Jennifer Benz

About the Author

Jennifer Benz is Chief Strategist and Founder of Benz Communications, a San Francisco-based consultancy that focuses on custom, comprehensive benefits and HR communications services. Jen is an active member of the Council for Communication Management, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Northern California Human Resources Association and Women in Consulting. Contact her at

What to Tell Employees About Health Care Reform: Tips For Enrollment

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Last of three parts What’s left to say during enrollment if you told your employees everything else about the Affordable Care Act (see part 1 and part 2 of this series here) over the summer? Plenty! Enrollment shouldn’t be the first time employees hear about health care reform — if you plan for that,…

What to Tell Employees About Health Care Reform: Must-Do’s This Summer

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Second of three parts Yes, you need to get your health care reform communication out this summer. That will get you ahead of the consumer marketing and state-led exchange education. Plus, it will give you time to tell your employees what is important in small bits — not all at once. This is…

What to Tell Employees About Health Care Reform: Where You Should Start

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First of three parts  It has been more than three years since we first told you what to tell employees about health care reform. We’ve gone on a roller-coaster ride since then, but the Affordable Care Act is moving full-steam ahead and 2014 is a big year for benefits. We’ve said from the…

Finally – Labor Dept. Sets Deadline to Tell Employees About State Exchanges

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The U.S. Department of Labor just cleared up a piece of the ambiguity lurking in your health care reform communication strategy! You may remember that the DOL delayed the original deadline to send employees notification of the state exchanges. Well, the timing is now set: By October 1, 2013, you must tell all…

A Health Care Media Onslaught Is Coming, But Will You Be Ready For It?

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Have you noticed an uptick in stories on health care? The ugly “U.S.-pays-way-more-than-any-other-country-for-health-care” graphics we used to see only in boardrooms are making it into the newspapers. And the “health-care-is-still-broken” stories and the “don’t-get-left-behind Obamacare-101″ pieces keep coming. The surge of information in the mass media is only just beginning. The state exchanges…

3 Ways to Help Employees With Their Physical and Financial Wellness

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Your workplace wellness campaign may be missing a huge opportunity. And it’s all because of how you define the word “wellness.” Or rather, how you don’t define it. Employers use “wellness” in their communication as their go-to term for physical health. There’s nothing wrong with that. But for your employees and their families,…

4 Ways to Make Your Benefits Communications Plans Successful

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You may remember from our Inside Benefits Communication Survey that only 22 percent of employers reported that they currently document their communications strategy. It’s a crucial step in connecting benefits communication with overall benefits program and business goals. No matter what direction you intend to take your benefits this year, you must start…

3 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be THE Year for Benefits Communications

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Benefits communication rarely gets the credit — or attention, or budget, or planning — it deserves. Despite well-documented empirical evidence of its impact and big-name thought leaders advocating for more meaningful investment in communication, it usually gets the short end of the stick. I’ve spent my career fighting for better budgets, more time…

Did Your Open Enrollment Results Match Your Health Care Strategy?

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Now that open enrollment is over, it’s time to look at its results. Your results will be key in helping you shape your strategy for the coming year. Take a look, in particular, at how your enrollment results line up with your overall health care reform strategy. Here are four ways you can…

3 Reasons to Keep Communicating AFTER Open Enrollment Ends


During annual open enrollment, your employees are reading and hearing a lot about the importance of using their medical plans, participating in wellness programs, and staying ahead of illness. And then open enrollment ends. Cue the chirping crickets. Whether it’s fatigue, or just habit, too many employers stop communicating once enrollment is over….