Category Archives: Hanson Benefits News

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

 Hanson Benefits ( 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.

Fall Internship Available at Hanson Benefits

iStock_000036735692MediumWe are looking an intern to help assist with essential functions of our growing agency! The skills we seek from an intern include: ability to quickly learn to how to create insurance quotes, accuracy in recording valuable client data, respect and adherence to client confidentiality, effective and accurate writing, verbal communication with empathy, and the ability to take initiative with minimal supervision.

Job responsibilities are focused on establishing and maintaining superb client relationships. They include, but not limited to: on-line carrier (insurance) quoting, documenting incoming and outgoing client communication in the GBS database, assisting with incoming prospect information preparation, answering incoming calls and executing associated tasks.

Please send a resume, cover letter and two letters of reference by September 30, 2015 to Include “Hanson Benefits Intern Application” in the subject line.

PCORI Fees Go Up Again

The IRS will raise PCORI fees for plans Ending October 1, 2014

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee has gone up from $2.00 for each enrolled individual to $2.08 for plans ending on or after October 1, 2014 and before October 1, 2015.

To view the report of increase from the IRS, click here

As in previous years, our local health insurance carriers will pay the PCORI fee on behalf of fully-insured group health plans. Some of our clients see the additional fees on their own statements, which means the additional fees are being passed on to them.

According to IRS notice 2014-56, sponsors of self-insured group health plans, including some HRAs and health FSAs, must complete the filing process themselves using IRS Form 720.

The PCORI fees are set to continue until 2019. For more information, visit the FAQ section of the IRS website.

If you have any questions about this fee notice or know of someone in need of Health Insurance, call us at 955-1040. We are here to help you navigate through the maze of health insurance complexities.

Hanson Selected to Serve on State Board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

iiawWhen the Wisconsin Employee Benefits Advisors (WEBA)  voted unanimously last month to merge into the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (IIAW), they added extensive experience and leadership regarding employee benefits and health insurance.

Among those changes was selecting Chris Hanson, an Appleton-based health insurance consultant and agent, to the Board of Directors for the IIAW. She has over 25 years of experience in health care and health care insurance. Her business, Hanson Benefits, helps individuals find health insurance on and off the Health Care Exchange. Her past leadership roles include terms as Current Vice-President of the Wisconsin Employee Benefits Advisors, Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan (HIRSP) Board, and Past President of the Fox Valley Chapter of Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters.

“The IIAW’s strong membership base of over 6,000 licensed agents in Wisconsin and our expertise in the employee benefits/health insurance helps not only small business owners, but all Wisconsin residents in purchasing health insurance for themselves and their families in 2014.  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.