HR Has a New COVID App

Here’s an interesting twist as we contemplate our brave, new post-COVID world. MediKeeper announces a major upgrade to its COVID Navigator mobile app. The app now enables employers to digitally identify and track which employees are vaccinated. Once info is inputted, a report is sent to the employer to show an individual’s vaccination status. “MediKeeper’s COVID Navigator reduces the administrative burden of reporting and follow-up and makes it easier for HR to manage the vaccination, screening, tracking, documentation and reporting of cleared and not cleared employees,” says David Ashworth, CEO of MediKeeper. “It’s a quick and easy way for employees to submit their vaccination status and for HR administrators to be notified when an employee has been cleared or enters vaccine information.” The COVID Navigator is integrated with a case management solution. The app is both HIPAA compliant and HiTrust certified in order to protect privacy and security.  COVID Navigator is available for companies to access from the Apple Store or Google Play.

CAL BROKER

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Save $ on BenefitsPro Broker Expo

Cal Broker associate publisher Naama O. Pozniak wants to pass along a little savings for anyone interested in attending BenefitsPro Broker Expo. Here’s the info:

BenefitsPro Broker Expo is back for 2021 and will feature a year-round experience both virtually and in-person. The virtual one-day program ia free to attend for sellers and will take place on May 18. The in-person 3-day conference will take place August 16-18 in San Diego. Join the entire benefits selling ecosystem to cultivate important relationships while raising new industry issues, embracing new challenges, and finding solutions. Save 15% off with promo code Rightplan. Learn more here.

WLS

WLS Offering Refund Options

CAHU Women’s Leadership Summit was postponed to an undetermined date in 2022. If you registered and need to request a refund or discuss other options, please contact Natalie Sinclair at natalie@caladmanagement.com.

M&A

Vālenz Announces Acquisition of Kozani Health

Vālenz announced it has acquired Kozani Health, a company that provides a comprehensive bill review solution primarily for self-funded employers and the self-insured community. Kozani Health joins the everexpanding Valenz ecosystem of data and solutions as Valenz ProteKHt. The new solution offers detailed linebyline bill reviews performed by nurses, certified coders and practicing specialists to uncover inappropriate billing.

LISI, BrokerNetUSA and Amwins Group Benefits Small Business join forces to create Amwins national GA

Three general agencies specializing in Employee Benefits – LISIBrokerNet USA and Amwins Group Benefits Small Business – are coming together to become a national General Agency, Amwins Connect Insurance Services, LLC. Collectively, the organizations have a shared mission to provide efficient solutions and deep-rooted expertise in fully insured medical and ancillary product lines.

Amwins Connect Insurance Services is committed to the success of its broker and carrier partners and offers its clients the following:

  • Access to solutions in multiple lines of business, including medical, life, vision and disability insurances across multiple carriers as well as one of the strongest P&C catalogs in the country.
  • A robust suite of services that makes it easier for employers to offer multi-carrier health plans to their workforces.
  • A technology suite to handle everything from quoting to proposals, onboarding, eligibility and more to make the operation seamless and efficient.
  • A distribution model that helps carriers access employer groups efficiently and effectively.

As a combined entity, Amwins Connect Insurance Services will provide its comprehensive medical and ancillary group health insurance products and service across eight states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington D.C. with more to come.

SUPPORT AHU

OCAHU Golfs for Good Cause


OCAHU’s 24th annual golf tournament will be April 19 at Aliso Viejo Country Club. The tournament promises to be a lot of fun and, moreover, proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Event sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, Warner Pacific and Benefit Resource, Inc. More info here.

SDAHU Gears up for 33rd Annual Sales Expo (Virtual)

The San Diego Association of Health Underwriters 33rd annual sales expo will be virtual May 6 from 10am-2pm. More info about the expo here. Furthermore, there are still sponsorship opportunities! Access info about sponsorship here.

LAAHU “Stay Positive & Be Happy” May 13-14 (Virtual)

LAAHU’s Annual Symposium is the largest in the state and includes updates from D.C., breakout sessions for wellness & mental health, technology, compliance, small & large employer. Speaker requests are out to high-profile, sure-to-draw speakers that will make this the premier networking and educational gathering of insurance professionals in Southern California. Sponsorship info here. Register here.

MEDICARE

Association Encourages Medicare Agents To Participate In National Survey

Agents who sell Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement insurance are being encouraged to participate in a major national survey.  “The independent survey will provide valuable and timely information to insurers and major distributors of Medicare insurance,” explains Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI).  The survey is being undertaken by Greenwald Research, a Washington D.C. research firm. Completing the survey will take around 15 minutes, according to Slome.  “We are proud to have helped by sharing information and connecting the research firm with top Medicare insurance agents, distributors and insurers,” Slome adds.  “Considering all the changes taking place I can’t think of a more important time to take the pulse of agents and brokers selling these products.” To participate in the survey, go here. 

PEOPLE

United Concordia Dental Names Californian as Reg VP

United Concordia Dental announced that Julie Arthur Beacock of California has been named regional vice president, Western Region Sales. Arthur Beacock has over 20 years of experience, most recently serving as president of a company she founded: Arthur Beacock Insurance Services, LLC, a brokerage and consulting firm. Arthur Beacock began her career with FHP Healthcare, a Southern California-based health plan and insurance company, and later joined MetraHealth/United Healthcare, handling sales for key and national accounts.

EVENTS

  • NAHU Power Hour, 4th Wednesday of the month from 4-5p.m. Pacific. Members and nonmembers welcome. Register here.
  • LAAHU DEI Book Club, discussing Miles McPherson’s book, The Third Option, runs through Sept. Register here.
  • Insurance Advertising Compliance Association conference, Virtual, April 22-23. Register here.
  • CAHU Statewide Leadership Conference, Virtual, April 28-29. Agenda here. Register here.
  • San Diego Association of Health Underwriters Sales Expo, Virtual, May 6. Info here.
  • Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters Annual Symposium, Virtual, May 13-14. Sponsorship info here. Register here.
  • IICF International Inclusion in Insurance Forum, June 15-17. Register here.
  • BenefitsPro Broker Expo, in person in San Diego, August 16-18. Agenda here, register here.
  • American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, National Medicare Supplement Insurance Industry Summit, Sept 8-10, Schaumburg Convention Center, Chicago area. Info here.