Announcing New Avatars   By utilizing artificial intelligence as an engagement platform, Hodges-Mace has been able to provide clients with a personalized communication experience through our avatar, Ben. Employees have come to know Ben, and rely on Ben during enrollment to provide them with the information, direction, and assistance they may need in over 30 languages. While [...]

9 Eye-Opening Facts about Benefits and Employee Retention

Employee Retention If those two words caught your attention, then I’m sure you are currently facing or have faced the challenges and cost of employee turnover. Don’t be alarmed or feel alone in this issue, as it is challenging companies of all sizes and industries. The question now is, what can you do to minimize [...]

5 Tips to Keep Your Employees Engaged It’s startling to look at the statistics surrounding employee engagement. According to Gallup, only 33 percent of US employees are engaged in their work, and this percentage has barely increased over the last five years. This low level of employee engagement has company leaders looking for strategies to increase workforce engagement. Why Is Employee [...]

Announcing New Storyboards in SmartBen! An exciting announcement for all of our SmartBen clients - newly enhanced storyboards! Our Plans and Policies section within SmartBen Essentials has always been a game changer for clients. In addition to including all valuable benefits information, our storyboards have been a great way to deliver educational content to employees. By giving brief [...]

Benefits Administration Outsourcing – When to Outsource

Should my company outsource benefits administration? It’s a legitimate question to ask when considering ways to streamline your business operations. Human Resources departments are often considered overhead, so outsourcing one or more responsibilities in this area can open up that highly valuable department and improve ROI. Outsourcing Benefits – A Definition Before considering whether or [...]

Are You Ready to Execute the ACA?

Co-authored by Jenny Riley The U.S. Senate tried their best to kill it. At first it was repeal and replace the ACA (or “Obamacare” if you prefer). Next came repeal, followed closely by “skinny repeal” (whatever that means). Despite their efforts, the Senate failed to execute the ACA. With the ACA still alive, where does [...]

[Podcast] 306: Expanding Your Operational View

As a follow up from last year's podcast, our CFO Ron Shah returned as a featured guest on the CFO Thought Leader podcast with Jack Sweeney to reflect back on the last year as it relates to efforts made in advancing finance deeper into the operational side of Hodges-Mace. Ron discusses taking a more operational approach into [...]

A Narrow Vote Passed, But the Effect Still Unknown

By Jenny Riley and Bill Winter, Hodges-Mace The American Health Care Act (AHCA) just passed in the House of Representatives with a narrow vote of 217 to 213. The AHCA was introduced for a vote in the House on March 24th, but was ultimately pulled from consideration before a vote took place. After much debate, [...]

The ACA Remains Intact: What Now?

As most of America likely knows by now, the ACA continues to be the healthcare law-of-the-land. The American Health Care Act (phase one of the Republicans’ repeal and replace objective) was initially scheduled for voting on March 23, 2017 – which also happens to be the 7-year anniversary of the passage of the ACA. The [...]

5 Things You Should Know About Life After ACA

Repeal, Repair, Replace – or Relax? There are a lot of questions swirling about the future of PPACA and its impacts on employers and individuals. Will it be repealed? Will it be entirely replaced? Will it just be repaired? When can I just relax? There are five things for employers to keep in mind as [...]