Bud Bowlin

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Bud Bowlin

Bud Bowlin ran his own benefits agency for over 15 years and was regional manager at Rogers Benefit Group for over 20 years. Combined with time in the military and law enforcement, Bud has an expansive career of serving others. Having just celebrated his 72nd birthday, Bud is now focused on the Zenefits transition from being a digital broker to being a world-class provider of HCM SaaS software to companies. He has never felt younger.

healthcare perspective by bud bowlin

March 4, 2018

Can Business Create a Cure for Affordable Healthcare?

The US healthcare markets “sneezed” last month when Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett agreed to throw in together to try to make some sense of what it would take to change the upward spiral of healthcare costs and improve the health outcomes for their nearly 900,000 combined employees. And while this is a […]

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net neutrality

January 9, 2018

If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It! …Or What I Found Out About Net Neutrality

A plain language treatise on net neutrality from a non-technical viewpoint Full transparency, I work for a SaaS company. I have an economics degree and a graduate marketing/management degree, and little understanding of software technology, engineering, and many other related and complex fields of study. But when a colleague, in this case Zenefits co-founder and […]

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New Horizon for Insurance Brokers

December 20, 2017

At Zenefits: A 20th Century Broker Looks at the Brave New Broker World

As someone who has made their living selling health insurance for over 40 years, I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to observe what some might say are revolutionary changes in the health insurance industry. PPOs, HMOs, HSAs, FSAs, the ACA, and many other noteworthy advances, developments, and inventions all unfolded before these very eyes. I implemented […]

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October 12, 2017

The Next Chapter at Zenefits

For almost 40 years, I’ve worked in an industry reluctant to adopt technology or more efficient ways to complete arduous, repetitive tasks. I left retirement to be a part of the Zenefits revolution, hoping to contribute in some way to the need to simplify, speed up and automate insurance and employee record keeping. In San […]

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PEO Considerations

August 4, 2017

Some Straight Talk About the Whys and Why Nots of Utilizing a PEO

First off, to be totally transparent, I work for a company that competes with PEOs (Professional Employers Organization) on a daily basis. The purpose of this blog is to reflect and attenuate some of the responses I hear from clients who have either been using a PEO or are considering using a PEO. You may […]

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May 22, 2017

Zenefits Partners With Aetna to Offer Level Payment Self-Funded Plans

As healthcare expenses soar, employers are seeking ways to lower costs and simplify the delivery of medical benefits to their employees. Our topic today explains an avenue employers can take to explore lower health plan costs without accepting higher risks. Level payment self-funded plans are that avenue. We’re pleased to announce that our all-in-one digital […]

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disability family insurance

January 11, 2017

After health insurance, what’s the second most important fringe benefit to provide your employees?

As everyone will agree, health insurance in today’s world is a necessity. But, after health insurance, what follows for the next most important benefit?  Some would argue dental, others life and a variety of other must haves. In my opinion, from both an employee and employer perspective, disability Insurance is the one benefit that guarantees […]

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Best HR Management Software

January 6, 2017

HRA: A forgotten tool in reducing small business healthcare costs?

Every once in awhile I get a question from an employer about HRAs, or Health Reimbursement Arrangements. What are they? How do they work? Is this something I can use to reduce my healthcare costs? If you’re running a small business or strategizing how to keep healthcare costs in check, continue reading to discover how you […]

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PEO Considerations

December 12, 2016

2017 Healthcare Updates: What Can We Expect?

Regardless of your political affiliation, the new year promises to bring us a plethora of changes to the healthcare marketplace. Let’s take a look at some of those opportunities and join the speculation that is rampant in all forms of journalistic endeavor. First, let’s address the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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Ask Bud FSA Renew

December 2, 2016

All I Want for Christmas is my FSA account Renewed!

My friends, we are always kids at heart when we think about Christmas and all the wonders it beholds. Not the least of which are the gifts we imagine and think we can’t live without. For many employees, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is one of those gifts. With a FSA, employees are able to […]

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PEO Considerations

October 10, 2016

A Most Exciting Event: To Z2 and Beyond

Much of my career of over 35 years has been spent hoping someone would fix the time consuming, boring, info gathering and record keeping process associated with delivering insurance to my clients and their employees. One of the things that’s so exciting about working at Zenefits is that I’m able to see forward progress toward […]

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September 26, 2016

An Open Letter to the Six Million Small Business Owners in America

My primary purpose in sharing what I’m about to write is to offer some free unsolicited advice that should help you manage and run your small business more efficiently and profitably, but more than anything else give you back hours of your life spent on mundane, and not to mention boring, repetitive tasks. Like you, […]

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