeter
Elise Schroeter

Managing Director, Talent and Rewards at Willis Towers Watson

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Bob Carlson
Bob Carlson

Senior Director, Benefits Delivery and Administration at Willis Towers Watson

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Episode 1: The transformation of the employee benefits experience
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Episode 2: Benefits Accounts: The only constant is change


An interpretation of the many legislative changes impacting medical benefits accounts (CARES, HEALS and HEROES Acts) and what employers need to know.

Host:
Philip Massey
Philip Massey

Director, Client Service and Delivery CEBS at Willis Towers Watson

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Speaker:
Stephen Durso
Stephen Durso

Associate Director, Benefits Accounts at Willis Towers Watson

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Episode 2: Benefits Accounts: The only constant is change
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Episode 3: Benefits Accounts: Navigating the plan year runout


Health care accounts such as HSAs and FSAs bring value to employees if the correct actions are taken. Our experts discuss the importance of plan year deadlines and how employers can help employees navigate this important time.

Host:
Philip Massey
Philip Massey

Director, Client Service and Delivery CEBS at Willis Towers Watson

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Speaker:
Stephen Durso
Stephen Durso

Associate Director, Benefits Accounts at Willis Towers Watson

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Episode 3: Benefits Accounts: Navigating the plan year runout
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Episode 4: Co-fiduciary arrangements: The next frontier of pension outsourcing

Co-fiduciary arrangements within defined benefit pension plan administration has become an increasing trend for employers. Why? Our experts explain how outsourcing these responsibilities and liabilities to a third-party brings significant value, providing risk mitigation, enhanced compliance results, and more.

Host:
Dave Amendola
Dave Amendola

Senior Director, Intellectual Capital Leader | Benefits Advisory & Compliance at Willis Towers Watson

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Speakers:
Lisa Alkon
Lisa Alkon

Managing Director, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

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Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly

Senior Director at Willis Towers Watson

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Episode 4: Co-fiduciary arrangements: The next frontier of pension outsourcing
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Episode 5: COBRA subsidies in the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the latest COVID-19 relief bill which includes a 100% COBRA subsidy for those who lost coverage due to involuntary termination or reduction in hours. Our experts unpack the many questions that come along with this update and the administrative challenges for employers in implementing these subsidies.

Host:
Pratin Shah
Pratin Shah

Senior Director, Benefits Outsourcing at Willis Towers Watson

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Speaker:
Holly Murphy
Holly Murphy

Director, Benefits Outsourcing at Willis Towers Watson

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Episode 5: COBRA subsidies in the American Rescue Plan Act
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Episode 6: COBRA subsidies in the American Rescue Plan Act – Part 2

This second episode on COBRA subsidies focuses on Department of Labor guidance and model notices. Our experts review administration challenges and compliance strategies for implementing the subsidies and coordinating subsidies with the one-year extensions under previous emergency rules.

Host:
Pratin Shah
Pratin Shah

Senior Director, Benefits Outsourcing at Willis Towers Watson

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Speaker:
Holly Murphy
Holly Murphy

Director, Benefits Outsourcing at Willis Towers Watson

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Episode 6: COBRA subsidies in the American Rescue Plan Act – Part 2
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Episode 7: HSAs: The best option for retirement savings?

HSAs are often a misunderstood benefit by employees, especially when it comes to how these accounts can help save for retirement. Our experts discuss the reality of health care costs in retirement, and how an HSA in addition to a 401(k) can be a highly effective strategy in planning for the future.

Read more here about how to educate your employees on maximizing their retirement savings.

Host:
Philip Massey
Philip Massey

Director, Client Service and Delivery CEBS at Willis Towers Watson

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Speaker:
Stephen Durso
Stephen Durso

Associate Director, Benefits Accounts at Willis Towers Watson

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Episode 7: HSAs: The best option for retirement savings?
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