Sept. 12, 2014
By Dan Johnson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing

JohnKeenanJohn Keenan, a longtime friend and supporter of Trustmark Voluntary Benefits Solutions, lost his battle with cancer and heart disease on Sept. 3. I had the pleasure of knowing John for many years and in multiple capacities. He was a great leader of the company he founded, a firm believer in the business of insurance, a mentor and a true friend. Most of all, John was a kind and caring man.

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Sept. 5, 2014
By RAE Egleston, Second Vice President, National Sales

payslipGiven the state of the economy and with all the changes put in place by healthcare reform, employers are constantly looking for ways to cut healthcare costs and run their businesses more efficiently. And rightly so.

Employers use voluntary benefits to help with cost-containment in a number of ways. First, they can expand benefits packages at no additional cost to the employer. Even better, employees want these benefits and can be more productive and loyal just by having them.

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August 28, 2014
By Dan Johnson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing

retirement Coin box pink pig and handLast month the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System released their report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. Though a large number of people are doing well, there is still a significant portion of the U.S. population facing economic difficulties. A quarter of respondents described themselves as “just getting by” and 13 percent said they were “struggling”. While there are a number of factors that determine a person’s financial well-being, it’s important for us to take note of the roles that healthcare and insurance can play.

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Aug. 22, 2014

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Dan after completing the Boston Marathon.

Meet Dan Kraft, Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions’ new Vice President of Product and Innovation. Though he’s only been with us for a little over a month, we’re excited to have him on board and Dan has enjoyed working with our team to (as he puts it), “create cool new products that help our customers if the unexpected happens in their life”.

Dan, or “Chaddis” as he has inexplicably been nicknamed by his three daughters, is an avid runner having completed 10 marathons – including the Boston Marathon… TWICE! Needless to say, he’ll be the first to tell you he couldn’t live without his running shoes. Continue reading

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Aug. 12, 2014
By RAE Egleston, Second Vice President, National Sales

78782793As a result of healthcare reform, more and more private exchanges have been established in the insurance market. It’s an increasingly popular platform that provides a new and unique way to offer group or individual benefits. And, while private exchanges certainly provide value, it’s also important that brokers and employers go in with eyes wide open as to some of the challenges they may face. A deeper dive into the benefits and risks of a private exchange will help put things in perspective.

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July 31, 2014
By Dan Johnson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing

122424121There was a recent article published by Benefitspro that discussed how “thousands of 401(k)s fail nondiscrimination testing” and that nearly $800 million in contributions were returned to employees in 2012 alone. The article surprised me at first, but then I thought of the challenges surrounding educating, engaging and getting employees to take action on benefit plans in general and it started to make more sense.

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