ClaimLinx reclaims thousands of dollars for consumers

Business pioneers strategy for employers to pay less for company health plan

CINCINNATI, Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As health plan premiums rise nationally, so too do insurance companies’ earnings, but one local business has found a way to return some of those would-be profits to consumers.

ClaimLinx is a consultant, insurance agency and third-party administrator specializing in an alternative strategy for purchasing health insurance that saves companies money while delivering quality benefits.

Nationally, insurance companies reported strong growth in 2018, amassing an estimated $47 billion of global profit by the end of the second quarter, according to an analysis of company documents by Axios media company.

Not all of that money is being funneled into improving care or services. Insurance companies spend only 80 percent of funds collected in plan premiums on actual medical care, as required by the Affordable Care Act.

Packed into those huge premium bills are charges for administration, marketing and company profits for share-holders. That’s thousands of dollars each year being given to insurance companies instead of being spent on what workers really need: quality medical care.

Tom Quigley, National Benefit Consultant at ClaimLinx, says buying traditional health plans leaves a lot of money on the table, an especially difficult prospect for small businesses where profit margins are slim.

“It’s really a shame, because people are really just giving all this money away to health insurance companies without even realizing it.” 

So ClaimLinx abandons traditional methods of purchasing health insurance. Instead, it shows clients how to combine a high deductible plan from a major carrier with a self-funded medical expense reimbursement plan. 

The plan with a major carrier offers a wide physicians network with discounts for services and a stop loss in case of high medical costs. The medical expense reimbursement plan offers the ability to add a lower deductible and better cost-sharing measure for services, like copays.

Christy Quigley, President of ClaimLinx, compares this strategy to other types of coverage.

“People have car insurance, but they don’t buy it for $40 oil changes. Imagine how expensive it would be if it did. We use the same concept for health insurance.” 

This two-prong strategy allows small businesses to restore some of its health care dollars to its employees by delivering better benefits at a much lower price. 

Contact: Whitney Faber, (617) 892-4655
wfaber@claimlinx.com
www.claimlinx.com

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Insurance agency maintains low premium rates for clients

Health benefits consultant finds a solution for rising insurance costs

NORTH CONWAY, N.H., Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — While many health insurance agencies are delivering sour news to employers about rate increases or the prospect of cutting benefits, ClaimLinx is delivering low rates for quality health plans to all of its clients.

Premiums for employer-sponsored health plans for 2019 increased by an average of five percent nationally reaching a staggering average rate of $19,616 for a family plan, according to the 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey.

However, ClaimLinx insurance agents were able to keep its clients’ rate increases below the national average using its unique strategy for purchasing benefits. What’s more is employers using ClaimLinx’s methods pay substantially less overall because they save 20 percent or more within the first year of implementation.

National Benefit Consultant, Tom Quigley, said his team of insurance agents and consultants is willing to do anything to keep plan costs low.

“It’s all about the numbers, but you have to be creative or you’re going to end up paying more,” he said.

For this reason, partnering with ClaimLinx can be a substantial step to taking back control of a company’s benefits, especially important for small businesses where margins are thin and rate increases can be crippling.

Over the past 10 years, premiums have increased twice as fast as wages so that while insurance costs on average 55 percent more, workers earn only 26 percent more to pay for it. When both employer and employee are being squeezed, savings become significant for both.

ClaimLinx specializes in guiding business owners through the insurance market as a full-service consultant, insurance agency and third-party administrator to help them purchase the best, most affordable health plan.

Their solution combines traditional high deductible insurance plans with a customized self-funded medical expense reimbursement plan. The resulting plan enables employers to offer top-notch benefits at a much lower cost.

The company’s founders pioneered the solution more than 10 years ago, when they first saw rates climbing. President and Owner, Christy Quigley, said since then they have been refining their strategy for delivering quality benefits at a low price.

“We really just want to help people save money on their health insurance,” she said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Contact: Whitney Faber, (617) 892-4655
wfaber@claimlinx.com
www.claimlinx.com

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Tips for self-care this holiday season

The holiday season is well underway, and for most Americans that means elevated stress, and with increased stress can come sickness, fatigue and depression. Fight the holiday slump this year with these tips for self-care this season.

There are many reasons people feel more stressed and blue during the holidays. There are more activities, pressure to meet families’ expectations, reminders of friends and family you may have lost, and shorter, darker days can exacerbate it all.

That’s why it’s increasingly important for everyone to take time for themselves to make sure they can truly enjoy the festive season. Try just one of these activities this year to see if it helps improve your mood and enjoyment of the season.

  • Keep your exercise routine – With a busier schedule, for most people one of the first things to go is their typical exercise routine. But with all the added activity and dietary indulgences, exercise becomes that much more important as a way to destress and  burn off excess calories.
  • Protect your sleep – Just like exercise, sleep tends to  be something we sacrifice during the holidays, but sleep helps your body recover and keeps your mood up. It’s difficult to enjoy family and friends’ delightful little quirks when you’re exhausted from the activities of the week.
  • Throw out expectations – There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to create and capture “magical moments” to make a perfect holiday experience. Unburden yourself from these expectations, and you will have an easier time enjoying the moments for what they are.
  • Feel (don’t eat or drink) your feelings – The holidays inevitably bring up strong emotions, including anxiety about new relationships, reminders of family losses or pressure of entertaining relatives. In all of these instances, the instinct can be to eat or drink more than usual. This year try to remind yourself that all of this is normal and try to live in the discomfort of the moment, rather than run from it.
  • Keeps snacks and water with you – This may not be something you do the rest of the year, but in all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, holiday parties and end-of-the-year work expectations you may find yourself out and about having forgotten to hydrate or eat. Keep a high-protein snack in your car or bag as well as a water bottle at the ready to avoid this.

The most important advice for this time of year is really just to give yourself a break. Don’t have enough time to make cookies from scratch? Get some from the store. Too tired to go to a third family holiday dinner? Send your regrets and relax. Caught up worrying if people are having fun at your party? Assume they are and catch up with a friend or family member instead.

All of these are hard to put into practice, but you’ll be thanking yourself come January if you’ve been able to find the joy in the holiday season.

Tips for this article were taken from:
Psycology Today
Lifehack.org
Motherly

Early 2019 insurance rates highlight a need for benefit alternatives

Inurance Consultant ClaimLinx offers employers a solution for rising health care costs

BOSTONJune 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Insurance premium proposals for 2019 are rolling in this month, so far with requested rate hikes as high as 47 percent in some states. This on top of health care costs outpacing economy-wide inflation for the first time since 2010 forecasts a challenging market for business owners.

Nationwide insurance companies are citing policy changes to the Affordable Care Act, including the repeal of the individual mandate and expanded short term options, as the culprit for the requested higher rates.

Also driving up premiums are medical expenditures. They are expected to rise 2.2 percent this year, compared with 1.9 percent for overall inflation, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Yet rising prices have done nothing to quell employees’ desire for improving benefits, as they’re now being used as a benchmark in a tightening job market. Employers are going to need alternative benefit solutions to stay competitive with the national unemployment rate dipping to 3.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

They’re going to need options like those offered at ClaimLinx, a full-service consultant, insurance agency and third-party administrator that specializes in guiding business owners through the insurance market with its own unique strategy for achieving the best, most affordable health plan.

ClaimLinx has pioneered a solution for purchasing health insurance that combines traditional high deductible insurance plans with a customized self-funded medical expense reimbursement plan. The resulting plan enables employers to offer top-notch benefits at a much lower cost.

Tom Quigley, National Benefits Consultant at ClaimLinx, emphasized that this has to be business owners’ first priority.

“You’ve got to be providing the best assets you can to your employees or it’s going to become your liability — no question,” he said.

What started as a small idea in Cincinnati about cutting costs on health insurance has grown to a nationwide service with offices in Boston and North Conway, NH. In 2017 ClaimLinx helped business owners save an estimated $3.2 million.

John Moore, President of the manufacturing company Ohio Metal Products, changed his company’s benefits plan to the ClaimLinx solution because of increasing costs and even more limited options.

“Our company has saved tens of thousands of dollars,” Moore said. “ClaimLinx can provide the benefits that we want, not what the insurance company suggests.”

Contact: Whitney Faber, (617) 892-4655
wfaber@claimlinx.com
www.claimlinx.com

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Client Profile Subaru donates $16,500

This month Profile Subaru and Subaru of America, Inc. handed the Jen’s Fiends Cancer Foundation a check for $16,500. So we’re shining a spotlight on this client for giving so much back to its community.

The check was given as a part of the 2017 Share the Love Event, which is held from November to March each year.

This is the tenth time Subaru of America, Inc. has held this annual event, in which the company donates money for each car sold to certain national and local charities. This year the company donated a total of $21.8 million.

The Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation was one of more than 670 local causes that received donations as a part of the campaign.  The national charities included the American Society of for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels American and National Park Foundation.

Over the last four years Profile Subaru and Subaru of America have donated more than $55,000 to Jen’s Friends from this event, according to the Conway Daily Sun.

The Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families, most of whom are in the Mt. Washington Valley area. They focus on helping those that are uninsured, underinsured or have other financial challenges.

The support the foundation provides is intended to “allow them to focus on battling cancer, without worrying about the indirect financial burdens that often arise.

We are proud to highlight a company we have been working with that is doing so much good in the area.

Click here for more information about or to donate to the Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.