How to Re-Evaluate Your Benefits Elections When Welcoming a New Baby

If you’re preparing to add a new member to your family, congratulations! You’re in for years of laughter and love with your new son or daughter. You’re also in for some worry about his or her health and safety — and one of the best ways to alleviate those concerns is with smart employee benefits choices. Adding someone to your family is often seen as a “qualifying life event,” which is the term used to define events that may require changes to your health coverage and other benefits. Employees who have qualifying events are allowed to make changes to their coverage choices without having to wait for their employer’s open enrollment period. Making sure your child has health insurance and your family’s financial security is protected will take some of the worries away. So how can you do that? Re-examine your benefits now. Add Your New Son or Daughter to …

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Prepping For Baby: The Essentials You Need

Baby season is upon us! The most births occur in the Spring and Summer each year, so as you begin to get ready for your baby to come home, there are a few essential items that you’ll want to make sure you have. Many of these items are great additions to your registry as baby shower gifts. The more you plan ahead, the more relaxed and ready you’ll be when you bring your baby home. Crib (it should meet crib safety standards): Sheets (3-4 sets). Flannel sheets are nice in the wintertime. Noise machine. There should be no loose toys that can strangle the baby or pillows/soft bedding that can suffocate the baby. Do not install loose or fluffy bumper pads. Make sure everything in the crib is age-appropriate. Changing Table Supplies: Diapers — plenty of them (8-10 per day). Baby wipes — unscented, alcohol free (don’t get too many because some babies …

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