One thing that always bugs me about this time of year is that all of my favorite shows tend to be on a “winter hiatus,” airing repeats until late January or early February.

Here at EBN, we don’t believe in such a long winter’s nap; our BenefitsTV channel is rolling into the new year with four new episodes. Visit the BTV site to view:

* Cloudy with a slight chance of repeal. John Rother, AARP policy chief, forecasts the health care reform, touching on the potential for repeal under a Republican-led Congress and the fate of the employer mandate.

* Dealing with depression: Don’t look the other way. John Frederick, chief medical officer at PreferredOne, discusses strategies for handling depression in the workplace, a condition he calls the “silent nightmare” of the corporate environment.

* Costs high, awareness low: Reconciling the Rx disconnect. Tim Heady, CEO of UnitedHealth Pharmaceutical Solutions, talks about the two-pronged problem of high prescription drug costs and low consumer Rx awareness, and ways employers can help bridge the gap.

* Does wellness equal wealth? Connecting employee health with business health. Tom Parry, president of the Integrated Benefits Institute, connects the dots between employee health and business health.

And, just in case you missed it in 2010, be sure to check out A look at Republican health reform strategy in 2011, where the Galen Institute’s Grace-Marie Turner shares her perspective on how the 112th Congress can improve health care reform and set the stage for the 2012 elections.

As always, I welcome your comments on BenefitsTV and any suggestions you have for potential interview subjects that are ready for their close-up. Our cameras are ready to roll whenever you are!

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