Managing Benefit Plans Part 2

Managing Benefit Plans Part 2

This course is required to earn the following designations: GBA, CEBS 

With a grounding in overall benefits plan management principles and processes, this course drills into design, funding and administration considerations by plan type. It explores unique factors that influence options and decision making in life, STD, LTD, dental, EHC and EAP plans. GBA 2 also considers how flex design can be used to address diverse plan member benefits needs as well as plan sponsor cost and utilization challenges. Text-based reading is supported with tax guidance and industry-based practice guidelines.

Topics covered in GBA 2

  • Managing Death Benefits
  • Managing Short-Term Income Replacement Benefits
  • Managing Long-Term Disability Benefits
  • Managing Disability Plan Effectiveness
  • Leveraging the Tax Regime in Health and Dental Plan Management
  • Managing Extended Health Care Benefits
  • Managing Dental Benefits
  • Managing Employee/Member Assistance and Wellness Programs
  • Managing Flexible Benefit Plans

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Resources for GBA 2


Successful completion of comprehensive exam         



GBA 2 Study Guide, including online access to the guide and practice exam   



Group Benefits Plan Management,
2nd Edition
Ann O'Neill, editor, Advocis, 2015

(Note: This text is also used in GBA 1.)  

* Readings Updates 



Online Study Group With Instructor Support
12-week sessions in fall, spring and summer



Study Guide—Delivered in Print and Online!

The CEBS Study Guide is an essential component for mastering the CEBS material you will be tested on in the examination. Your Study Guide purchase is made through Books for Business and includes both a printed study guide and access to an online environment.

  • Learning Modules provide structured coverage and highlight key elements and critical takeaways of the Assigned Reading. The learning modules draw on readings from Textbooks and journal articles written by leading academics and expert practitioners.
  • Applications are designed to make you think about how what you are learning translates to the work world. Two types of applications are provided throughout the CEBS courses—Benefits in Action and Integrated Cases (Capstone Cases).
  • Practice exam, accessible in the online environment, provides immediate results indicating the areas that may need additional study, along with page reference sources and an explanation of correct responses.


A textbook and/or supplementary readings are required for each course, providing the theory and content of the topics covered in the study guide.

Online Study Group With Instructor Support

Need a little push to stay on track or the security of expert and peer support? Online study groups are for you. Guided study groups provide access to instructors, a structured time frame and peer interaction.

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