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June 2010 – Newsletter

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June 2010
Benefits by Design NewsletterWelcome to the Benefits By Design quarterly newsletter. Our intent is to keep YOU, our valued clients and friends, posted on what we have been up to, as well as to make sure you are truly informed consumers when it comes to issues pertaining to the financing of healthcare. Our goal is to keep you educated!  President’s Update  By Kristine Kassel


As the summer heat sets upon us, and we are busy heading out of town for those last minute summer vacations, Benefits by Design has been keeping a close eye on the Health Care Reform. I have been trying to get out and share the information that we have on the bill through several speaking engagements!! The more that we can share the more knowledge each of us will have to help us make the decisions that can affect us in the next few years to come.

Please take time to look at our updated website that Thrive Marketing completed this month. Thrive Marketing has been choosen to be our client spotlight of the month and they are a great partner that we have been working with for the past four years. As the needs of my business and industry change over the next few years, Thrive has helped us set up a weekly blog that will keep you updated on any key legislative activities and presentations. (more…)

March 31, 2010 – Newsletter

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HealthCare Legislation

As your benefits advisor, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you a summary of the key components of the health care reform legislation and how it may impact you and your business. We expect that given the number of years that it will take to fully rollout these reforms, there will continue to be changes to many elements of the legislation. However, for the first time in over a year, we have a much clearer view of the changes that will potentially take place. This bill will: (more…)

December 1, 2009 – Newsletter

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Happy New Year

Benefits by Design Named as Business Excellence Awards Finalist!

We are so very excited to announce that the Tempe Chamber has named us as a Business Excellence Awards Finalist!

The Tempe Chamber is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 Business Excellence Awards. These awards promote the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community and publicly recognize local businesses demonstrating a passion for excellence. Through the awards, the Tempe Chamber identifies companies whose practices in business growth, employee development, community involvement and customer service exemplify excellence. This year’s six finalists admirably embody those characteristics and are being recognized for that distinction. The recipient will be announced and honored at the Breakfast for Chamber Champions in February. For more information on the date, location and ticket information, call (480) 967-7891 or visit The 2010 finalists are Benefits by Design, Educational Options, Edward Jones, House of Tricks, Southwest Gas and Veolia Transportation. (more…)

September 1, 2009 – Newsletter

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Health Reform

Comparing the Current Bills in Congress

For your information – attached is a link to the Kaiser Family Foundation site for a comparison of the current Health Reform plans in Congress. This comparison has been updated to include the Senate Finance Committee (Baucus) proposal.

As always, please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns regarding health reform in Washington! (more…)

June 29, 2009 – Newsletter

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Health Reform

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware that the Obama administration is currently pushing for some major changes to the U.S. Health Care System! And, of course, Benefits by Design is following along closely to what is transpiring.

We are all aware that there are many problems and frustrations with our current healthcare system. We have been working for years behind the scenes to try to help with issues relating to the uninsured and so forth. No one knows what the perfect solution is at this point, but we can all agree, some changes must be made! However, one change that will destroy the level of care that we all have come to expect is a government run system.

One of the main reasons we do not support a government run health system is that the role of the agent and broker would be drastically reduced or eliminated, to the detriment of small employers and individuals! We know that we provide a valuable service to our clients! Please take some time to share this website with any colleagues, friends or family who do not completely understand the important role of agents! (more…)

March 31, 2009 – Newsletter

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The Rising Cost of Health Care

By Jennifer Skinner, VP of Business Development, Benefits by Design
Most of you know that the cost of health insurance goes up every year. But the main reason for this is the rising cost of health care! Have you ever thought about why this is? Health insurance is there to help you pay for health care. It is there to protect you and your family against catastrophic financial loss in the event of an unexpected serious illness or injury. It can give you peace of mind! Luckily, we live in a time when medical knowledge and technology are being used in amazing ways to help us live longer, but this comes at a price, which is rising at an alarming rate. Some of the contributors to the rising cost of health care are: (more…)

December 12, 2008 – Newsletter

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Health Savings Accounts “H.S.A.’s”

For many of you, the term H.S.A. is familiar, but there are still many who are confused as to what exactly an Health Savings Account is! We would like to provide you with some basic information.

For our clients who already have implemented HSAs, here are the new 2009 IRS guidelines:

New Annual Contribution Levels for HSAs:


September 30, 2008 – Newsletter

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Benefits By Design New Team Member

Introducing Ryan Hansen, Director of Account Services
Please welcome Ryan Hansen to our team!

Ryan is our Director of Account Services. This means she will be working directly with all of our clients and their employees on any questions, issues or concerns they may have. Erin is also still on the team and will be acting as “back up” for Ryan, but will transition into mostly Marketing and Sales.

Ryan comes to us from United HealthCare where she had over six years of experience. We received excellent customer service from her for years and finally talked her into joining us on the broker side. We know you will love working with her. Ryan lives in Maricopa with her husband and two boys!


October 1, 2006 – Newsletter

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Please Welcome Our New Employee!

Tisha Jones

Please welcome our new Account Manager!

Tisha Jones comes to Benefits By Design with more than 7 years of experience in the insurance business! She worked at an agency on the Property and Casualty side, but she is looking forward to learning more about employee benefits!

Tisha has great customer service knowledge and is used to dealing with many different clients and insurance companies at one time (she’s a great multi-tasker!). She is married to Kimmel and has a large 4-legged, furry child named Topper–a beautiful German Shepherd. She resides in the East Valley. Please don’t hesitate to call her with any questions.

AAMES Graduation (more…)