ISCEBSInternational Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists
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Many retirees struggled with or were unable to use the Web tools made available by the government and insurers," ISCEBS said in a report on the study.
About 20 carriers have entered the Medicare Part D market so far, in addition to those already offering Medicare Advantage private fee-for-service plans, which have been authorized since 1997, observes Wayne Wendling, director of research for ISCEBS.
This strategy simultaneously executes another industry goal: expanding and implementing the use of Internet applications is the greatest interest of benefits specialists, after health care, according to research by ISCEBS and Deloitte & Touche.
He has been on the governing council for the past three years and is a fellow of the ISCEBS.
The ISCEBS is a nonprofit educational association whose members have earned the CEBS, Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA), or Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) designations.
We see employees becoming even more concerned with retirement planning than in past years," explained Michael Joyce, CEBS, president of ISCEBS and Vice President/Senior Consultant with Marco Consulting Group.
For more information on the Society or CEBS visit the ISCEBS Web site at www.
We don't see employees widely concerned with rising health care costs yet," explained Debora Karstetter, CEBS, president of ISCEBS and executive vice president, ABD Insurance and Financial Services.
Results of this year's "Top Five Benefit Priorities for 1999" survey were announced this week at the 17th Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium in Seattle.