This article is the second in EBN's annual Open Enrollment Boot Camp series, designed to strengthen benefits practitioners with different strategies to employ during this year's enrollment season. Last month, the series examined strategies for employers to use in increasing employee engagement and participation in retirement plans and financial planning. The article, "Breaking down the wall," is available at This installment addresses the voluntary benefit options available to employers seeking to integrate financial education, legal services and physical wellness programs.

For employers, whose health care costs are rising at about 10% each year, it may be time to re-evaluate not just their wellness programs and medical plan design, but also voluntary benefits like financial counseling and legal services as well.

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