Senior Rand Corp. economist wants to rethink tax-exempt status of employer-provided benefits; Horizon BCBSNJ fills new business development role;

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> While some benefits brokers may view Zenefits, the insurance benefits technology startup, as a continual threat to the employee benefits business, CEO Parker Conrad thinks his company's trajectory can be extremely positive for brokers who continue to fall victim to the increase of technology in the insurance industry, according to BenefitsPro. Article 

> Senior economist Christine Eibner at Rand Corp. believes that should the Supreme Court strike down federal subsidies in light of the King v. Burwell case, it may be time to reevaluate the tax-exempt status of employer-provided benefits to help offset the cost of lost subsidies, reported Employee Benefits News. Article

> Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announced today that William D. Georges, current vice president of marketing and product development, has been appointed to the new position of vice president of strategic business development. Georges joined the company in 2008 as vice president of investor relations. Announcement

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> Now that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has officially been indicted on 14 federal corruption charges, federal prosecutors will seek to establish a trail of "same-day services" that tie campaign donations or gifts made by Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, M.D., to favors carried out by Menendez, according to Bloomberg Politics. Article

> Equipment manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to pay the federal government $4.4 million to settle claims that it made false statements about the country of origin of its products, according to a statement by the Department of Justice. This agreement marks the company's third settlement of more than $1 million in the last two months and its fourth within the last year. Article

And finally … Mr. Burger and Ms. King, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Article