TouchPoints: The Empyrean Blog

Energize Your Annual Enrollment: Five Tips to Engage, Educate, and Enable Your Employees for a Better Benefit Experience

September 28th, 2017

Annual enrollment (AE) is approaching fast. For all the time and effort HR teams dedicate to this yearly event, however, many employees remain disinterested or anxious when it comes to shopping for their benefits. How can you and your team ensure a successful annual enrollment?

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Empyrean Ranked as a Top Houston-Area Software Developer for the Second Year in a Row

September 22nd, 2017

The Houston Business Journal has named Empyrean as one of Houston’s largest business-to-business software developers for the second year in a row.

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Health Savings Accounts: Combining HSAs and Technology to Drive Greater Value to Your HDHP

September 21st, 2017

In response to rising pressures, many employers are turning to high deductible health plans (HDHPs) to meet the needs of both their businesses and employees. Combined with an health savings account (HSA), an HDHP can prove to be a mutually beneficial option for both businesses and workers, but your success is dependent on how these options are strategically approached and supported.

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High Performance Networks: Leveraging Benefits Administration Technology to Support ACOs and Narrow Network Plans

September 13th, 2017


HR leaders make it their mission to protect and provide for employees, most notably through the benefits they offer. Competitive coverage is not just critical for recruitment and retention purposes; it also has tremendous effects on the well-being and security of employees and their families. As health insurance premiums rise, however, the cost of this coverage continues to have a huge impact on employees’ wallets and companies’ bottom lines.

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Empyrean Named to the Inc. 5000 List for the 5th Year in a Row

August 17th, 2017

Empyrean was named to the Inc. 5000 list for the fifth year in a row. Fewer than a tenth of Inc. 5000 honorees achieve five years on the list – We’re proud of our growth over the course of our ten year history.

To make the list, companies must meet certain revenue requirements and be independent, privately held, for-profit, and U.S. based.

We are thrilled to be on the list again, and happy to be in good company with 184 other Houston-based companies. Houston Business Journal provided a nice synopsis of the Houston-area and Texas-based accomplishments of the Inc. 5000 list.

For more information, visit Inc. 5000 at

Empyrean Ranked as One of Houston’s Fastest Growing Companies for the Second Year in a Row

July 20th, 2017

The Houston Business Journal has honored Empyrean as one of Houston’s fastest growing companies for the second year in a row.

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2017 Employee Benefit Trends Report

June 26th, 2017

Results from this year’s Empyrean Annual Enrollment survey indicates HR leaders’ growing interest in consumer-driven plans, as well as the need to maintain strategic control to adapt to rapid business changes.

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Empyrean’s Rich Wolfe Wins an Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award

May 30th, 2017

Empyrean CEO and Co-Founder Rich Wolfe has been named one of the year’s top rated CEOs by

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Exposing the Top 5 Myths about Outsourcing Benefits Administration

May 25th, 2017

More and more employers are exploring automated solutions to address the increasingly complex challenges of administering their employee health and welfare benefits programs. Today, 6 in 10 employers feel overwhelmed by the increasing complexity of their benefits program management.1 However, some HR teams hesitate outsourcing these functions due to five common myths and misconceptions.

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Outsourcing Benefits Administration: Are You Ready?

May 22nd, 2017

Whether outsourcing your benefits administration for the first time or making the switch to a new vendor, it’s important to consider your current and future responsibilities and goals alongside your internal capabilities. Which route best aligns with your benefit needs and challenges?

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Empyrean Benefit Solutions Celebrates Strong Growth to Kick Off 2017

Empyrean Benefit Solutions Celebrates Strong Growth to Kick Off 2017

May 10th, 2017

Today Empyrean announced a record start in 2017 revenue, continuing the company’s strong progress from the end of 2016. Record new client additions, high customer retention, and the successful entry into the small/mid-size business (SMB) market confirm the benefits administration technology and services firm is meeting and exceeding employers’ increasingly complex demands for smarter, more innovative solutions.

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House Republicans Narrowly Pass Obamacare Repeal Bill

House Republicans Narrowly Pass Obamacare Repeal Bill

May 5th, 2017

After a failed attempt back in March, a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has passed in the House. The bill now moves on to seek Senate approval, where more changes are likely headed its way.

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Empyrean CEO and Co-Founder Rich Wolfe Named a 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

May 4th, 2017

For the third year in a row, Rich Wolfe has received this prestigious recognition for his vision and determination in leading Empyrean to year-over-year success.

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

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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