Taking Action Express: What’s New for 2018 Benefits; REGISTER: Nov. 16 Member Meeting; Call for Summit Sponsors…and Much More!

NOVEMBER 8, 2017

9 Benefit Trends to Watch in 2018

“Recent Star Tribune and Employee Benefit Adviser articles sync up with what we are hearing from participants in our Annual Employer Benefits Survey. Financial wellness, high-quality, affordable health care, and stress relief from things like caregiver responsibilities are huge concerns for employees. Employers are responding by offering unique solutions to improve work-life balance and overall well-being.”                            

Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO

Employee benefit offerings that fall largely under the financial well-being umbrella look to be in the daily forecast in 2018 and beyond, according to several industry leaders and practitioners, and outlined in the Employee Benefit Adviser article, 9 Benefit Trends to Watch in 2018.

  • Click here to view Executive Summaries of The Action Group’s Annual Employer Benefits Survey. Formal announcements about the 2018 Survey — for employers, by employers — will be made in January. Questions may be directed to Deb Krause (dkrause@mnhealthactiongroup.org).
  • Click here for a free employer toolkit from the Northeast Business Coalition on Health and AARP: “Caregivers in the Workplace.”

November Member Meeting: Cancer in the Workplace

Given the unique and complex issues that accompany dealing with cancer in the workplace, we will convene a panel of experts to share their perspectives, deepen understanding of the issue, and suggest actionable solutions for Minnesota employers at our November 16, 2017, member meeting. For the full meeting description and to RSVP, please click here.

Considering Action Group membership and want to learn more? Please join us at this meeting by contacting Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org) for a complimentary pass. For more information about Action Group membership, please click here.

Call for Employer Leadership Summit Sponsors!  

Sponsorship opportunities for The Action Group’s high-profile 11th Annual Employer Leadership Summit are now available!

Sponsors are encouraged to reserve their spot by December 15 — openings sell out quickly.

To view sponsorship levels and learn more about this unique and valuable event taking place on May 11, 2018, please click here.

Ensuring Fair, Accessible Care for People with Mental Illness

“It’s no secret that the needs of children and adults with mental illnesses are not being met. We, as a community, would not tolerate boarding in emergency rooms, discharges to the streets, or three-month waits to see a professional for any other illness — but we have tolerated this for mental illness for decades.”   
Sue Abderholden, NAMI Executive Director, Star Tribune editorial, October 24, 2017

Integrating behavioral health care with primary care, stopping the stigma, and advancing an agenda of inclusion, quality and accountability were among the topics discuss at The Action Group’s final Mental Health Learning Network (MHLN) meeting of the year on October 27.

“Members of the MHLN tell us they’re ready to take what we’ve discovered and turn it into action. Employers will be working to reduce stigma and more effectively provide benefits to their employees. Plans are also unfolding for a new multi-stakeholder Mental Health Guiding Coalition in 2018,” says Deb Krause, Action Group vice president. “Working together, employers can ensure high-value mental health care for employees, while leveraging their purchasing power to drive positive change on behalf of all Minnesotans.”

Details about The Action Group’s Mental Health Guiding Coalition will be available soon, and the December member meeting will highlight MHLN findings. To learn how the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions is “Moving the Mountain on Mental Health,” click here.

Hospitals Mark Up Medicine Prices Nearly 500 Percent

Hospitals are marking up medicine prices, on average, nearly 500 percent, according to a new analysis from the Moran Company, commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

This new research is one more reason The Action Group’s 5 Rights Framework is so valuable to employers. Offering a roadmap for the Right Drug, Right Price, Right Place, Right Support, and Right Data, this framework provides insights for each stakeholder to do their part in delivering on specific promises.”

Free Lunch! ADA Premier Networking and Learning Event


Human resources, benefits and wellness professionals are invited to an American Diabetes Association (ADA) Wellness Lives Here luncheon on December 11, 2017, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn about reducing the cost of diabetes in the workplace. (For a free American Diabetes Month communication toolkit, click here.)

To learn more and to reserve your spot click the register button:
Does your organization offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) as a covered benefit? One in three U.S. adults over age 18 have prediabetes and, without intervention, one-third will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. The Action Group is working with the Minnesota Department of Health to advance diabetes prevention statewide by encouraging employers to communicate with their employees about this important topic, and to offer access to the NDPP.

Member Only Meetings:
If you are not yet a member of The Action Group and would like to learn more about us, please 
contact us for a complimentary meeting pass! Membership information can be found here.
Public Meetings and Events:


“As open enrollment comes to many workplaces this fall, Minnesota employers are tweaking 2018 benefit offerings in hopes of competing in a tight labor market while also addressing the relentless rise in health insurance costs. They are stopping short of bigger changes…due in part to the political stalemate over the Affordable Care Act.”
Employers, Once Poised for Big Changes, Settle for Tweaked Benefit Packages, Star Tribune, October 29, 2017
“I think employers are very much in a wait-and-see mode, watching what will be coming from Washington.”
Deb Krause, Action Group Vice President 

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