MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | October 2020 Edition

The coronavirus pandemic has encouraged us to find a ‘new normal.’ It is possible that there are too many changes to find a consistent new normal. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and has been for a long time, but now there is a debate; what is the appropriate age to start the physical awareness, what should be the standard? Of course, add the big pandemic wrinkle…even if you wanted to get examined, no matter the age, could you? Will you? This month’s MBriefs newsletter provides insight into creating this new normal as we move forward, especially with open enrollment for many of you.

Check out our Side Affects episode, learning from one of our bigger clients, with multiple locations, how they communicate with their workforce virtually. We also recommend taking advantage of the On-Demand Library available on our website to view some of the learning centers you may have missed online.

The Real Stuff You Need to Know

Some Say That Sooner Saves Lives

Hey ladies, there is a debate about what the best age is to start breast cancer screening. According to some, the sooner, the better isn’t necessarily the best path. However, according to our “girls,” if they are invaded by a cancerous lump, no matter the size, the sooner it is removed, the better. Click and read about completed studies that shed light on this debate. Since October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, it reminds us to follow some essential tips. Your family history plays a big part in your risk, with that and your self-exams, these two factors may help you decide which side of the debate you fall.

Enter the Vicious Circle of Health Care During a Pandemic

Since mid-March, this scenario is shared too often. You are sick, and you want to go to the doctor, but you want to avoid the risk of COVID-19. So, you don’t go. Your symptoms worsen. Now, it has becoming critical, and around and around you go. Who’s to blame? Is it the fear of the pandemic, or is it the government, the hospitals and providers following governor’s rulings? The statistics show that 1 out of 5 people fail to receive medical attention for conditions that require it. As patients’ conditions worsen, the fear of the pandemic wins. If there is anything that MB has taught you, it’s that telehealth is convenient, inexpensive and during a pandemic, it is essential. Listen or read this story presented by NPR describing the troubles of this vicious circle.

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

Medical Insurance is not easy to understand, and if you have more than one employer-provided plan to choose from, it multiplies the confusion. Which benefit is best for you? There are so many factors in the decision process. Do you have a family? Do you go to the doctor often? Are there plans for surgery this year? This fun and useful video will help you discover the key differences of the HDHP and PPO plans, and how to calculate each component to determine the best benefit for your health needs.

Side Affects: Our Podcast to Provoke You to Think Differently

Join Side Affects Producer Kenzie Fell and MB Director of Strategy and Innovation, David Homan with their guest, HR manager, Mary Howbert from G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers. They discuss how to tackle the curve-balls of conducting a business's HR side, especially open enrollment, during this pandemic. Kenzie, Dave, and Mary share how with numerous locations, Open Enrollment is an imperative time to engage all employees with a consistent message. Listen and learn more!

Events You Should Probably Plan to Attend

Our 2020 Learning Center sessions have come to an end! Traditionally, our Learning Centers are held in-person at one of our four locations. We love seeing our customers faces! Our MB teams enjoy greeting our partners and friends and showing off the latest additions in our offices.

In March, COVID-19 threw us a curve-ball. We were forced to turn our beloved in-person presentations to a completely virtual experience! We have learned a lot over the past few months and are excited to see how we can evolve this digital presentation experience. Thank you for joining us for an incredible 2020 season!

WE LOVE FEEDBACK. What kind of presentations and presenters would you like to see next year?! Let us know in the survey below and we can do our best to include them in the 2021 lineup.

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

May You Feel the Force Be with You

In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker had his hand severed off with a lightsaber, but practically in the next scene, he had an electronic hand snapped on and ready for battle once again. Our present-day prosthetics aren’t quite to that level, but Luke did inspire Singapore scientists to invent an artificial skin that can sense texture, temperatures, and resistance faster than an uncompromised human nerve system. Read more or watch the ‘touching’ video of what our future holds. Like Star Wars, this love story may have a happy ending as two people hold hands, and they can feel the warmth. Stay tuned.

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McGohan Brabender