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Tracy Hassett Selected Vice Chair of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association

Educators Health Exchange President, Tracy Hassett, was selected Vice Chair by the Board of the Vermont Captive Insur...

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Committees Gain Trend Perspectives and Explore Strategies to Drive Down Costs

Plan Design and Finance Committees Welcome New MembersTwo committees are instrumental for monitoring claims and developing solutions – the Finance/Controller and Plan Design (PDC) committees. Member school representatives, business partners, and the edHEALTH team meet regularly to stay on top of what’s happening for edHEALTH and the healthcare industry at large. The Finance/Controller Committee meets quarterly and the PDC meets monthly during the school year.PDC Kicks off New Year on January 11 with Over 10 New Members HR and benefits representatives from each member institution will kick off the new year on January 11 to begin planning benefit design options for 2023. With industry-wide 2022 projected jumps of 5%, the Committee will be evaluating a range of options to control medical and prescription drug spending. The Committee includes over 10 new member school HR representatives a...

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Share-it Employee Engagement Communications

edHEALTH provides share-it employee engagement communications to help member school employees navigate and maximize their healthcare benefits. Check out these helpful communication tools:Healthcare Benefit News and 5 Tools to Help You Navigate Your Benefits: Benefit News and 5 Tools to Help You Navigate Your Benefits.pdf | Online VersionHow to Save Money on Prescription Drug Costs: Tips to Save Money on Your Prescription Drug Costs.pdf | Online VersionWhat You Need to Know About Your Prescription Drug Formulary and Savings Opportunities for Specialty Medications: What You Need to Know About Your Prescription Drug Benefits Overview.pdf | Online VersionHealthcare Terms You Need to Know to Understand Your Options and Navigate Your Benefits: Healthcare Terms to Know Share-It Communication.pdf | Online versionPPO Members Can Access In-Network Providers Nationwide: PPO Members Can Access In...

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Point32Health Selects UnitedHealthcare as its National Network – What This Means to Tufts Health Plan and HPHC Members

Point32Health, the combined Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care organization, selected UnitedHealthcare as its national network provider effective January 1, 2024. UnitedHealthcare is already the national provider for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care members, so there are no changes for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care members as the result of this announcement. Until 2024, Tufts Health Plan members will continue to use the nationwide Cigna network. Tufts Health Plan and HPHC members residing in New England access the plans’ networks of nearly 100K healthcare providers and all New England hospitals. For PPO members, the national carrier complements these networks outside of the service area. When visiting a doctor or hospital, the employee shows their edHEALTH health carrier ID card, which gives the provider the information they need for billing the plan administrator.

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Higher Ed HR Leaders Share 3 Benefits from edHEALTH Coalition That Helped Them Navigate the Pandemic

Three of our higher education institution HR leaders shared how the edHEALTH coalition helped them navigate the pandemic at the October Association for Collaborative Leadership (ACL) Conference. This interactive forum provided a roadmap for other higher education consortiums. Higher education was hit particularly hard during the pandemic, and edHEALTH pivoted from a growth and retention trajectory to collaboratively focus on the needs of our member institutions. edHEALTH’s Tracy Hassett led a discussion that focused on three strategies that helped member schools.1) Collaboration Forums for MembersRecognizing that collaboration between colleges and universities could help HR departments learn from one another, we implemented bi-weekly virtual meetings for member schools toward the end of March 2020. Average attendance ranged from 60-65 people, primarily HR and financial staff along wit...

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