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Member Benefits Launches Private Health Insurance Exchange to Assist Members of the Washington State Bar Association

Jacksonville, FL – Member Benefits, a national leader in association benefits and private health exchanges, announced that it has been selected as the provider of a private health insurance exchange for members of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).

Member Benefits, a national leader in association member benefits and private health exchanges, announced that it has been selected as the exclusive administrator a private health insurance exchange for members of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). The offering is a unique online marketplace that offers customized benefit plans for individual WSBA members and group health options for law firm groups of all sizes. With a full line of health insurance plans and other benefits, the exchange also provides an integrated and efficient shopping experience that utilizes decision support technology to help members choose the plans that best suits their needs.

The Washington State Bar Association joins several other state bar associations such as the State Bar of Texas, The Florida Bar, State Bar of Georgia, and The Missouri Bar currently taking advantage of leading association health insurance platform offered by Member Benefits.

“With healthcare on the minds of many of our members, the Washington State Bar Association is proud to partner with Member Benefits to offer an insurance exchange,” said Bill Pickett, president of the WSBA. “We’re delighted to offer an option that fits the needs of solo and small firm practitioners, as well as law firms alike.”

Initial offerings being introduced to WSBA members include:

  • Group Health Insurance (fully insured, self, and level-funded options)
  • Individual Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance

Products and services are available to WSBA members, their spouses, eligible dependents, and employees through Member Benefits proprietary insurance marketplace exchange technology.

The new WSBA Private Health Insurance Exchange marketplace helps address a clear need by members – assistance in finding affordable insurance for themselves, their families and their staffs. WSBA members may now access the information and services provided. 2019 ACA individual health insurance plans and rates will be ready to view when the open enrollment period begins on November 1, 2018.

“We find that when we launch new exchanges, the members are often pleased with the service model behind the exchange. Members find that there is much more that the exchange offers than just products. Our team of in-house Benefits Counselors have extensive experience working with lawyer’s insurance needs and provide an enhanced customer experience to the member” said Chip Trefry, President of Member Benefits. “As participation in the program grows, our goal is to have the numbers that allow us to add an exclusive group option such as an Association Health Plan (AHP) to include on the exchange” Trefry added.

About Member Benefits

Member Benefits is a technology-driven insurance brokerage and third-party administrator that focuses on benefit programs and insurance exchanges for associations and member-based organizations. Member Benefits specializes in the design, marketing, and administration of programs for employer groups, associations, affinity groups and franchises. Member Benefits operates in most states with locations in Jacksonville, FL and Austin, TX. For more information, visit www.memberbenefits.com/.

About the Washington State Bar Association

The Washington State Bar Association operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state’s nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals. In furtherance of its obligation to protect and serve the public, the WSBA both regulates lawyers and other legal professionals and serves its members as a professional association – all without public funding. The WSBA’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

Chip Trefry Member Benefits 2017 Inc. 5000 award

Member Benefits Ranks on the Inc. 5000 For Third Consecutive Year

JACKSONVILLE, August 21, 2017Inc. magazine has ranked Member Benefits, NO. 2007 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished, but this is just the beginning. With such a tenacious team and unique business model, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Member Benefits,” said Chip Trefry Jr., Owner and CEO of Member Benefits.

A mere one in five companies featured on the list have made an appearance three times, and Member Benefits is excited to be one of them. According to Inc., Member Benefits has experienced a three-year growth of 186.87% according to Inc.

You can find the Member Benefits profile at www.inc.com/profile/member-benefits.

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UPDATE 6/13/2017: 

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According to Kansas City Business Journal, “As of March 31st, Centene served about 1.2 million exchange members, up about 500,00 from the previous year.” Centene Corp. is also expected to expand its six current markets in Washington, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, and Texas signaling the potential for even more growth in 2018.

In a statement, Neidorff said, “Centene recognizes there is uncertainty of new healthcare legislation, but we are well positioned to continue providing accessible, high quality and culturally sensitive healthcare services to our members” according to an article on Reuters.

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Did you know that approximately 500,000 fewer Americans enrolled in a plan during the open enrollment in 2017 than in 2016? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued the final market stabilization rule. The goal is to increase choices, lower premiums and encourage stability in health insurance markets for 2018.

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Letter From Member Benefits’ CEO Regarding Health Insurance Delays During Open Enrollment

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Dear Client,

I want to assure you that all of us at Member Benefits completely understand your concern regarding the complications and delays that are occurring in regards to your application for health insurance. I feel privileged that you have chosen Member Benefits to help you with such an important decision to choose and apply for your health coverage.

These are unprecedented times for health insurance carriers. The following will help you understand why all of the carriers are overwhelmed to various degrees:

  • Over 27,000,000 people have newly applied or changed their plans for insurance since 11/01/15.
  • One of our leading carriers informed us that they received more than 10,000 applications on 12/15/15, the deadline date to apply for a 1/1/16 effective date.
  • Several carriers dropped some of their most popular plans for 2016, causing a panic amongst insureds to secure similar coverage with other carriers.
  • Regardless of the reasons, insurance companies underwriting, billing, and issuance systems are overwhelmed with the volume and are not able to deliver approvals, policy documents, and identification cards in a reasonable manner.
  • One carrier is predicting that policies may take as long as March to be issued with a 1/1/16 effective date.
  • Some carriers are asking us to inform insureds that they might need to pay their claims “out of pocket” and request reimbursement once the policy is issued.
  • Although the carriers greatly increased their staff to handle the volume, some carriers stated that they were expecting a 40% increase in customer service needs and actually received an increase of up to 500%.

It is important to me that you know our staff is working tirelessly and is in constant contact with the carriers to expedite the processing of our clients’ applications.

Again, we are all empathetic with your very justifiable concerns. In addition, we are certain that we will be able to satisfy your needs and ultimately deliver to you the product you applied for.

Earl C. “Chip” Trefry, Jr. CLU
President/CEO

 

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