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19Jul, 2017

Ashley L. Tedor Named One of Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40

Mechanicsburg, PA, July 17, 2017- On Monday, October 2, Ashley L. Tedor will be honored as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2017 Forty Under 40 award recipient for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service at an evening reception and awards program at Hilton Harrisburg from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This year marks the program’s 23rd anniversary.
Ashley is currently a Senior Vice President with AIA, responsible for leading and developing the consulting account teams in the delivery of strategic advisory services to local, regional and national employer clients. Ashley is involved in several community service activities, […]

14Apr, 2017

AIA Hires Director of Compliance

Mechanicsburg, PA, April 10, 2017 – American Insurance Administrators (AIA), An Alera Group Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Saniyyah Saka,  Director of Compliance for its employee benefits consulting and brokerage divisions. AIA has two employee benefits divisions: AIA Benefits Resource Group which provides employee benefits advisory services and technology solutions to employer clients, and AIA Broker Benefit Solutions which provides support services and technology solutions to the health insurance broker market.

Saka’s career in the insurance industry began nearly 18 years ago with Aetna U.S. Healthcare in their group insurance premium reconciliation department. Before transitioning over to the brokerage/consultancy […]

14Apr, 2017

AIA Names Three Senior Vice Presidents

Mechanicsburg, PA, March 15, 2017 – AIA, An Alera Group Company is pleased to announce the naming of three Senior Vice Presidents to two of its employee benefits consulting and brokerage divisions. These three positions become part of the AIA senior leadership team. AIA has two employee benefits divisions: AIA Benefits Resource Group which provides employee benefits advisory services and technology solutions to employer clients, and AIA Broker Benefit Solutions which provides support services and technology solutions to the health insurance broker market.

For AIA Benefits Resource Group (BRG):

Jamie Tedor, Senior Vice President is responsible for leadership and oversight of both […]

4Jan, 2017

AIA Joins 23 U.S. Financial Services Firms to create The Alera Group

We are excited to announce that AIA has joined 23 other entrepreneurial insurance and financial services companies across the United States to form Alera Group, an employee benefits, property/casualty, risk management and wealth management firm with approximately $158 million in revenue. The new firm has more than 750 employees serving more than 20,000 clients in 40 U.S. based offices across 15 states. This merger marks the first time that 24 financial services firms have joined together as one.

We will continue to offer the same high level consulting/advisory services, but now with an extensive network of national resources and thought leadership. […]

30Sep, 2016

US Healthcare System Remains Among Least Efficient In The World

The U.S. health-care system remains among the least-efficient in the world.

America was 50th out of 55 countries in 2014, according to a Bloomberg index that assesses life expectancy, health-care spending per capita and relative spending as a share of gross domestic product. Expenditures averaged $9,403 per person, about 17.1 percent of GDP, that year — the most recent for which data are available — and life expectancy was 78.9. Only Jordan, Colombia, Azerbaijan, Brazil and Russia ranked lower.

The U.S. has lagged near the bottom of the Bloomberg Health-Care Efficiency Index since it was created in 2012. Hong Kong and Singapore […]

26Sep, 2016

CMS: Average Medicare Advantage Premiums to Fall in 2017

Mary Ellen McIntire   |   September 22, 2016 | MorningConsult.com

Monthly premiums for seniors enrolled in the Medicare Advantage program are expected to be about 4 percent less expensive in 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday.

The agency estimates that the average monthly premium for Medicare Advantage enrollees next year will be $31.40, compared to the average $32.59 consumers pay this year. About two-thirds (67 percent) of enrollees will see no premium increase next year, the agency projects.

“Medicare Advantage and the prescription drug benefit continue to be a great option for seniors and people living with disabilities,” Andy Slavitt, CMS’s acting administrator […]

15Sep, 2016

Opioid epidemic boosts costs for health insurers

By Lenay Ruhl, September 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM | CPBJ.com

In a four-year period, health insurers’ spending on patients addicted to opioid painkillers has increased more than 1,000 percent, revealing the impact of the opioid crisis on the health care system.

Between payments to hospitals, laboratories, treatment centers and other medical providers for opioid-dependent patients – or patients addicted to prescription medication or heroin – health insurers in the U.S. spent $446 million in 2015.

In 2011, health insurer payments for opioid-dependent patients totaled $32 million, according to a white paper released by Fair Health Inc., a New York-based nonprofit that provides […]

14Sep, 2016

Uninsurance rate drops to the lowest level since before the Great Recession

Maria Elena Santa Coloma, right, an insurance adviser with UniVista Insurance company, helps Shessy Gonzalez sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act, on Dec. 15, 2015, in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Amy Goldstein | September 13 at 12:06 PM Follow @goldsteinamy | The Washington Post 

About 4 million Americans gained health insurance last year, decreasing the nation’s uninsured rate to 9.1 percent, the lowest level since before the Great Recession, according to new federal figures.

The figures, released Tuesday from a large annual Census Bureau survey, show that the gains were driven primarily by an expansion of coverage among […]

13Sep, 2016

GAMECHANGER Webinar Series


Addressing Healthcare PRICING FAILURE through Direct Provider Contracting

Date: Thursday, September 22

Time: 11am-12pm EST

Cost: FREE Series
Where: WEBINAR – Right at your desktop!

Meet what Forbes called the “Silver Bullet” to lowering health care costs and improving your benefits at the same time. Direct provider contracting drives members to high value providers (higher quality and lower cost). According to David Chase, Self-Funded plans “can be the ‘David’ to the healthcare Goliaths and slay the cost beast” as referenced in the Forbes article below.

Who Should Attend:
CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CPOs & Human Resource Professionals

Featured Speaker:

James Millaway

James G. Millaway is a […]

12Sep, 2016

Dropout by Dartmouth Raises Questions on Health Law Cost-Savings Effort

By ROBERT PEAR | SEPT. 10, 2016 | nytimes.com
WASHINGTON — In its quest to remake the nation’s health care system, the Obama administration has urged doctors and hospitals to band together to improve care and cut costs, using a model devised by researchers at Dartmouth College.
But Dartmouth itself, facing mounting financial losses in the federal program, has dropped out, raising questions about the future of the new entities known as accountable care organizations, created under the Affordable Care Act.
The entities are in the vanguard of efforts under the health law to move Medicare away from a disjointed fee-for-service system to […]