Archive for March, 2011

Participants Needed for Online Health Insurance Rate Review Survey

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Kristine No Comments

HURRY! Deadline to participate: March 31, 2011

The Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) wants to make health insurance rate information submitted by insurance companies more readily available to consumers, and to help the public better understand our procedures and authority to review health insurance rates. As part of our consumer outreach efforts, ADOI has created an online survey, designed primarily for those who purchase individual or small group health insurance in Arizona.*

This is your opportunity to give us your feedback about health insurance rates in Arizona. Your responses to our survey questions will better inform us about what health insurance rate information would be meaningful for you.

This survey should only take about five minutes to complete. All participants’ responses are anonymous. The survey may be accessed at the link below.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey, and let us know your concerns about health insurance rate review in Arizona. Should you have any questions about this survey, please contact Kathy Zatari, ADOI Rate Review Grant Manager, at (602) 364-2455, or at kzatari@azinsurance.gov

Thank you for your participation!

*This survey relates only to major medical health insurance for individuals and small employers (2 – 50 employees). We are not collecting information about Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, AHCCCS plans, long term care, HMO’s or large employers insurance. ADOI is conducting this survey as part of a grant received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about this grant, please see: http://www.azinsurance.gov/RateReview/index.html.

Health Insurance Rate Review Survey

Client Spotlight

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Kristine No Comments

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber is not only ranked in Ranking Arizona, but one of its plumbers helped a homeowner last month find $8000.00 of missing cash and return it. They provide award winning valley wide service 24/7 with drug free background checked plumbers. Save extra money by using their real-time online booking system or call 480-812-1855, mention Benefits by Design for a $35.00 discount on any repair. Friend their facebook page, linked on their website and get helpful tips and special discounts.

Their service has been tested and proves to be a company you can trust and count on for all your plumbing, water heater and water treatment needs since 1985. They are the only plumber in the valley that has won the BBB Ethics award 2 times, referred by Rosie On The House, referred by To Fix It, 5 year award winner from Angie’s List, referred by Pat McMahon, KTAR’s Gayle Bass and a current company of Ranking Arizona.

Charity Corner

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Kristine No Comments

Upcoming Events – Gabriel’s Angels Breakfast on May 6, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore from 7:30am to 9:00am. Kristine will be sponsoring a table, so please feel free to call her if you would like to attend.

For more information please visit Gabriel’s Angels website.

Tempe Leadership

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Kristine No Comments

Kristine has been involved with Tempe Leadership this year and her class recently raised $14,000 to help their class project, The Escalante Community Garden. They have been busy this past month on the weekends helping put the garden together for this Tempe community. For more information please visit their page on Facebook.

H.S.A. Guidelines

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Kristine No Comments

The contribution amounts for 2010 and 2011 are $3,050.00 for individuals and $6,150.00 for family. If you are over 55 years of age you are eligible to do a catch up contribution of $1,000.00.

You can contribute to your H.S.A. account for the prior year until April 15th or the day taxes are filed for the previous year.

Health Care Reform Wellness Grant Update for Small Employers

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Kristine No Comments

Beginning this year, grants are available for small employers to provide their employees access to new workplace wellness programs.

Eligible employers include:

  • less than 100 employees working 25 or more hours per week, AND
  • did not have a workplace wellness program as of March 23, 2010

The program must include:

  • Health awareness initiatives
  • Efforts to maximize employee engagement
  • Initiatives to change unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle choices
  • Supportive environment efforts

Eligible employers must submit an application to HHS (Health and Human Services) that includes a proposal for the program. Their website is listed below. Grants will be available until the budgeted amount ($200 million) runs out.

Wellness Grant Application for Small Employers