Hanson Benefits President Receives Noble Eagle Award from the IIAW

Noble_Eagle_Chris_HansonChris Hanson, President of Hanson Benefits, was recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (IIAW) with a Noble Eagle Award for her 36 months of service to their State Board.

Current IIAW Board president, Steve Leitsch, presented the award to Hanson at the 117th IIAW Annual Convention in Wisconsin Dells. Hanson was named Employee Benefits Agent of the Year at the event in 2015.

“It was an honor to provide a strengthened focus to employee benefits through my involvement in the IIAW Board, as well as a member of the Employee Benefits Committee. IIAW has earned the reputation as the trusted choice based on their knowledge and expertise, which is especially important with the volatility and unknowns in health insurance today,” states Chris Hanson of Hanson Benefits.

About the IIAW: The IIAW is the 8th largest trade association in the state with over 5,000 independent insurance agents selling property, casualty, life and health insurance. The organization was founded in 1899 and is one of the oldest association’s in the state of Wisconsin. Membership in the IIA of Wisconsin and the IIAB of America has never been more important than it is today. The incredible pressures being exerted on independent agents from all corners require membership in a powerful and highly respected organization that can provide the benefits and services agents need to prosper. For more information, visit http://www.iiaw.com/

 Hanson Benefits (www.hansonbenefitsinc.com) in an independent insurance agency providing individual and small group health insurance benefits and consulting. The Hanson Benefits team is critical in delivering something different than other agencies. It is their problem solving skills, and long-term forward thinking that makes them valuable with a high degree of urgency for getting benefits concerns handled effectively, efficiently and correctly. The team acts as a human resources extension to our clients, a trusted advisor in the realm of employee benefits.

 

2016 Women Leader of the Year!!

2016 Woman of the yearThe Women in Management Fox Valley Chapter held their annual awards luncheon, where they recognized Chris Hanson as the Women Leader of the Year for 2016. Chris has received this award because over the past 20 years, she has been a mentor to her colleagues and employees. She has shown her passion for service and integrity in doing business that has never wavered!

For more information on the award and the organization, click here.

The 2016 ACS Sole Burner … Another Success!

Sole BurnerA special thank you to everyone who participated in our 11th Annual Sole Burner 5K Run/Walk with our Hanson Benefits / Valley Label team! We had fantastic weather this year, and since it is out last your as a joint team with Valley Label, I decided to try to run the 5K vs. walk it! The “Hill of Hope” was a little challenging, but hopefully, we raised the $1,000 that we had set as our goal! Stay tuned for what we’ll do possibly in 2017! -Chris Hanson

Hanson Benefits Supports the Chair-ity Event

doll chairThe Hanson Benefits team is decorating a chair for the Celebration of Hope, which gives help to people that need money for the extra expenses that aren’t covered by insurance when personal difficulties strike a person and their family. The Chair-ity event will be held on June 21 in Appleton at The Grand Meridian from 5-7pm. The decorated chairs will be auctioned off live by Paul Evanson, and some will be available at silent auction. There will be on-line voting for the favorite chairs as well! Stay tuned!

Click here to view the Chair-ity website.

2015 IIAW Employee Benefits Agent of the Year

Chris Hanson, president of Hanson Benefits Inc., was named Employee Benefits Agent for the 2015 year, by the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (IIAW).

The IIAW is one of the largest trade association’s in the state with over 5,000 independent insurance agents selling property, casualty, life and health insurance.

Matt Banaszynski, IIAW Executive Vice President says, “Chris consistently demonstrates an exemplary commitment to our Association, her business, and most importantly, her community. This award recognizes her work to serve in the public’s best interest by holding herself to the highest ethical standards while working to insure the American Dream.”

Chris Hanson & Matt

Network Health Plan and ThedaCare to Work Together Through 2016

Network Health Plan and ThedaCare have agreed to work together for some clients until December 31, 2016

As might be expected, the world of health insurance changes monthly and daily! I, for one, was glad to find out today that NHP and ThedaCare have come to an agreement to continue their contract until the end of this calendar year!

This will be good for you, if you currently have a “pre-ACA” group health plan with Network Health, have a pre-ACA individual health plan or are covered under Network’s Medicare Advantage Plan.

Click here to view the official press release.

We will continue to keep you informed as this year progresses!  For updates, always stay tuned!

More ACA Changes: Start the New Year Informed

iStock_000058231982_LargePresident Obama has signed an agreement on two major legislative packages regarding the budget and tax agreements that were previously approved by Congress.

These bills included changes that affect several health care related provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA provisions included in the agreement would:

  • Delay implementation of the ACA Excise Tax (“Cadillac” tax) for two years, making it effective in 2020, instead of 2018
  • Implement a moratorium on the ACA 2.3 percent Medical Device Tax, which has already taken effect. This tax would not apply to sales for calendar year 2016 and 2017
  • Suspend the ACA Health Insurance Tax for one year (2017)
  • Extend a measure that prevents the federal government from shifting funds to pay for the ACA’s risk corridors program

Important Announcement for Clients with Network Health

If you have Network Health Plan, please read this update.

You may have already read information about Network Health Plan and ThedaCare terming their relationship next July 2016. Our advice is to not worry yet.

  • If you a small group and have Network Health Plan, nothing will change before July 2016

  • If you have a Network Health’s Medicare Advantage Plan, nothing changes before July 2016

  • If you have a pre-ACA individual health plan with Network Health, again, no changes before July 2016

It’s too early to tell what will happen with the negotiations.  Until it’s a firm deal, anything can change in our world of the new Affordable Care Act.  Stay tuned, but relax and know nothing is changing yet.

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To view the announcement from Network Health, click here

Good News: Small Group Definition Remains 2-50

members_wisconsin_nickel_hiresFinally, some good news with regard to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka ObamaCare). The President signed a bill (HR 1624) last week, to keep small group as defined by “less than 50 employees”. When the law was signed in 2010, small group was determined to change to “less than 100 employees” beginning January 2016. To read more, see the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Ted Nickel’s statement.

Hanson Recognized as IIAW Employee Benefits Agent of the Year

Chris Hanson & MattChris Hanson, principal of Hanson Benefits in Appleton, was named Employee Benefits Agent of the Year at the 2015 Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (IIAW) state convention in Wisconsin Dells.

IMG_5298“Chris consistently demonstrates an exemplary commitment to our Association, her business, and most importantly, her community,” said Matt Banaszynski, IIAW Executive Vice President. “This award recognizes her work to serve in the public’s best interest by holding herself to the highest ethical standards while working to insure the American Dream.”

The IIAW is one of the largest trade association’s in the state of Wisconsin with over 5,000 independent insurance agents selling property, casualty, life and health insurance.