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Tune in for thought-provoking conversations with smart, creative thinkers in the fields of benefits, economics, government, demography and more. This show is brought to you by the American Benefits Council, a Washington D.C. trade association that advocates for employers, connecting public policy and private-sector solutions to shape employee benefits for the evolving global workforce.

Latest Episodes

Episode 32: It’s a Big World After All - Going Global with Mark Azzarello, International Paper

In this episode, host Jason Hammersla talks to Mark Azzarello, vice president, global compensation & benefits, for the International Paper Company. In this wide-ranging conversation, Azzarello describes the objectives of the Global Benefits Committee and the upshot of the group’s October 2019 meeting. He also describes International Paper’s distinctive approach to employee benefits policy including global governance, employee financial wellness and electronic disclosure.

49 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 32: It’s a Big World After All - Going Global with Mark Azzarello, International Paper

Episode 31: All Debts, Public and Private - Helping Employers Help Employees Pay Down Student Loans

One of the biggest barriers to savings is student loan debt, which now exceeds 1.5 trillion in the U.S., while tuition rises 8% year over year. In an effort to help their employees, more companies are now seeing value in helping to allay this burden. In this episode, Debt Free Tax Free spokesperson Tara Fung speaks to host Jason Hammersla about how student debt is different than other kinds of debt, why student loan repayment programs are a good investment.

37 MINOCT 9
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Episode 31: All Debts, Public and Private - Helping Employers Help Employees Pay Down Student Loans

Episode 30: Talking Benefits with Families USA’s Executive Director, Frederick Isasi

We talk all the time about employee benefits for the evolving global workforce, but the truth is that benefits are important for more than just workers. For example, many covered lives are those of the spouses and children of workers with job-based health insurance.

38 MINAUG 12
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Episode 30: Talking Benefits with Families USA’s Executive Director, Frederick Isasi

The Compensation of ‘Independents’: Designing Portable Benefits with the Aspen Institute’s Shelly Steward

Shelly Steward, research manager for Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, talks to host Jason Hammersla about the independent workforce – a potent mixture of temp workers, contingent workers, “gig” workers and others – and argues why large employers should entertain and embrace the notion of portable benefits.

43 MINJUL 18
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The Compensation of ‘Independents’: Designing Portable Benefits with the Aspen Institute’s Shelly Steward

Episode 28: The People Have Spoken - What Do 2018 Election and Polling Results Mean for Employee Benefits?

As a result of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats will assume control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019. And while Republicans still control the White House and the Senate, this one change has the potential to derail the whole legislative process, like when one bulb goes out in a string of Christmas lights. So what does that mean for the rest of 2018 and the next two years? That’s a good question for James A. Klein, Council president and political prognosticator-in-chief. In this special podcast episode, Jim speaks with host and loyal underling Jason Hammersla about the waning days of Congress’ Lame Duck session, how much gridlock we can expect on health and retirement policy and what to make of the election day polling results commissioned by the Council. Happy Holidays!

41 MIN2018 DEC 13
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Episode 28: The People Have Spoken - What Do 2018 Election and Polling Results Mean for Employee Benefits?

Episode 27: Cover Me, I’m Going In - Talking Workplace Health Insurance with AHIP’s Adam Beck

On the cusp of the 2018 midterm elections, health care remains a major issue for American voters. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 71 percent say that health care policy is “very important” in their decision about how to cast their vote and a plurality – 30 percent – say that health care is the most important issue in the midterm elections. Since more than half of all Americans, 181 million people plus, are covered by health insurance through an employer, policies affecting workplace coverage are of paramount importance. Enter America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association whose members provide coverage for health care and related services. They recently launched a campaign, Coverage@Work, which provides resources to educate policymakers and the public about employer-provided coverage. In this episode, Adam Beck, AHIP’s vice president, employer health policy & initiatives, talks to host Jason Hammersla about workplace coverage from the perspective ...

44 MIN2018 NOV 1
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Episode 27: Cover Me, I’m Going In - Talking Workplace Health Insurance with AHIP’s Adam Beck

Episode 26: Where Do We Go From Here? Talking Retirement Policy with Mike Barry

Retirement policy is supposed to be a bastion of stability and security, but the history of that policy is characterized by constant change: changing demographics, workforce patterns, plan designs and political priorities – to say nothing of rising financial markets and falling interest rates. The resulting story has unfolded like a drama with an uncertain ending. Author, attorney and benefits professional Mike Barry has written a new book, Retirement Savings Policy: Past, Present and Future, telling that tale and speculating on how the story might continue. He joins host Jason Hammersla to talk about the fundamental risks of retirement savings, the trouble with tax incentives, exit ramps for employers and how The Office helps explain our idea of the workplace.

65 MIN2018 OCT 10
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Episode 26: Where Do We Go From Here? Talking Retirement Policy with Mike Barry

Episode 25: Scenes from a Webinar: How Employers are Combating the Opioid Epidemic

On average in the United States, 115 people die each day from an opioid overdose. As this epidemic has touched workers, employers have sought to address it through innovative plandesign and outreach. Meanwhile, Congress is poised to enact legislation designed to stem the tide of opioid abuse and addiction. Earlier this year, the American Benefits Council, in partnership with the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), hosted a webinar in which we discussed the efforts and challenges for employers working to make a difference in this area. In this week’s edition of the American Benefits Podcast, we share the audio from that webinar, which is normally provided for Council members only. The webinar featured moderatorsKathryn Wilber, American Benefits Council senior counsel, health policy, andCheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO, as well as guest speakersDr. William Lopez, senior medical director-behavioral health at Cigna Healthcare, [12:42] talking about insurer initiatives to impr...

72 MIN2018 SEP 27
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Episode 25: Scenes from a Webinar: How Employers are Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Episode 24: "Father of the 401(k)" on the Promise and Problems of Today's Retirement System

The defined contribution retirement savings plan is now the preeminent savings vehicle for working Americans. DOL data tells us that two-thirds of all full-time civilian workers have access to a defined contribution plan at work, and 72 percent of those individuals participate in the plan, adding up to nearly 100 million participants nationwide. It accounts for, conservatively, more than $10 trillion in retirement assets. The most common and well-known type of defined contribution arrangement is the 401(k) plan, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. But just because a guy happens to be the putative “father of the 401(k),” that doesn’t mean he’s averse to issuing a little constructive criticism. R. Theodore “Ted” Benna, is a consultant, an innovator and an author, and in his new book,401(k), 40 years later– and this episode of the American Benefits Podcast – he talks candidly about the promise and the problems with today’s retirement system.

41 MIN2018 SEP 4
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Episode 24: "Father of the 401(k)" on the Promise and Problems of Today's Retirement System

Episode 23: In Conversation with Jim Firman, National Council on Aging

Over more than two decades as president and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people aged 60 and over, James Firman has sought to lead the conversation on on benefits access and economic security for older adults. In this episode, he speaks with host Jason Hammersla about pervasive misconceptions about aging, the evolving role employers can play preparing workers for retirement and the enduring search for “purpose.”

44 MIN2018 JUL 11
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Episode 23: In Conversation with Jim Firman, National Council on Aging

Latest Episodes

Episode 32: It’s a Big World After All - Going Global with Mark Azzarello, International Paper

In this episode, host Jason Hammersla talks to Mark Azzarello, vice president, global compensation & benefits, for the International Paper Company. In this wide-ranging conversation, Azzarello describes the objectives of the Global Benefits Committee and the upshot of the group’s October 2019 meeting. He also describes International Paper’s distinctive approach to employee benefits policy including global governance, employee financial wellness and electronic disclosure.

49 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 32: It’s a Big World After All - Going Global with Mark Azzarello, International Paper

Episode 31: All Debts, Public and Private - Helping Employers Help Employees Pay Down Student Loans

One of the biggest barriers to savings is student loan debt, which now exceeds 1.5 trillion in the U.S., while tuition rises 8% year over year. In an effort to help their employees, more companies are now seeing value in helping to allay this burden. In this episode, Debt Free Tax Free spokesperson Tara Fung speaks to host Jason Hammersla about how student debt is different than other kinds of debt, why student loan repayment programs are a good investment.

37 MINOCT 9
Comments
Episode 31: All Debts, Public and Private - Helping Employers Help Employees Pay Down Student Loans

Episode 30: Talking Benefits with Families USA’s Executive Director, Frederick Isasi

We talk all the time about employee benefits for the evolving global workforce, but the truth is that benefits are important for more than just workers. For example, many covered lives are those of the spouses and children of workers with job-based health insurance.

38 MINAUG 12
Comments
Episode 30: Talking Benefits with Families USA’s Executive Director, Frederick Isasi

The Compensation of ‘Independents’: Designing Portable Benefits with the Aspen Institute’s Shelly Steward

Shelly Steward, research manager for Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, talks to host Jason Hammersla about the independent workforce – a potent mixture of temp workers, contingent workers, “gig” workers and others – and argues why large employers should entertain and embrace the notion of portable benefits.

43 MINJUL 18
Comments
The Compensation of ‘Independents’: Designing Portable Benefits with the Aspen Institute’s Shelly Steward

Episode 28: The People Have Spoken - What Do 2018 Election and Polling Results Mean for Employee Benefits?

As a result of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats will assume control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019. And while Republicans still control the White House and the Senate, this one change has the potential to derail the whole legislative process, like when one bulb goes out in a string of Christmas lights. So what does that mean for the rest of 2018 and the next two years? That’s a good question for James A. Klein, Council president and political prognosticator-in-chief. In this special podcast episode, Jim speaks with host and loyal underling Jason Hammersla about the waning days of Congress’ Lame Duck session, how much gridlock we can expect on health and retirement policy and what to make of the election day polling results commissioned by the Council. Happy Holidays!

41 MIN2018 DEC 13
Comments
Episode 28: The People Have Spoken - What Do 2018 Election and Polling Results Mean for Employee Benefits?

Episode 27: Cover Me, I’m Going In - Talking Workplace Health Insurance with AHIP’s Adam Beck

On the cusp of the 2018 midterm elections, health care remains a major issue for American voters. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 71 percent say that health care policy is “very important” in their decision about how to cast their vote and a plurality – 30 percent – say that health care is the most important issue in the midterm elections. Since more than half of all Americans, 181 million people plus, are covered by health insurance through an employer, policies affecting workplace coverage are of paramount importance. Enter America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association whose members provide coverage for health care and related services. They recently launched a campaign, Coverage@Work, which provides resources to educate policymakers and the public about employer-provided coverage. In this episode, Adam Beck, AHIP’s vice president, employer health policy & initiatives, talks to host Jason Hammersla about workplace coverage from the perspective ...

44 MIN2018 NOV 1
Comments
Episode 27: Cover Me, I’m Going In - Talking Workplace Health Insurance with AHIP’s Adam Beck

Episode 26: Where Do We Go From Here? Talking Retirement Policy with Mike Barry

Retirement policy is supposed to be a bastion of stability and security, but the history of that policy is characterized by constant change: changing demographics, workforce patterns, plan designs and political priorities – to say nothing of rising financial markets and falling interest rates. The resulting story has unfolded like a drama with an uncertain ending. Author, attorney and benefits professional Mike Barry has written a new book, Retirement Savings Policy: Past, Present and Future, telling that tale and speculating on how the story might continue. He joins host Jason Hammersla to talk about the fundamental risks of retirement savings, the trouble with tax incentives, exit ramps for employers and how The Office helps explain our idea of the workplace.

65 MIN2018 OCT 10
Comments
Episode 26: Where Do We Go From Here? Talking Retirement Policy with Mike Barry

Episode 25: Scenes from a Webinar: How Employers are Combating the Opioid Epidemic

On average in the United States, 115 people die each day from an opioid overdose. As this epidemic has touched workers, employers have sought to address it through innovative plandesign and outreach. Meanwhile, Congress is poised to enact legislation designed to stem the tide of opioid abuse and addiction. Earlier this year, the American Benefits Council, in partnership with the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), hosted a webinar in which we discussed the efforts and challenges for employers working to make a difference in this area. In this week’s edition of the American Benefits Podcast, we share the audio from that webinar, which is normally provided for Council members only. The webinar featured moderatorsKathryn Wilber, American Benefits Council senior counsel, health policy, andCheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO, as well as guest speakersDr. William Lopez, senior medical director-behavioral health at Cigna Healthcare, [12:42] talking about insurer initiatives to impr...

72 MIN2018 SEP 27
Comments
Episode 25: Scenes from a Webinar: How Employers are Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Episode 24: "Father of the 401(k)" on the Promise and Problems of Today's Retirement System

The defined contribution retirement savings plan is now the preeminent savings vehicle for working Americans. DOL data tells us that two-thirds of all full-time civilian workers have access to a defined contribution plan at work, and 72 percent of those individuals participate in the plan, adding up to nearly 100 million participants nationwide. It accounts for, conservatively, more than $10 trillion in retirement assets. The most common and well-known type of defined contribution arrangement is the 401(k) plan, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. But just because a guy happens to be the putative “father of the 401(k),” that doesn’t mean he’s averse to issuing a little constructive criticism. R. Theodore “Ted” Benna, is a consultant, an innovator and an author, and in his new book,401(k), 40 years later– and this episode of the American Benefits Podcast – he talks candidly about the promise and the problems with today’s retirement system.

41 MIN2018 SEP 4
Comments
Episode 24: "Father of the 401(k)" on the Promise and Problems of Today's Retirement System

Episode 23: In Conversation with Jim Firman, National Council on Aging

Over more than two decades as president and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people aged 60 and over, James Firman has sought to lead the conversation on on benefits access and economic security for older adults. In this episode, he speaks with host Jason Hammersla about pervasive misconceptions about aging, the evolving role employers can play preparing workers for retirement and the enduring search for “purpose.”

44 MIN2018 JUL 11
Comments
Episode 23: In Conversation with Jim Firman, National Council on Aging
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