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NEW Members Health Plan Launches on Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange

Member Benefits, the administrator of the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange, introduces long-awaited Members Health Plan (MHP) for Texas law firms.

Austin, TX— After years of building member participation in the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange, administrator Member Benefits is introducing a new health plan option for Texas law firms. Different than traditional group health options, the Members Health Plan (MHP) is a multiple employer self-funded health benefits trust exclusively for Lonestar state law firms and their employees. Through the MHP, participating law firms will join together to pool their risk as one large multiple-employer group.

This plan aims to not just lower the cost of healthcare benefits but also reduce administrative fees and grant access to a wider variety of potential health plan benefits.

Member Benefits President and CEO Earl “Chip” Trefry Jr., CLU had this to say about the launch: “This has been over two years in the making and we’re all very excited to see it come to fruition.”

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State Bar of Texas

Officials announce Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange

How the State Bar of Texas is working to provide health care options to members.

Texas Bar Journal | October 2013 | | By: The Texas Bar Journal Staff

IN ANTICIPATION OF KEY ASPECTS OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TAKING EFFECT IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS, the State Bar of Texas recently announced the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange, a multi-carrier private exchange exclusively designed for its members and their staff and dependents.

After carefully evaluating and comparing Private Exchange models offered by other state bars across the nation and models developed by third-party administrators and health insurance carriers, the State Bar of Texas Insurance/Member Benefits Subcommittee selected Florida-based Member Benefits Inc. to administer the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange. Member Benefits Inc., a third-party administrator, impressed subcommittee members with its successful history (more than 30 years) of specializing in association programs. The company currently provides services to more than 10 groups, including the Florida Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Medical Association, and the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Member Benefits also maintains strong ties and relationships with A-rated national insurance providers, such as Cigna, Aetna, MetLife, Guardian, and United-HealthOne.

“The State Bar has been trying to find a way to deliver health insurance to its members for about the past seven years,” said Tim Kelly, Chairman of the Insurance/Member Benefits Subcommittee.

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