Study for industry-wide health care plan developed with the assistance of a third-party administrator and utilizing the current Federal ERISA laws already on the books will close August 16, 2019
It’s been nearly 2 months since the JHJ Magazine health care options study portal opened, and Ann Glynn, publisher and editor of JHJ Magazine, wants to let members of the jewelry industry know there are only a few more weeks remaining to register to participate in the JHJ Magazine Health Care Options portal study.
“After more than a year of working to provide health care insurance options for the jewelry industry, we have been able to achieve some significant movement, and have had an incredible response from industry members who are excited to participate in our study,” said Ann Glynn, publisher and editor of the JHJ (Jewelers Helping Jewelers) Magazine.
The program, which models one currently active and available to a group of churches based throughout the United States, is designed to offer quality health care insurance, with a choice of plan benefits and lower premiums for everyone in the jewelry industry. The plan is anticipated to be PPO-based, with guaranteed acceptance as well as coverage for pre-existing conditions, says Glynn.
Glynn says partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield independent agent Jonathan Johnson made the process smoother.
Johnson, an Independent BCBS Agent licensed in Louisiana as well as Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida said: “As you may be aware, some parts of the Association plans are in the very beginning stages of development. However, with the assistance of a Third-Party Administrator and utilizing the current Federal ERISA laws already on the books (as they pertain to group health/across state lines/legal formation of groups for health insurance/significantly lower rates for members based on the self-funded nature of claims), we feel very confident that this is a model that will be able to be duplicated for the jewelry industry. As an agent with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, I have been working with Ann Glynn and her benefits team to explore how much of a savings members of the jewelry industry community can receive through a true Association health insurance plan.”
Access to the Health Care Insurance Study Options portal is available to every segment of the jewelry industry, including retail, wholesale, sales representatives and service support vendors, watchmakers, bench jewelers, consultants, pawnshop owners, jewelry designers and specialty shops. Every member of the jewelry industry who is serious about changing their current health care plan is encouraged to register online at: https://www.jewelryassociationportal.com/