Maria Opdycke

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7 Best Low-Cost Benefits for Working Moms

Today, women comprise 47% of the U.S. workforce. In 2015, the U.S. Labor Department estimated that 70% of all mothers with children under 18 participated in the labor force, representing 34% of all working women. Over the past thirty years, the...

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Benefits Strategy & Insights from NFP Broker, Dave Lewis [Interview]

This month we had the opportunity to speak with benefits broker Dave Lewis.  Dave is a Director at NFP, the fifth-largest consulting firm for employee benefits in the United States.  He also has a unique perspective on the insurance industry after...

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What Does The Millennial Generation Want In Employee Benefits?

Last year, Millennials (adults aged 18 to 34 in 2016) officially became the largest generation in the U.S. workforce.  Study after study confirms that the tech savvy Millennial generation values high-quality telehealth options.  According to one...

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Why I Love Working For One of the Best Telemedicine Companies

When I meet someone new, the conversation frequently includes the question, "What do you do for a living?" Many people shrug, provide a vague answer, and change the subject.  Not me. My friends and colleagues know me as a generally enthusiastic...

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How Employers Can Reduce Stress For Working Parents

In recent years, the stress confronting employees has become a major concern for corporate leaders. When employers can reduce stress, their workforce is happier and healthier-- and this is especially true of working parents. Indeed, a Towers Watson...

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Dave Guttman Shares Telemedicine Insights on the Reconstructing Healthcare Podcast

First Stop Health President Dave Guttman was recently a guest on the podcast Reconstructing Healthcare - a show where they discuss what's wrong with healthcare and talk with innovative companies who are providing innovative services and solutions ...

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What NASCAR Can Teach Us About Navigating Employee Benefits [Interview]

Garrett Gardi is a Managing Advisor at Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners. An industry veteran of 16 years, Garrett likens the industry to a NASCAR race. “It's moving at lightning pace. You can't see what's coming around the corner but you better be...

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How Much Time Does A Doctor Visit Really Take?

I always think a doctor visit will be a quick, in-and-out trip: “If I make an appointment for 8:00 a.m., I could make it to my 9:00 meeting.” But the alarm goes off, I fly out the door, sign in early, and still––I face a 40-minute wait, paperwork,...

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How Employers Can Fight the Stigma of Taking Sick Days and Improve Employee Health

It always seems to happen: You have three big projects crossing over each other, a presentation, and barely enough time to get it all done in the work week. And then you feel a cold coming on. It’s not just the sniffles, or something you could push...

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