What’s Considered Medically Appropriate for Insurance to Be Expanded

Healthy groceries, home-delivered meals, air conditioners and grab bars in the bathroom may soon be some of the “medically appropriate” benefits covered by insurance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expanded the definition of “primarily health-related” benefits insurers can include in their Medicare Advantage policies. Beginning in 2019, insurers can provide retirees care and…

American Heart Association Recognizes USI for Workplace Health Achievement

The results of the American Heart Association’s 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced this summer, and USI achieved Gold level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. Companies recognized at the Gold level are among those that obtained the highest Index scores in 2018. Out of the…

USI Receives Vertafore Vanguard Award for Innovation

Vertafore awarded USI the Vanguard Award for Innovation during the recent NetVu18, the largest technology conference in insurance, held in Atlanta, Georgia, this spring. The Vertafore Vanguard Award for Innovation goes to the agency, carrier, or MGA who contributes to expanding and growing the industry through their innovative application of Vertafore solutions. Vertafore announced that…

Reference-Based Pricing — A “Transparent” Way of Paying Health Care Providers

By Manoj Rajwani, USI Vice President, Employee Benefits Employers and their employees continue to struggle with skyrocketing health care costs.  The job market is already competitive, and many companies are overwhelmed with  how to manage the benefit costs but still offer a quality program at the same time.  Many of those same organizations are diligent…