We’re at SIIA…It’s Serious

We’re soaking up info about self insurance, captives, stop-loss, innovative drug solutions, wellness and so much more at the 39th annual national conference of the Self Insurance Institute of America. Shout out to some of our favorite exhibitors: Connect Healthcare, HMS, Springbuk, AscellaHealth and RxManage — to name just a few.  And a very special shout out goes to Bill Miller, CEO of Drexi. When the recording of Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner went out mid-song at the opening session on Tuesday, Miller picked up where Whitney left off! Of course, soon we all joined him to finish the song. But that takes guts! Here’s Bill, the unassuming rock star…

Who else is here? We thought you’d never ask. Well, there are brokers and TPAs. Also folks from the Rand Corporation, UC Berkeley, several state departments of insurance, Berkshire Hathaway, Blue Cross, United, Unum, Sun Life…the list goes on. It’s serious. Thankfully, though, the keynote speaker was comedian Greg Schwem and had us cracking up. If you want to know more, check out the November print issue of California Broker. We’ll fill you in…

CAHU Oct 3-5: You Should Be There!

CAHU is gearing up for its annual convention in Costa Mesa Oct 3-5. There’s still time to register, folks.  FYI… there’s a new education opportunity that seems pretty cool. Elisabeth Mack and trainers from True Farma will show you how to become a cannabis education advocate. That happens on Saturday, October 5 at 1 pm. Learn more about that here..

Register for the conference here.

Need more convincing? Check out these program highlights:

The opening session will be led by John Word III, founder of Word & Brown
Kaiser Permanente’s William Caswell, Sr VP of Operations, COO and Wendy Sack, Sr. National VP Pricing & Underwriting Kaiser Permanente will speak about advancements in innovation and tech
will deliver a Washington update
Tyson McDowell will talk about artificial intelligence’s impact on health care
Andy McNeary will speak about leveraging your unique message
Elisabeth Mack, RN, MBA will speak about bridging the gap between traditional medicine and cannabis

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

OneDigital Health Acquires Irvine-based Moore Benefits

Employee benefits/HR company OneDigital Health and Benefits announced it has acquired Irvine-based Moore Benefits. The acquisition enhances the OneDigital footprint within the Southern California market and adds to the overall company growth. Moore Benefits has been serving clients throughout California for over 15 years with services spanning across benefits, compliance and wellness. Now that Moore has joined up with OneDigital, clients will have access to expert teams from across a deeper bench to bring benefits, HR and tech to employers. 

MEDICARE

Anthem Announces MA Plan Enhancements

Anthem Blue Cross is enhancing the wellness services offered in many of the company’s 2020 Medicare Advantage plans. Anthem will give its members access to wellness services, including nutritional support, in-home support, respite care, and pest control.

Cigna to Offer MA Plans Some Places, But Not Here

Cigna announced that it will be offering Medicare Advantage in 17 states next year, including its first MA preferred provider organization plans in 43 counties and its existing health maintenance organization plans in 37 counties. But don’t get your hopes up for California.  States include Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything about Cal.

PEOPLE

MassMutual Appoints Golson Nunery Head of Consult Relations
MassMutual announced that Gina Golson Nunery has been appointed head of consultant relations for Workplace Solutions. Golson Nunery is responsible for developing and enhancing relationships nationwide with retirement consulting firms that serve corporate, Taft-Hartley, government, multiple-employer and not-for-profit plans. She reports to Una Morabito, Head of Client Management for MassMutual’s Workplace Solutions.

STUFF WE LOVE

A Word From Our Associate Publisher

Cal Broker Associate Publisher Naama O. Pozniak led meditation at the recent EBN Benefits Forum & Expo in Las Vegas. Here’s a note from Naama:

Think about it… it truly is mind over matter. When we practice yoga and meditation, our thoughts become one and we are able to actively connect our #body, #spirit and #mind. Every breath we take we implement healing one step at a time. It was so special to lead the session “Mind Over Matter: Meditation  For Focus & Healthcare Reduction Cost” in Las Vegas this past week. As we move into this new week, try taking one extra #inhale and #exhale as a reminder that we can all carry this mission together. Looking forward to continue sharing all over the 🌎  #mind #over #matter #meditation #yoga #healing #reduce #healthcare #costs #now #daily #love #agentsmakingadiffernce

EVENTS

⇒ CAHU Annual Conference & Symposium– We’ll see you here!
Oct 3-5, Costa Mesa. Register here.
Vanguard Halloween Party Oct. 4. Costumes encouraged. Register here.

IICF Week of Giving
Oct 12-19, 2019. More info here

Alliance of Comprehensive Planners 2019 Annual Conference
Nov. 12-15, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego
The Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) is a community of tax-focused financial planners who provide planning strategies for clients on a fee-only retainer basis. Conference early bird registration rates (which expire Oct. 11, 2019) are in effect now. Participation is open to all interested financial professionals. Companies interested in sponsoring the ACP Annual Conference should contact Jill Colsch at jill@acplanners.org. The agenda is available here: https://2019.acplanners.org/home.

CAHU Women’s Leadership Conference
March 25-27, 2020, JW Marriott Resort&Spa, Las Vegas
Save the date! Get early bird pricing by registering by 8/31/19 and using code NAHU19. More info at www.cahu.org.

LAAHU Annual Symposium- Save the date!
April 22, 2020, Skirball Center, Los Angeles. More info soon!