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Survival Can Come At A Cost

Survival Can Come At A Cost

Unexpected life changes happen at every stage of life. However, unlike marriages, birthdays and job promotions, which are celebrated and welcomed, other life changes can be devastating. Life threatening accidents or changes in health can wreak emotional and financial havoc on a family. For some, there may be a safeguard. It’s called a living benefit.
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The Unexpected Consequences of Covid-19

The Unexpected Consequences of Covid-19

Healthcare in the Spotlight The pandemic has brought common healthcare plan issues into the spotlight. Inadvertently, it has created an opportunity for forward thinking employers to reevaluate their plan design and improve things like the absence of mental health support, ‘ineffective deductibles’, limited employee choices or a ‘lack of transparency that leads to waste.’ Allowing
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Controlling Healthcare Costs

Controlling Healthcare Costs

The Balancing Act Finding the right balance between health benefits and cost management is difficult for many Washington State employers, especially now. Without sacrificing quality, matching the best group health plan with the needs of their employees and their families while navigating new FMLA legislation (during a pandemic no less!), is particularly challenging. Historically companies
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Forgivable Loans from the SBA

Forgivable loans are available and include costs for payroll and health insurance premiums. Loan applications are being accepted by approved SBA lenders starting Friday, April 3, 2020. We encourage employers to contact a lender and seek this assistance as soon as possible as demand will be extremely high. Here are some helpful links: SBA Lenders
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How To Get Care For COVID-19 (Premera Blue Cross)

With so much information – both good and bad, circulating about the coronavirus, Premera Blue Cross has published a useful online resource we’d like to share on ‘how to get care for COVID-19’. Link: https://www.premera.com/wa/visitor/outbreaks/ It clearly lists links for ‘up-to-date’ information, how to access virtual care, FAQ, an online form to find out information
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Understanding Your Health Benefits

Understanding Your Health Benefits

A Brief History Already under scrutiny, when the Studebaker Car Manufacturing company closed and couldn’t fulfill its pension promises to its thousands of employees during the 1960s, the event was a catalyst for citizens and politicians alike to demand pension reform. Enacted and signed into law by President Ford on Labor Day 1974, the Employee
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