Dollar General announces plans to make its stores a health care destination
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Back in July, you may remember Dollar General hiring its first chief medical officer and promised to add products such as cold and cough medication. Officials now say dental supplies will soon arrive on shelves, coupled with plans to become a health-care destination. Monday the company continued to follow through on those promises, after officials unveiled more details about the discount chain's plans to take on the $3.8 trillion healthcare industry. The company plans to make its stores a health care destination by offering telemedicine, prescription delivery and store pick-up destination.

Dollar General is the fast-growing discounter in the country, with more than 17,400 stores nationwide, including many in rural areas that don’t have access to grocers or major pharmacies nearby.

Hy-Vee is entering the Medicare health plan business with the launch of Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle.
Russell Redman SN (Supermarket News) / /  Read Article

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee said Monday that the Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle agency serves Medicare beneficiaries across its eight-state Midwestern market. Customers can choose from coverage plans such as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement Plans, offered via national and regional health insurers.

Those interested in obtaining coverage can go online to or contact Hy-Vee’s licensed insurance agents through a toll-free phone number (888-373-1122) to review plans and determine their best option, according to Hy-Vee. Plans call for Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle to add a digital quoting and enrollment tool on Oct. 1 to help customers in the enrollment process.

Current Medicare beneficiaries can start buying 2022 Medicare plans through Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle during Medicare’s annual enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. But Hy-Vee noted that people now becoming eligible for Medicare can begin shopping and enrolling into Medicare plans via Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle.


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New Unum vaccine verification product helps employers manage federal requirements
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In anticipation of recent federal vaccination and testing mandates, employee benefits leader Unum (NYSE:UNM) will soon launch the Unum Vaccine Verifier.

This new digital product will go beyond a software-only system and help companies:

Verify employee vaccination status - Providing a self-service portal for employees to report vaccination status and upload documentation.

Manage employee vaccine exemptions - Handling intake of all medical and non-medical exemption requests, sensitive documents.

Manage testing compliance - Managing test result documentation for employees who are not vaccinated, sending weekly reminders and employer notification.

If you're not super-rich, tax hike proposals likely won't impact your retirement investing
Michelle Singletary WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL / / Read Article

So much can change before any legislation is passed and signed into law. But for now, here are answers to questions you might have on how the proposals could affect your retirement planning.

The Biden administration’s proposed American Families Plan would increase the top marginal income-tax rate from 37% to 39.6% for those earning over $452,700 for single filers, $481,000 for head-of-household filers and $509,300 for joint filers, according to an analysis of the proposal from the Tax Foundation.

The plan would tax long-term capital gains as ordinary income for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of more than $1 million. This would result in a top marginal rate of 43.4% when including the new top marginal rate of 39.6% and the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax, according to the Tax Foundation.

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Survey Finds Majority of Employees Have Instant Access to Pay and Benefits Information
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Nearly 88 percent of employees have instant access to their pay and benefits information no matter where they are currently working, according to results from the 2021 "Getting Paid In America" survey conducted by the American Payroll Association (APA). This is an increase of four percent over last year's results.

"For today's workforce, self-service technology has become table-stakes," said Tom Hammond, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Product Management at Paychex. "Employees expect the technology they use to select and maintain benefits, report time worked, request time off and facilitate them getting paid to deliver the same streamlined, intuitive user experience as the technology they use in all other aspects of their daily lives."

Workplace technologies such as employee self-service portals empower employees to view their payroll and human resource information anywhere they have Internet access. This has been especially useful for employees who are continuing to work remotely due to the pandemic. Self-service portals provide multiple options for users to view their pay statements, enter time and attendance information, sign up for employee benefits, and monitor time-off at their convenience.

The Squeezed Middle: Millennial Managers Worse-off While Supporting a Burnt-out Workforce
New MetLife study finds heightened imperative for employers to better support their people managers and improve their well-being
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As U.S. employers reimagine the workplace due to the significant impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, managers – and particularly Millennial managers – have taken on the challenge of supporting employees’ well-being even when it diminishes their own.

“The pandemic has changed the way we work – from the way we do our jobs to how we interact with one another – and managers have been tasked with navigating this for their employees,” said Missy Plohr-Memming, senior vice president, Group Benefits, MetLife. “As the largest generation in the workforce today, Millennials – and particularly those in management roles – have a significant impact on their organization’s ability to succeed in the new normal.”

Spring Health Notches A $190 Million Series C At A $2 Billion Valuation, Making CEO April Koh The Youngest Woman To Run A Unicorn
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Convinced that there had to be a better way to match patients to the best treatments, Koh teamed up with Adam Chekroud, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale who in 2016 published peer-reviewed research on the ways that machine learning could help match patients to the best care providers for their needs. That same year, Koh and Chekroud founded Spring Health, a platform that would use “precision mental healthcare” to solve the very problem Koh and her best friend had faced.

Five years later, Koh (Spring’s CEO) and Chekroud (Spring’s president) have guided Spring to unicorn status: The company is announcing Thursday that it has secured a $190 million Series C round of funding at a $2 billion valuation. The round was led by health investor Kinnevik; insurer Guardian Life joined as a new investor, while existing investors—including Tiger Global, Rethink Impact and Work-Bench—also participated.

Between 2018 and 2020, Koh’s hypothesis that Spring would be an attractive employee benefit proved correct, with companies like Whole Foods, Equinox and the Gap signing on as clients. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic and the associated mental health epidemic turbocharged the business: In early 2020, Spring raised a $22 million Series A round of funding, which it followed with a $76 million Series B in November. And now, a $190 million Series C.

FSU College Of Business Ranks No. 1 For Dr. William T. Hold/the National Alliance Program In Risk Management And Insurance
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Florida State University College of Business undergraduate Risk Management/Insurance Program is ranked No. 1 in the country, by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2022 Guidebook," released Monday.

The college's Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance stands as the top-ranked program for its ability to prepare future insurance and risk management professionals in the areas of enterprise risk management; financial planning; employee benefits; life and health insurer operations and products; and property and casualty operations and products.

isolved Launches Predictive People Analytics for Companies of All Sizes and Sophistication
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At a time when so many businesses are struggling to find and retain good employees, only 57 percent of human resource (HR) leaders rate their company's employee experience as "good" according to a survey from isolved, a G2 Leader in Human Resources Management for eight consecutive quarters. One of the most common problems is that employers are often unable to analyze basic workforce metrics, let alone use their HR systems to predict what changes will have the biggest impact on business outcomes.

isolved Predictive People Analytics is the incorporation, seamless integration and enhancement of isolved's recent acquisition of TrenData HR into isolved People Cloud™. Available now, it delivers a range of configurable dashboards to managers. These dashboards provide analysis and forecasting of key workforce trends such as turnover and diversity, while also presenting a voice-activated assistant to deliver answers for a near-infinite number of HR-related questions, simply and easily using artificial intelligence (AI).

Colorado Springs venture firm adds $21 million for early startups
By Wayne Heilman / The Gazette  / / Read Article

A Colorado Springs venture capital firm has raised $21 million to fund Colorado startups at the earliest stages and get them ready for traditional venture investments.

FirstMile Ventures, headed by local entrepreneur Bill Miller and Denver-based partner Aaron Stachel, raised $14 million from individual and family investors and $7 million from the Colorado Venture Capital Authority. The fund is FirstMile's second after a $6 million fund raised in 2014 that made more than 30 "seed" round investments with about two-thirds of the money going to Colorado startups and a third outside the state.

Photo Of the Day

Monday, 09/13/21 - - Biden administration's opportunity to usher in healthcare price transparency

Tuesday, 09/14/21 - - Innovating employee health: Time to break the mold? - McKinsey

Wednesday, 09/15/21 - -
Delta Air Lines official says 4,000 unvaccinated employees got shots after surcharge announcement

Thursday, 09/16/21 - -  MTA Yanks $500K COVID Death Benefit From Unvaccinated Transit Workers

Friday, 09/17/21 - -
High-deductible health plans are killing us — financially and clinically

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