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SHRM Releases 20-Year Recap of Employee Benefits Industry

At this year’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in D.C., the group released a 20-year recap of employee benefits. The study spoke to 3,490 HR professionals and reviewed over 300 benefits. Read more.

How Data Science Can Help Employers Build Better Benefit Plans

Is your data management system overdue for an overhaul? Benefit plan sponsors don’t need to feel stuck with old systems requiring hours of manual data entry, according to Marc Rind, chief data scientist for ADP. Read more.

FDA Eases Paperwork to Help Some Patients Get Experimental Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration removed an obstacle from of its “compassionate use” policy this month, eliminating some paperwork that physicians must do to obtain experimental drugs for some patients with immediately life-threatening illnesses. Doctors will now file an application for FDA approval that contains just 11 questions, 15 fewer than the old form. Read more.

Employer Student Loan Repayment Programs Poised To Grow: PSCA

A new study by the Plan Sponsor Council of America on how student loan debt impacts participants’ retirement savings rates shows that only 1.4 percent of plan sponsors offer student loan repayment programs. Recently, several large sponsors made news in announcing the new benefit offering. Read more.

Zooming In On Millennials

Zoom, which serves patients in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Washington, is trying to buck the traditional health care system by offering what it bills as convenient, affordable care in a hip and user-friendly environment. The retail clinics, painted a vibrant turquoise, are stylish and simple. The prices are posted on the walls. Read more.

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