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Memorial Day Message 2021

On Memorial Day 2021 we are featuring RANGER VALOR named in honor of the life of LT TYLER HALL BROWN. Valor Service Dogs Lt. Tyler Hall Brown Online Memorial  Tyler, an Airborne Army Ranger, was killed in 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. May 27th is the 43 anniversary of his birth. “Honoring Tyler by Honoring …

BlueCross BlueShield Settles Suit for $2.67 Billion

As you may have heard, for the past eight years, BlueCross BlueShield has been involved in a legal dispute challenging their licensing agreements.  After eight years of litigation, BCBS has not admitted fault, but they have agreed to a settlement to end the litigation.  In the settlement, BCBS agreed to a settlement of approximately $2.67 …

Success takes flight with objectives

If I am going birding, there is one question I must answer before I set out. And that same question has to be answered before I can suggest a wellness solution to an employer. Whether we are looking for birds or looking to implement a wellbeing strategy, knowing our objective is critical to success. In …

The Question Behind the Question

I recall as a kid getting into a lot of trouble. Harmless trouble, mind you. Growing up in what was then the middle of nowhere in South Fulton County where our nearest neighbor was a half-mile away, there wasn’t much trouble you could get into that harmed other people. Shooting each other with BB guns, …

Tips to Get a Georgia COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

Effective March 30, 2021 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has opened the COVID 19 vaccine eligibility to all over the age of 16.  With this increase in eligibility, The Benefit Company thought you and your employees may find this as a helpful resource if searching for a vaccine location. TBC does not endorse or support any …

Hidden Taxes in Healthcare Finance

“Follow the Money” is a phrase that became popular following the 1976 film “All the Presidents Men.” So, let’s “Follow the money” in healthcare to help us understand how Medicare and Baby Boomers impact your Employer-based Health Insurance costs. Before doing so, it’s important to understand a few dynamics in our country.  First, consider the …

We are making sure you are aware of ongoing negotiations between Wellstar Health System and Cigna.  Cigna’s current contract with Wellstar ends on March 31, 2021. Cigna is now sending written notifications to Cigna members who have received care from Wellstar within the last 12 months.  Negotiations between CIGNA or any insurance company and a …

COVID-19 Testing Charges Explained

   Should my COVID-19 Test be Free? At this point, nearly everyone has either had a COVID-19 test or knows someone who has dealt with testing procedures.  As expected, there have been some difficulties along the way.  Some people are paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket while others pay nothing.  This post focuses …

3 Important Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Information accurate as of 02/04/21 and applies to State of Georgia residents only. Who can get the vaccine? The vaccine will be administered in phases as determined by the state health agencies.  Below are the phases for Georgia. We are in Phase 1A+ Healthcare workers Staff and residents at long-term care facilities Adults aged 65+ and …

Income Protection The Foundation of a Sound Financial Plan

Few assets are more valuable to an individual than their ability to earn an income over their lifetime.  For many, this can mean millions of dollars over the course of a career.  Income is like the gas in the tank of your financial life, enabling you to pay the mortgage and basic living expenses, provide …