Local innovation in health insurance brings affordability, unique plan design

Shelly Haberman
Insurance plan partnership

A recent partnership between Network Health, Hierl Insurance and Agnesian HealthCare is bringing a new health insurance option to employer groups in Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties. This new insurance plan, Assure Elite, allows businesses with two to 100 enrolled employees to offer quality health insurance coverage to their employees at a competitive, business-friendly rate.

Assure Elite is a hybrid level-funded health insurance plan. Level-funding is a cost-effective health plan funding solution that allows companies to benefit from the predictable, fixed monthly rates of a fully insured plan, while only paying for health care that employees receive. Assure Elite eliminates some of the cost concerns usually associated with self-funded plans, making them available to smaller, local businesses. The new plan offers an opportunity for an extended two-year (24 month) rate.

“Network Health is based right here in Wisconsin -  we’re local and we’ve been the go-to community health plan for 35 years,” said Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Network Health president and CEO. “This partnership with Hierl Insurance and Agnesian HealthCare provides affordable, high quality, local coverage to our communities, and it’s perfectly aligned with our mission to enhance the life, health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

Headquartered in the Fox Valley, Network Health covers more than 129,000 people throughout Wisconsin on its commercial, Medicare Advantage and individual health insurance plans. Network Health currently insures nearly 14,000 people throughout Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties.

Employers in Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties with two to 100 enrolled employees may contact Hierl Insurance to purchase Assure Elite plans from Network Health. Coverage under Assure Elite plans can begin as soon as August 1. Please contact Hierl Insurance at 920-921-5921 or hierlquotes@hierl.com for more information or to begin your quote. Network Health and Hierl Insurance also have plan options available for larger employer groups.

“Hierl Insurance has been offering high value employee benefit solutions to the greater Fond du Lac area for close to 100 years,” said Mike Hierl, president of Hierl Insurance. “We’ve been around for 100 years because we believe in taking proactive measures to stay ahead of market trends, and offer our clients dynamic, cost effective solutions to the challenges presented by the ever changing health care and benefit environment. Assure Elite is another step forward in that direction – a partnership with Agnesian HealthCare and Network Health that allows us to provide employers with a solution for quality, cost-effective care close to home. We’re excited to be able to bring this new product to market.”

Agnesian’s Know & Go program will serve as the wellness benefit for Assure Elite plans. The program provides tools, education and incentives to help plan participants live healthier.

“Agnesian HealthCare is excited to partner with Network Health and Hierl Insurance to offer an employer-sponsored health plan that provides cost certainty and improves the well-being of the citizens in the communities we serve,” according to Steve Little, Agnesian HealthCare president and chief executive officer.

“Network Health is always looking for innovative ways to serve our community and provide exceptional service to our members,” said Network Health’s Coreen Dicus-Johnson. “Health insurance affordability is a nationwide problem. Assure Elite is the local solution.”

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