This is a required course for the GBA and CEBS designations.

This course will be revised for fall 2017. If you have already purchased study materials, you will need to complete your exam in 2017.

GBA courses and the new Health Care Reform Act
President Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act into law on March 30, 2010.  This Act along with its companion legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes sweeping changes to the nation's health care system.   

Following coverage of the various forms of life insurance benefits provided through the employment relationship, GBA 2 examines a wide variety of other welfare benefits including: dependent care and family leave benefits; work/life benefits—such as financial planning, adoption assistance, legal services, and education assistance; and vacation and other time-off benefits. Two assignments deal with the important topic of flexible benefit plans and flexible spending accounts, and the course then covers various functions associated with welfare plans such as administration, communication and taxation. One assignment is devoted to insuring and managing employee disabilities, and another to the timely topic of benefits technology and information management. The course concludes with assignments on health benefits for retirees and long-term care.

Study Materials

  • Learning Guide (second edition) -includes Practice Exam on CD (PC only), $195.00.
  • The Handbook of Employee Benefits: Health and Group Benefits, 7th edition, Jerry S. Rosenbloom, editor, McGraw-Hill, 2011, $135.00. ISBN 978-0-07-174598-7

See Course Corner for GBA 2 updates to selected assignments.

Note: The same text is used in GBA 1—Group Health Plan Design.

May meet CE Credit Requirements
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Assignment Topics

  1. Individual and Group Life Insurance Alternatives
  2. Disability Income Programs
  3. Time-Off Benefits and Leaves
  4. Dependent Care and Work-Life Benefits
  5. Flexible Benefits I
  6. Flexible Benefits II
  7. Plan Administration, Technology and Communication
  8. Taxation of Group Plan Benefits
  9. Workers’ Compensation
  10. Social Insurance Concepts
  11. Welfare Benefits for Retirees
  12. Long-Term Care