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GBA 2 – Directing Benefits Programs Part 2

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GBA 2 highlights the impact of managing and directing employee benefit plans in realizing strategic organizational milestones. The course’s primary focus is on structuring, administering, and enhancing health-related benefit programs to achieve a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent in a constantly changing labor marketplace. The course begins with a comprehensive overview of the U.S. health care system, looking at various market segments and how they impact pricing and offerings in other sectors. GBA 2 then delves into selected advanced topics to deliver value in health plan design. The course examines rating and premium setting, controlling risk, and designing quality and cost-effective provider networks. The course integrates actuarial and funding issues with program design and compliance. Additionally, the course acquaints the learner with an understanding of other needs-relevant group benefits, such as disability income programs, long-term care, and life insurance protections. GBA 2 uses mini-cases and an integrated, course-wide case study to achieve its learning objectives of developing an appreciation for designing benefits programs within a highly volatile and rapidly evolving market economy.

Course Details

GBA 2 - Directing Benefits Programs Part 2

Your purchase includes on-demand access to the digital study guide and practice exam.

Course Level
Average Completion Time
14-15 Weeks
  • Changing Dynamics of U.S. Health Care System
  • Rating and Premium Setting
  • Controlling Risk Factors
  • Designing Cost-Effective Health Provider Networks
  • Participant Response to Health Plan Pricing
  • Initiatives in Health Care Quality Improvement
  • Self-Funding by Small Employers
  • Private Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Patient-Centered Medical Homes
  • Disability Income Programs
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Life Insurance Concepts and Policy Options

Required Course Materials

To successfully complete the course, you must purchase and pass the exam. Other optional but recommended purchases include the textbook, printed study guide and online study group with instructor support. To place your order, please visit the International Foundation of Employee Plans website at

When ready, purchase your course exam from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans at