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January 8, 2021
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Open Enrollment in a Virtual World

The employer-sponsored health plan renewal process is one filled with challenges at virtually every turn, from price...
January 8, 2021
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If only we could turn back the calendar 60 days to a near-record stock market, strong economy, and with our...

 

April 8, 2021
Basics Of HDHP Michigan Group Insurance Brokerage Firm

The Basics of HDHPs

Enrolling in your employer’s company-sponsored, high deductible health plan (HDHP) means lower premiums and the...
April 8, 2021
Understanding Patient Privacy And HIPAA Michigan Group Insurance Brokerage Firm

Understanding Patient Privacy and HIPAA

The trust that you place in your health care provider is critical to receiving high-quality care. However, with the...
April 8, 2021
Using The Emergency Room Wisely Michigan Group Insurance Brokerage Firm

Using the Emergency Room Wisely

More than 10% of all emergency room (ER) visits could have been better dealt with in either an urgent care facility...
March 26, 2021
Covid 19 Vaccine Distribution Miplanners

Distribution Notification: COVID-19 Vaccines

We have been receiving inquiries about how employees and their dependents can obtain a COVID-19 vaccination...
March 2, 2021
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How to Train Remote Employees

Your new hires need to feel supported throughout the training process. That way, they'll feel confident in their...
March 2, 2021
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How to Improve Your Mental Health While Working From Home

Working from home may seem like a dream come true. But many employees struggle with loneliness, isolation, and...
March 2, 2021
Individual Medical And Medicare Advantage In Michigan

Michigan Planners Now Offers Individual Medical and Medicare Advantage

For more information about these new services, please call 800-674-9235. We are happy to help...
February 5, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines Michigan Planners

COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Should Know

Doses of the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered Dec. 14, 2020, kicking off a massive effort during 2021...
February 5, 2021
ACA Reporting Michigan Planners

How Does ACA Reporting Affect My Business?

ACA stands for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. President Barack Obama signed the act into law...
February 5, 2021
Open Enrollment Michigan Planners

Common Pain Points During Open Enrollment

There's no question that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the workforce as we know it. As a result, it's become...
January 8, 2021
Types Of Disability Insurance

What are the Different Types of Disability Insurance?

Shopping for disability insurance? As a group insurance brokerage company, we understand that disability can be...
January 8, 2021
How To Design An Employee Benefits Program

How to Design an Employee Benefits Program

Designing an employee benefits program can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be! Our insurance brokers would...
December 21, 2020
What Benefits Do Employees Want The Most

What Benefits Do Employees Want the Most?

Looking to hire new talent? A competitive benefits package will help you attract qualified candidates. According...
December 21, 2020
Should You Offer Employee Group Benefits

Should You Offer Employee Group Benefits?

Does your company have a high turnover rate? Are you losing talent to your competitors? If so, it may be time...
December 1, 2020
Virtual Insurance Brokers

We’re Virtual! Here’s How Our Insurance Brokers Are Serving You

As insurance brokers, it’s our job to help clients prepare for the unexpected. But no one could have anticipated...
December 1, 2020
Types Of Employee Benefits

10 Most Common Types of Employee Benefits

Aren’t sure what types of employee benefits to offer your team? As a group insurance brokerage firm, we completely...
November 9, 2020
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IRS Temporarily Relaxes Section 125 Rules

Notice 2020-29 allows employers to adopt one or more changes to existing cafeteria plans for the 2020 plan year...
July 22, 2020
Introducing Alex Benefits Helper Mi Planners

Introducing Alex

ALEX transforms benefits from something you offer into something that delivers results for your business...
April 30, 2020
Michigan Planners Company Insurance Meal Mile Program

Michigan Planners Meal A Mile Program

Michigan Planners Meal A Mile Program! For every mile, our Michigan Planners employees walk we will donate...
April 5, 2020
Michigan Planners Insurance Slow Spread

30 Days To Slow The Spread

Listen to and follow the directions of your state and authorities. Do you part to slow the spread of Coronavirus...
March 29, 2020
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COVID-19 We Are Here To Help!

It is no surprise that you are facing a number of concerns related to business continuity, employer relations...
March 29, 2020
Michigan Planners Employee Benefits 15 Day Slow Spread

15 Days To Slow The Spread

Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities. Do your part to slow the spread of coronavirus...
March 24, 2020
Michigan Planners Coverage Virtual Roundtable

Virtual HR Roundtable- COVID-19

There’s a good chance your Inbox has been flooded with information about the COVID-19 pandemic...
March 12, 2020
Covid19 Help Miplanners Business Insurance

COVID-19 Insurance Update

With continually evolving news surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we wanted to bring you up to date...
March 4, 2020
Michigan Auto Reform Miplanners Insurance

Michigan Auto No-Fault Insurance Reform

July 1st is the effective date for the eagerly awaited revamped auto insurance law that was signed by Governor...
February 27, 2020
Coronavirus Resources Miplanners Insurance

Coronavirus Resources

Chinese official figures released 2/24 showed there had been 409 new cases of the novel Coronavirus and...
February 14, 2020
New Chapter Employee Insurance

Ready To Write A New Chapter

Mi Planners Insurance Ready New ChapterMichigan Planners would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to...
January 21, 2020
Healthcare Facts Myths Miplanners Insurance

Healthcare Facts, Myths, And The Everchanging Landscape…

Recently a client of ours was approached by a competing broker who came up with, what they believed...
January 13, 2020
Mi Planners Join Team Insurance

Looking For Extraordinary People To Join Our Team

Michigan Planners is one of Michigan’s premier and most unique insurance agencies, specializing in...
November 11, 2019
National Diabetes Month Mi Planners Insurance

National Diabetes Month

More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or prediabetes, and each year more than 1.5 million will...
October 2, 2019
Stay Well Fall Mi Planners Business Benefits

Stay Well This Fall

Fall is here, which means cooler temps, shorter days, & flu season! Here are tips to stay happy and healthy...
September 30, 2019
Create Healthy Work Environment Mi Planners Insurance

Create A Culture Of Wellness

You have probably heard of wellness or worksite wellness programs. But what exactly is wellness, what are...
February 4, 2019
Traverse City Location Mi Planners

Northern MI: Unstoppable!

We have experienced unbelievable growth since opening doors in Traverse City nearly five years ago. Later ...
February 4, 2019
East Lansing Location Mi Planners Insurance

Well Hello, East Lansing

Our goal is to maintain excellent customer service via personal touch no matter where throughout the state...
January 15, 2019
Miplanners Educational Series

2019 Michigan Planners Educational Series

Check out this year’s Educational Series being presented at various Michigan Planners’ locations. Please contact Laura...
December 5, 2018
Open Enrollment Employee Insurance

Don’t Ignore This Years Open Enrollment Period, Review Your Plan

A lot of people hear the words “open enrollment” and their eyes gloss over. It’s not the most exciting way to spend...
November 15, 2018
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Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes

It’s National Diabetes Month. This year’s theme is promoting health after Gestational Diabetes If you’ve had gestational...
October 31, 2018
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Michigan Planners Best and Brightest In Wellness!

Given the razor-thin labor pool and long-term positive economic and employment forecasts, the battle for quality talent will...
October 5, 2018
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Best And Brightest 2018

Michigan Planners Best and Brightest In Wellness!

Congratulations!!! Michigan Planners was named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest In Wellness® winners! Looking...
September 25, 2018
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Best And Brightest Award

Michigan Planners Wins Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Company to Work For

Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Symposium and Awards Gala was a success! Learn More...
August 27, 2018
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Precious Angels

Precious Angels Visit Michigan Planners

On 8/17, we hosted 30 students, ages 4-12, from the local Precious Angels Christian Academy for an office tour and present...
July 18, 2018
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Not Practicing What I Preach…And it Cost Me $5,000!

For those who have followed my articles, I spend a great deal of time talking about aligning employers and employees with...
July 3, 2018
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No HR department? Understand Your Options

The payroll and benefits mode of operation within the auto dealership segment has predominately been likened...
June 26, 2018
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Summer

Summer is Here…Now is the Time!

Spring has officially ended, bringing forth time for outside fun with family and friends, as well as an upcoming celebration...
June 21, 2018
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Team

MPI Expands its Talent and Resources to Provide Exceptional Service Within the Banking Community!

A familiar face to the banking community, Kathy Richardson has joined the Michigan Planners Banking division...
June 12, 2018
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Welcome to the Michigan Planners Family

At no surprise to financial stakeholders, the banking industry will continue to experience disruption, as the...
March 8, 2018
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Healthcare Game Changers

The Transformed Arena

At no surprise to financial stakeholders, the banking industry will continue to experience disruption, as the...
February 27, 2018
Insurance Brokers In Michigan New Years Resolution

New Year…New You, Right?

It’s hard to believe we are almost at February’s halfway mark. Who is still going strong with their resolutions...
October 23, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Hmo Vs Ppo

HMO or PPO?

In today’s health care landscape, many employers have moved to a dual product offering, which consists of both HMO and PPO...
October 17, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Health Care Reform

Health Care Executive Order

Last Thursday on October 12, 2017, President Trump no longer sat on the sidelines to wait and see the fate of health care...
October 12, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Health Care Decisions

Are You in Good Hands?

In today’s world, we have access to more data than we know what to do with. Have you leveraged this information to make...
September 18, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Enrollment

You Have 6 Weeks…

It’s hard to believe that with 80+ degree weather in the air that we are just a few weeks away from the start of the 4th quarter in 2017...
September 13, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Hurricane Irma

Let’s Come Together…

As I began to write this morning, my mind kept shifting back to the recent devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma...
August 30, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Open Enrollment

‘Tis the Season for Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is a big undertaking for companies, regardless of size, industry, or location. Viewed as an...
August 29, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan Labor Day

A Brief History Lesson…

This week we pay tribute to the upcoming national holiday, Labor Day. As we enjoy our time off next Monday, I wanted to...
August 22, 2017
Insurance Brokers In Michigan E3 Seminar

Traverse City E3 Seminar

This year’s Blue Cross Blue Shield E3 series was a hit! Educate. Engage. Enroll. #bcbsm Learn more from MI Planners...
August 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse Michigan Insurance Brokers

Are You Blinded By the Light Today?

As the country attempts to view the solar eclipse, we can be sure of a few things. Keep reading to learn more!...
August 7, 2017
Save Money Insurance Brokers Michigan

Gym Memberships, Cell Phones, and Groceries…Let’s Start Saving Some Money

What do I mean? I am talking about reaping some of the many financial benefits that come with insurance cards these days...
August 4, 2017
Real Men Wear Pink Insurance Brokers Michigan

Real Men Wear Pink of Metro Detroit

Our very own Vice President of Client Strategy, Matthew Cole, is one of 25 elite men selected to raise money for the Real...
August 2, 2017
Toastmaster International Insurance Brokers Michigan

Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Gold Recognition

This recognition is the highest award within the Toastmasters International Communication program!...
July 31, 2017
Healthcare Information Insurance Brokers Michigan

Back to the Drawing Board…

Back when the House narrowly passed a Healthcare Bill set to repeal and replace the ACA, or otherwise known as...
July 27, 2017
Summer Intern Insurance Brokers Michigan

Michigan Planners Summer Intern

Working at Michigan Planners...Is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Let’s find out. Meet Jonathon DiLorenzo...
July 25, 2017
Online Enrollment Insurance Brokers Michigan

Voluntary Products via an Online Enrollment Platform

From my experience, the adoption of voluntary programs falls into three categories: People hate them. People love...
July 20, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Maxwell Webinar

Maxwell Health Webinar

Thank you for attending the Maxwell Health Webinar! Michigan Planners is here to support you! Learn more here...
July 19, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Online Enrollment

Advantages of Online Enrollment Systems

Sources state that consumers spend up to five hours per day on their phones – and we believe it! Walk into any restaurant...
July 17, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Prescription Drugs

Drugs Where Do We Begin?

Pharmacy spend continues to be a hot topic for employer groups as they attempt to flatten the cost trends, but specialty...
July 12, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Help For You

Health Insurance: Programs Aren’t That Complicated…or are They?

Some people cringe at the sound of screeching. Others, at the sight of blood. Some, at the thought of health insurance...
July 12, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Cherry Festival

National Cherry Festival 2017

Michigan Planners was proud to be a part sponsor of the 7th Annual Carter’s Kids Festival fun run. Special shout outs to our...
July 10, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Best

All Brokers Are Not Created Equally Part 4

A few weeks ago we talked about the importance of stop-loss as it relates to self-funded groups and the lack of attention this product often receives...
July 10, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Best

All Brokers Are Not Created Equally Part 3

This week we continue our focus on reporting and plan strategy by honing in on self-funded customers. Customers who...
June 30, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Programs Are Not Easy

Health Insurance: Programs aren’t That Complicated…or are They?

Some people cringe at the sound of screeching. Others, at the sight of blood. Some, at the thought of health insurance...
June 20, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Best

All Brokers Are Not Created Equally Part 2

Last week we spoke about the importance of compliance support offered to groups by agents and how this can vary...
June 13, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Best

All Brokers Are Not Created Equally Part 1

Today we begin a series of conversations discussing how to understand and assess if your broker partner is...
June 12, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Life Insurance Basics

Life Insurance Basics

While most people agree that life insurance is a necessary purchase, selecting a policy is something that they’ll “get around to...
June 7, 2017
Insurance Brokers Michigan Mens Health Month

We Welcome Summer…and Men’s Health Awareness Month!

As we welcome the summer breeze and sunshine (if we are lucky here in the Midwest), we also welcome another less known event...
June 1, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Adopt A Road

Adopt-A-Road

ALEX transforms benefits from something you offer into something that delivers results for your business...
May 23, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Using Life Insurance As A Tool Not Just Protection In Case You Pass

Using Life Insurance as a tool Not just protection in case you pass

Struggling to save for retirement? Are you worried about college expenses for your children? What do these questions have to do...
May 16, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Managing Your Medications Including Your Spend

Managing Your Medications Including your spend

Commercials for the latest and greatest prescription drugs flood our TV sets 24 /7.  While the ads do a decent...
May 9, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Trumpcare Here To Stay Or Going Away

Trumpcare Here to stay? Or going away?

Last week the news outlets flooded us with coverage showing the House passing a bill that will repeal and replace...
May 3, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Should I Self Insure My Medical And Pharmacy Plan

Should I self-insure my Medical and Pharmacy plan?

As employers look to bend health care trend, consultants are often asked by decision makers, “Should we move...
May 3, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Just What The Doctor Ordered Is No Longer The Case

‘Just What the Doctor Ordered’ is No Longer the Case

Gone are the days when you can take a piece of paper to the local pharmacy and obtain “just what the doctor ordered.”  We...
April 25, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Making Sense Of The Process. Were Ready Now What

Making Sense of the Process. We’re ready. Now what?

For most school districts, quoting out health insurance is not a hard decision. Unfortunately, consistent rate hikes are the driving force...
April 25, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Messa Matter Errr Does It Really

MESSA Matters…errr, does it really?

MESSA Matters…errr, does it really?  Schools districts throughout the state of Michigan are preparing their...
January 16, 2017
Michigan Insurance Brokers Live Well Work Well

LIVE WELL WORK WELL

Historically, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Unfortunately, many people look to fad diets..
October 13, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers Plan Now For Changes To Overtime Rules

Plan Now for Changes to Overtime Rules

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a rule that would change overtime wage payment for American workers...
October 4, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers Open Enrollment Trumps Christmas This Shouldnt Be The Case

Open enrollment trumps Christmas – This shouldn’t be the case

Do you relinquish Christmas shopping for open enrollment processing?  Relinquish no more!  Read the below...
October 4, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers Hiring Great People And Reducing Turnover

Hiring Great People and Reducing Turnover

The formula seems pretty cut and dry, doesn’t it? Good benefits + decent pay = a lifelong employee....
July 11, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers Using Technology To Make Educated Healthcare Decisions

Using Technology to Make Educated Healthcare Decisions

The stress over medical costs and quality treatment is all too familiar for employees and their families. This reality has led...
May 25, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers Building Great Teams Are You Creating The Next Dream Team

Building Great Teams: Are you creating the next dream team?

Nobody shows up for work saying, “I hope I don’t make a contribution today.” Yet, when you examine most company...
April 11, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers 5 Ways To Help Employees Understand Employer Sponsored Benefits

5 Ways to Help Employees Understand Employer Sponsored Benefits

The transformation of healthcare within the past 10 years has impacted the way organizations have unveiled healthcare....
March 23, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers What Makes Your Michigan City Memorable

What makes YOUR Michigan City Memorable?

If you, or a member of your staff, will be attending the upcoming MML Capital Conference Annual Expo on March 23rd...
March 16, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers It Takes Two Baby

It takes two, baby!

We live in a world where we can literally reach 1,000 people, with an impactful message, in just about 30 minutes via...
February 28, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers Lifes Too Short Think Again

‘Life’s Too Short?’ Think Again

As of the date of writing this article, the Guinness World Records has the oldest living person surviving to be...
February 12, 2016
Michigan Insurance Brokers 10 Easy Ways To Stretch Your Health Care Dollars

10 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Health Care Dollars

You’ve no doubt noticed that each year, your health care costs go up. This continuing trend can significantly impact your budget...
September 30, 2015
Aca Reporting Michigan Insurance Brokers

8 Facts and Figures You May Not Know About the ACA

Originally, the intention of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to give more Americans access to quality, affordable...
September 30, 2015
Michigan Insurance Brokers Eenie Meenie Miney Moe

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe

Eenie, meenie, miney, moe may be a great way to select what type of ice cream you want for dessert or who is in charge of doing...
September 30, 2015
Michigan Insurance Brokers Built For Today’s Financial Professionals And Mid Sized Corporations

Built for Today’s Financial Professionals and Mid-Sized Corporations

Real-time payroll processing that allows you to input data, make changes, run reports and submit payroll from wherever...
September 30, 2015
Michigan Insurance Brokers Has Hell Frozen Over

Has Hell Frozen Over?

We’re not your normal insurance brokerage. We actually listen to what’s really a challenge for you and your business...
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