Associated Benefits Consulting formed a new national partnership with the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) to provide its member agents and brokers exclusive access to a new ACA Decision Support Tool.

The tool, developed by ACA Solutions LLC is a software application created for health insurance agents and brokers to aid in analyzing the effects of healthcare reform on their clients.

Agents and brokers can provide clients with a customized analysis of the ACA’s impact on their business, as well as assorted scenarios and corresponding strategies. The tool is designed to guide users through the process, but also features tutorials that explain the importance of the inputs and the calculations.

The application will update as regulations change. The tool also includes an employee survey, a health care reform checklist, and cost modeling modules for exploring alternate strategies.

In other industry news:

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) launched Guardian AbsenceWorks for small and large businesses to help with disability and absence management needs.

The program is supported by Reed Group, which Guardian acquired earlier this year.

“The addition of Guardian AbsenceWorks to our disability portfolio has reinforced our position at the forefront of the employee benefits landscape. This is crucial at a time when demands on employers are increasing in an environment fraught with complex regulation, including adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),” said Ray Marra, vice president, Group Products at Guardian.

 

Teresa Wood, chief information officer for Alliance Benefit Group – Illinois, has been elected to its board of directors.

Wood oversees the management and direction for ABG’s network administration, website operations, design and implementation, education, global communications and social media. As a member of the company’s board, Wood will participate in planning and decision-making that affects company development and growth. She will continue in her current role as CIO, in addition to serving on the board.

Wood has over 20 years of experience in pension administration at ABG-IL. Her past experience with the company ranges from Client Relationship Manager to Senior Vice President of Plan Services and Operations.

 

Jody HunterJody Hunter joined Pacific Resources as vice president. He comes from Koch Business Solutions, LP (KBS), where he was senior director of Benefits. 

In his new role, Hunter will be developing Pacific Resources’ health promotion and illness prevention consulting services and products using his knowledge of trends, products and services available in the wellness market. He is also an expert in PPACA, and will help keep Pacific Resources’ staff and clients informed of new developments and the potential effects of the implementation of the health care reform law, including the growth of private exchanges and Accountable Care Organizations, and the status of state exchanges. 

Prior to joining KBS, Hunter served as Senior Director of Benefits for Georgia Pacific for 10 years. He also served as benefits administrator at AGL Resources, and as a staff member of Atlanta Healthcare Alliance. Hunter also taught strategic management as an adjunct faculty member of the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. He began his health planning and data analysis career in 1977 as Data Manager for the Southeast Georgia Health Systems Agency – this led to him becoming Director of the Georgia Center for Health Statistics at the Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta.

Hunter is the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University and served as a member of Governor Sonny Purdue’s Commission for a New Georgia, Health and Welfare Benefits. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia Southern University.

Fortegra, a new, consumer-focused brand of Fortegra Financial (NYSE: FRF), was launched to meet the insurance and protection needs of today’s middle-class. As part of the launch, Fortegra has unveiled a consumer website at www.fortegra.com.

Fortegra’s product offerings include an array across life and health insurance, as well as other protection products, offered by Fortegra’s affiliates and business partners.

 

The American Hospital Association (AHA) endorsed Workplace Wellness from Interactive Health. Workplace Wellness solutions feature Healthy Triumph, Interactive Health’s outcomes-based wellness program.

Healthy Triumph is an outcomes-based, personalized wellness program that enables hospitals to improve employee health, manage costs and increase productivity without adding to internal staff workloads or requiring additional tools and technologies.

“Our program focuses on early detection of health risks, while enabling hospitals to reward their employees for proactive health management,” said Joseph O’Brien, president and CEO of Interactive Health. “The personalized wellness programs will help hospital staff create a culture of health for their employees and provide models that promote wellness and healthy living within the communities and businesses they serve.”