TouchPoints: The Empyrean Blog

Traditional Benefit Offering, Private Exchange, or Hybrid Strategy: Which is Right for Your Workforce?

April 10th, 2017

Today HR can utilize a traditional benefits administration offering, marketplace or private exchange, or – with the support of a modern technology platform – implement both simultaneously to execute a hybrid strategy. But each organization faces unique challenges, meaning no strategy is a one-size-fits-all. To determine the right fit, employers must carefully consider strategic and technological options alongside their current and future needs – and also determine their employees’ needs as benefit consumers.

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Empyrean CEO Rich Wolfe Wins EBN’s Technology Innovator Award

April 5th, 2017

Employee Benefit News has named Empyrean CEO and Co-Founder Rich Wolfe one of the top 21 innovators shaping the benefits technology landscape today.

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Republicans Withdraw Their Repeal Bill and the ACA Lives On

ACA Update: Republicans Withdraw Their Repeal Bill and the ACA Lives On (For Now)

March 27th, 2017

On Friday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew their proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement bill, entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill faced staunch opposition from both Democratic leaders and hard-line conservatives. This failure was a significant one for the new Trump administration, which made repealing and replacing Obamacare one of its central campaign promises. Now, what’s next for the ACA?

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Service Philosophy: Five Things to Consider for Benefits Administration Success

March 13th, 2017

There are many factors to consider when evaluating a prospective benefits administration platform. While the technology powering your solution is a critical component, it is not the sole indicator of future success. Given the complex and ever-evolving nature of employee benefits, even the most robust tools require knowledgeable service and support to realize optimal efficiency.

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Update: Republicans Reveal Plan to Replace Obamacare

March 8th, 2017

On Monday, House Republicans shared their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the long-awaited bill must tackle tough challenges and doubt on both sides of the aisle in order to become law.

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Five Important Factors to Evaluate During a Benefits Administration Technology Demo

March 6th, 2017

Seeing a potential platform in action is an important part of any technology decision. However, there are several elements that are difficult to judge during a demo – but can end up having the biggest impact on your solution’s overall success.

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12 Traits to Look for in a Successful Benefits Administration Technology Partner

February 24th, 2017

Whether you’re looking for a new benefits administration partner, or considering outsourcing for the first time, it’s crucial to understand what sets successful solutions apart. With the right knowledge, you can avoid common compromises and reduce your risk of poor choice and project failure.

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ACA Update: How to Prepare for Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Healthcare Reform Changes in 2017 and Beyond

February 15th, 2017

The ACA will inevitably change under the Trump administration – but how will this affect employers? As President Trump and Congress unravel the complex healthcare law, timelines and plans for a replacement continue to shift and evolve. With upcoming ACA deadlines and the threat of penalties still looming, this regulatory uncertainty has left many employers wondering what’s next.

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Empyrean Receives Owler’s Hot in Houston 2016 Award

December 15th, 2016 has named Empyrean one of Houston’s hottest companies, based on the service’s 2016 data.

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Empyrean Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies and the 4th Largest Software Developer in the Houston Area

September 30th, 2016

Our consistent and rapid growth has again been recognized by the Houston Business Journal. Empyrean has earned a place on the publication’s recent Fast Tech 25 list, and ranked 4th on its list of Largest B2B Software & App Developers.

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Empyrean Recognized for Strong Year-Over-Year Company Growth by HBJ’s Fast 100 List

September 13th, 2016

Empyrean has been named as the one of the fastest-growing private companies in the greater Houston metropolitan area by the Houston Business Journal!

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Empyrean Founders Named in EBA’s List of “10 Benefit IT Power Players”

August 10th, 2016

Congratulations to Empyrean Co-founder and CEO Rich Wolfe, and Co-founder and Chairman Dave Carlson – both named in Employee Benefit Adviser’s latest list of the top technology executives to watch!

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ACA Compliance: Key Takeaways from the 2015 Tax Year Experience to Prep You for 2016

July 20th, 2016

While the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting year is behind us, compliance challenges continue. Now employers face massive potential penalties with less margin for error, and still must wait for IRS final guidance and instructions for the second year of reporting. Stay proactive and prepped with these takeaways from the 2015 ACA experience.

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Empyrean and Bloom Health: Leading the Evolution of Benefits Technology

July 5th, 2016

Rich Wolfe, CEO Empyrean Benefit Solutions

Today we’re announcing big news: Bloom Health has officially joined the Empyrean family. Together, we’re moving towards a unified one-platform approach to bring the best benefits technology and services to employers and their employees.

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Scaling Up in Tennessee

May 20th, 2016

We believe great technology should be scalable. It should just work, regardless of your company’s size or plan complexity. Great technology also needs great people supporting it. So as our client base grows, we will continue to scale up with equally strong customer support.

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Benefits Administration Optimization: Are your gears aligned for operational, technological, and cultural success?

May 3rd, 2016

HR is under more pressure than ever to do more – and deliver more – with fewer personnel, time, and financial resources. This daily grind may cause compromises which may threaten your ability to execute your strategy and daily work – and are wholly unnecessary.

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Does your Benefits Administration data make things easier or harder?

April 5th, 2016

Ted Sanft, Chief Technology Officer

For many Human Resources (HR) department leaders, the ability to process and resolve the dozens, if not hundreds, of issues that arise daily stems from being able to get, use, and disseminate accurate and timely information.

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The only thing guaranteed for 2016 reporting is – Change!

March 1st, 2016

By Karen Bailey, Compliance Officer Empyrean Benefit Solutions

As we look to the year ahead in meeting ACA compliance with Pay or Play and the reporting requirements that support it, we fully anticipate changes on the horizon. Prior guidance reflects that some transition relief will be sunsetted. The IRS, per its usual course of business, is expected to issue clarification and perhaps even introduce new items related to the reporting.

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Key issues when considering a private exchange strategy

February 2nd, 2016

By Rich Wolfe, CEO Empyrean Benefit Solutions

As the market for private exchanges in delivering health and welfare benefits has grown over the past few years, more employers than ever are considering if they should implement their own private exchange. If you’re one of those employers, I want to share some thoughts that hopefully will help you in your evaluation.

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5 Myths about Outsourcing Benefits Administration

August 14th, 2015

By Empyrean Client Advocate

Employers who may be exploring automated solutions for administering their employee benefits often let 5 common myths or misconceptions get in the way of their decision-making process:

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