Sutter Health Plus News & Trends

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Sutter Health Remains Committed to Growing its HMO

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Affordability

Sutter Health Plus anticipates another strong year

As Sutter Health Plus gears up for another busy open enrollment season, the not-for-profit HMO continues to exceed membership targets and is expected to end the year with 48,000 members. In fact, in 2015 the health plan experienced a 260 percent growth rate. Customer renewals are strong—at over 90 percent.

Sutter Health is pleased with the growth and geographic expansion of Sutter Health Plus, and the not-for-profit network remains committed to growing its health plan. Sutter Health Plus aligns with Sutter Health’s overall mission of providing communities with affordable access to high-quality care.

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A Must-Have Checklist for Open Enrollment That Every Employer Needs

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Affordability

 In this article published on September 8, 2016 in California Broker Magazine, Rob Carnaroli, vice president of Sales, Sutter Health Plus, discusses how brokers can help employers prepare for a smooth open enrollment process.  Sutter_Health_Plus_Rob_Carnaroli_6x9_7606

Open enrollment is fast approaching for many employers. Advance preparation can make the difference between a positive experience and one that frustrates you, your clients and their employees. As a broker, you can help your clients with a smooth and hassle-free process by addressing a number of important items:

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U.S. News & World Report Names Sutter Health Plus Network Hospitals Among Best in California

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Quality

Six hospitals within the Sutter Health Plus network achieved recognition today as among the best hospitals in California for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings rate top hospitals in the state and in major metropolitan regions, as well as top hospitals according to their performance across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

Sutter Health Plus network hospitals recognized among the top 50 in the state and top 10 in their metro area include:

San Francisco metro area

  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Mills-Peninsula Health Services
  • Sequoia Hospital (Redwood City)

Sacramento metro area

  • Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center

San Jose metro area

  • El Camino Hospital

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Five Top Employee Benefits Questions and How to Answer Them

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Access, Affordability

In this article originally published on June 24, 2016 in BenefitsPRO, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing Monica Majors discusses the five top-of-mind employer benefit issues and how to respond to them effectively.  

Legislative changes continue to markedly affect the health benefits marketplace. Employers and their workers face challenges on a number of fronts. Along with those challenges come questions that range from current and future requirements of health care reform, to providing adequate plan coverage that serves employees well.

By understanding the top-of-mind employer benefit issues and responding to them appropriately and effectively, brokers and advisors can better serve existing clients, attract new ones, and help employees protect themselves and their families going forward. Read More

Eight Reasons Small Businesses May Benefit from Working with an Insurance Broker

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Affordability

In this article published on June 16, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing Monica Majors discusses eight reasons small-business owners may benefit from working with an insurance broker.

Small-business owners take on multiple roles in their companies out of necessity, but being a health plan expert doesn’t need to be one of them.

In order to maximize employee benefits, minimize costs and administrative work, and get help understanding the complexities of health care regulations, many small-business owners look to the expertise of a qualified health insurance broker.

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Three Ways Advisers Can Simplify Benefits for Small and Midsize Employers

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Affordability

Monica_Majors_6x9_7389By Monica Majors

Originally published on June 3, 2016 in the Employee Benefit Advisor 

Owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses have plenty on their plates. Their focus is on running their businesses, and employee benefits are usually not their area of expertise. Often lacking the resources to employ full-time staff to keep up on frequent health benefit changes, small businesses need outside help to navigate the evolving world of benefits.

Agents, brokers and producers — the advisers — deliver real value to smaller employers by helping them find the right budget-friendly benefit packages that meet the needs of their employees. Doing so requires that advisers have more than a salesperson’s mindset. To succeed and strengthen the customer bond, advisers must interpret and simplify rules, explain product offerings and the numbers behind them, and decipher and advise on regulatory matters. Read More

Five Ways Employers Can Keep Benefit Plans Simple

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Access

Monica_Majors_6x9_7389In this article published on June 2, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing Monica Majors explains how to navigate the complex details of health plan benefits packages for small-to-midsize employers.

Nearly 60 percent of California businesses offer health coverage to workers as a benefit of employment, according to a 2014 California Employer Health Benefits survey. Major shifts in the health payer industry due to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) have changed the way health plans do business and the plan options available to small and large group employers. Read More