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The Fifth Season

By: Mark Lawrence October 15, 2018
This morning as I drove in to work, it was 46 degrees on the thermometer, and this was really the first day that, to me, felt like fall had arrived. As underwriters, we’re currently experiencing a fifth season in the year. It’s called renewal season, and it comes a little earlier every year. This year, it started in late July and will go through New Year’s Eve.
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The Path to Timely and Accurate Claims Payments

By: Dom Palmieri October 3, 2018
All roads through a Stop Loss carrier lead to paying claims. Self-funded groups purchase our coverage so we can protect their finances from the impact of high-dollar claims, so with a Stop Loss contract in hand, they expect that their catastrophic claims will be paid. And as a responsive carrier that has applied exceptional underwriting practices to the groups we enroll, we have committed to having the right resources in place to deliver quick and accurate claims payment.
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2018 and Beyond – The Advanced Class of Health Care

By: Tom Doran July 9, 2018
Yes, I went to Princeton for engineering. People often call attention to that if they’ve read my bio. It was – and is – a great spot for education, and the classes were tough. But a lot of places in life are, and the health care industry is no different. Right now, we’re in the advanced class.
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Reference-Based Pricing Brings Transparency to Health Care Costs

By: Dan Cloyd June 20, 2018
Adding a reference-based pricing component to an employer’s health plan brings an element of clarity to benefit costs by determining, from the start, what is to be paid for medical services and procedures. It’s no surprise that reference-based pricing is a hot topic in the market today, especially when claims exceeding $1 million are more and more common. Reference-based pricing is part of a greater movement toward transparency, helping to establish some type of a standard for what is paid for medical care.
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Who Does Your Heavy Lifting?

By: Carolyn Coleman April 23, 2018
The insurance market changes every year. But for some time now, we’ve been watching the frequency and severity of claims rise, which increases the financial exposure of self-funded groups. With this, the need for Stop Loss protection has grown, along with the importance of working with a Stop Loss carrier that truly knows the intricacies of the market and what must be done to help ensure that the financial health of self-funded employers is properly guarded.
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