Business Health Trust Video Highlights Our Unique Resources

Business Health Trust is your source for employee benefits, a resource for small employers, and your partner.

“Business Health Trust is so much more than just a provider of benefits,” member Mary Byrne with Total Property Services says in the above video. “They are a PARTNER in our success. At the onset of COVID closures they reached out to help. They found resources to provide us PPP, sent bulletins of the ever-changing rules of the state, plus much more. This is when I realized they were a partner, looking for ways to help us stay open and yet protect our employees and customers.”

At Business Health Trust, our mission is to serve Washington employers by providing great healthcare products and benefits to keep employees healthy, productive and thriving. Our comprehensive, affordable employee benefits are developed specifically to help small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofits offer competitive health insurance plans from leading regional and national carriers.

More than insurance, Business Health Trust also is a resource for small employers.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Health Trust provided Wellness Kits with hand sanitizing stations, face masks and more, to help members safely return to the office. Business Health Trust also helped coordinate COVID-19 vaccine clinics through a unique partnership that helped vaccinate more than 5,500 people in the Puget Sound Area.

As your partner, Business Health Trust can help you create a benefits program that attracts talent and keeps your employees healthy and productive — at a budget you can afford.

To learn more, please watch the above video or contact us at quote@businesshealthtrust.com.

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Eye Doctor Explains How Sight Can Impact School Performance

From our wellness partners at VSP Vision Care Inc.

My Secret Weapon for Preparing for Back-to-School Season

The mom in me resonates with pictures I find on social media…have you seen them? Disheveled parents looking dismayed because summer break is nipping at their heels. In the same shot, the kid(s) have a look of sheer bliss as summer break commences. Fast forward to back-to-school time and the same photos arise. However, the parents are seen jumping for joy, praising the back-to-school routine while the kids sulk with disappointment, lamenting the end of their summertime freedom.

I usually find comfort in the routine that the new school year brings. So often, this time is a reminder to prepare for the school year ahead, but also to navigate my family’s health and wellness.

As parents, our wish is to make sure our kids thrive and so often it starts with their health and wellness. We want our kids to eat the right foods, exercise, create healthy habits, experience self-confidence and achievement. But have you thought about their vision? A child’s eye health is essential for them to thrive not only in life, but also in school.

Speaking from experience, as a mom and an eye doctor, you would be surprised how many parents don’t think about their children’s vision primarily because they aren’t aware their kids are having trouble seeing. However, vision problems are all too common, as it is reported by Prevent Blindness America that 1 in 4 school age kids have a vision issue.

How your child’s brain processes visual information is a complex process. If your child isn’t seeing well, not using both eyes equally, or struggling to keep what he or she is reading clear, then the brain won’t process that information correctly. This can affect your child’s learning ability, personality and performance in school.

That is why it is so important that parents take their children for an eye exam with an eye doctor, even if they have had a school vision screening. While a school vision screening can catch bigger vision problems, many issues can go undetected with a screening alone. A comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist more accurately measures a child’s overall eye health by evaluating multiple aspects of a child’s vision; this includes the close-up skills essential for reading, tracking and focusing.

So how do we stay on top of our children’s eye health thus ensuring they thrive in life and school? When it comes to their vision, make it a priority! Utilizing the time during summer break is a great opportunity to make an eye-exam appointment before the back-to-school rush.

This is an article by VSP network eye doctor, Jennifer Wademan, OD. Dr. Wademan is a mom of two little girls and owner of Bidwell Optometry in Folsom, CA.

Business Health Trust Expands Offerings for Emerging Companies

As a source to help small businesses navigate the complex world of health insurance and employee benefits, Business Health Trust is taking the next step to help emerging companies stay competitive.

Through a partnership with ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Business Health Trust is now offering ABD Total Solution – Property and Casualty insurance to our venture-backed technology members.

More than health insurance, Business Health Trust is a resource offering the tools and programs small companies need to compete. ABD Total Solution is the premium insurance policy for companies that want to secure a competitive advantage with broad insurance coverage that’s easy to obtain and keeps up with you as you grow.

With ABD Total Solution through Business Health Trust, you can expect:

  • Expert risk consulting focused on technology companies.
  • Unmatched experience, having served thousands of venture-backed clients.
  • Global reach in more than 500 offices, in 100 countries on six continents.

For more information on this new way for venture-backed technology companies to secure competitive and broad insurance coverage in a fraction of the time, download the flyer, or get a quote by contacting 425.201.1972 or quote@businesshealthtrust.com.

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Are You Prepared for the WA Long-Term Care Act?

As a source to help small businesses navigate the complex world of health insurance and employee benefits, Business Health Trust has compiled valuable resources to help employers and employees understand the Washington Long-Term Care Act.

The new law mandating public long-term care (LTC) benefits for Washington residents will be funded by Washington wage earners via a 0.58% tax on employee wages.

Washington state residents who contribute to the program will become eligible to a lifetime benefit of $36,500 to pay for long-term services and supports (in Washington state).

Employees can receive an exemption from paying premiums if they have long-term care insurance before November 1, 2021, and apply for an exemption from October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.

For more information about the program, please watch our short video above, or visit our resources page with program details and helpful links: businesshealthtrust.com/tools.

If you are interested in pursuing a group policy for your small business, Business Health Trust has partnered with Allstate to provide a life insurance policy with a long-term care insurance rider. Please contact us at quote@businesshealthtrust.com for more information or help.

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BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month Resources for Business Health Trust Members

In honor of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month this July, Business Health Trust is reaching out with valuable resources for members with access to the employee assistance program through Wellspring EAP. Login at wellspringeap.org to access a curated list of resources specific to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) mental health awareness, or click the below links to attend unique live webinars and restorative micro-sessions.

These live events will be available on-demand 24 to 48 hours after the live session.

Webinar: BIPOC Mental Health Awareness

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (PST)
Register to Attend

Explore how anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma impact the BIPOC community in this webinar and learning conversation.

Facilitated by Sauntia Griffin, LSWAIC, MSW, M.Ed., an educator and mental health therapist, you’ll learn about common emotional and physiological experiences, and strategies and coping tools to implement for self-care.

This session will best support those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), allies, and those who would like to deepen their understanding.

Live Guided Restorative Micro-Sessions

Click on the title to attend these 15-minute guided restorative micro-sessions:

  • Checking In With Your Important People
    with Kaylee Torres
    July 15, 2021 – 10:00 AM (PST)
  • Nope Without Guilt
    with Summer Brown
    July 27, 2021 – 10:00 AM (PST)
  • Coping With Burnout
    with Summer Brown
    July 29, 2021 – 10:00 AM (PST)

About Wellspring’s Trainers

  • Sauntia Griffin, LSWAIC, MSW, M.Ed.
    Sauntia Griffin was born and raised in the Central District of Seattle, where she lives and practices therapy with teens and adults. Sauntia operates under a critically conscious, anti-oppressive framework, her goal being to provide a space that allows individuals to work through and grow into who they want to be. Sauntia earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Seattle University. She has practiced with Atlantic Street Center, Northwest Kidney Centers, as well as in private practice. She has been trained in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and a variety of techniques for evidence-based practice — regularly drawing from mindfulness and Gestalt approaches.
  • Summer Brown, LMFT
    Summer Brown self-identifies as a Black, Queer, Fat, Cis Woman. Summer is a Sex and Fat Positive, Social Equity Minded, Solution Focused, CBT, EMDR and Feminist Narrative therapist. She provides support for individuals throughout the lifespan, partnerships of any relationship style as well as family systems work. Summer prioritizes providing affirming, inclusive, client-directed, culturally competent care for marginalized communities (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other folks who hold systemically non-dominant identities). She provides AAMFT supervision as the Clinical Director of Therapeutic Change PLLC, group practice in Vancouver, Wash. Summer has taught at the Community College and graduate school levels with a focus on self-discovery and counseling skills development.
  • Kaylee Torres, MCFT Intern
    Kayle Torres is pursuing her Master’s in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy at Lewis and Clark College. She identifies as a queer, Asian and Pacific Islander, neurodiverse, femme person who is temporarily able-bodied and currently exists in a mid-size body. She provides individual, family, and relational therapy to teens and adults who identify as LGBTQIA+, Gender Diverse, all ethnicities, all body sizes, types and abilities. She approaches her work from a relational and ecosystemic lens, meaning she acknowledges that we exist in relation to other people and beings, as well as the land we occupy, and our daily life is impacted by larger systems including systems of oppression. She draw from Systems Theory, Intersectional and Feminist perspectives, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems and an Intergenerational framework in her therapeutic work with clients.

Confused About Wearing Masks Indoors? Public Health Has Answers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did before the pandemic without wearing a mask or socially distancing, and meanwhile all counties in Washington state are in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery with a full reopening expected June 30.

But what does that all mean exactly, especially for business owners who want to keep their employees and their customers safe?

Indoor Mask Directive Guidance for Businesses

If you have questions, Public Health — Seattle & King County has answers.

Check out this Indoor Mask Directive — Guidance for Businesses, to help you decide how to implement indoor mask guidelines.

Because there is no easy way to check vaccination status at this time, King County’s Local Health Officer Directive strongly urges businesses to continue implementing mask mandates for all employees and customers in indoor settings.

For companies that choose to allow fully vaccinated employees and customers to remove their masks, the directive suggests:

  1. Verify the vaccination status of everyone.
  2. Create a system of process to monitor that unvaccinated people continue to wear a mask.
  3. People who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing at all times.

For more details, please download the Indoor Mask Directive — Guidance for Businesses.

Gov. Jay Inslee also offers industry-specific information on the website COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers, including an overview of COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Requirements based on requirements from the Department of Labor and Industries.

A Vaccine and a Burger: BHT Partnership Teams Up with Dick’s Drive-In

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Business Health Trust continue to host 20+ community vaccination clinics throughout the region.

This weekend’s clinic will provide 300-600 or more Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses. Those who get vaccinated can get a Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants cheeseburger to go.

Students, faculty and staff can schedule appointments through Safeway’s website or simply walk-up from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 17 and 18 at Madrona Hall on the north end of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.

This clinic site is important because the UW recently announced students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by fall. Just like the national trends, COVID-19 patients being hospitalized in Washington state are now overwhelmingly young and middle-aged adults.

“Vaccine distribution is essential to recovery of our regional economy,” said Rachel Smith, President & CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are working hand-in-hand every day to respond to the biggest challenges in this pandemic. This moment in history calls for leadership, partnership and results – and we will continue to take action to drive outcomes that move us forward.”

The UW will provide the space, while Business Health Trust, the Chamber and Safeway will provide staffing and operational support to run the community vaccination center.

“We’re excited and grateful to see so many in our community choose to get vaccinated!” said Jasmine Donovan, President of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants. “What better way to celebrate than to enjoy a free cheeseburger with your vaccine? We’re really looking forward to the day when UW students are back on campus and back to normal.”

This partnership has facilitated 20+ clinics so far and will rotate back through previous clinic locations to offer the needed second doses where Moderna or Pfizer vaccines have been administered. Clinics are being held across the region in Bellevue, White Center, Everett, Tacoma, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Tukwila and now the University of Washington. The group is in the planning stages of even more clinics in Bellevue, Tukwila, Des Moines, the UW, and Renton.

“Our partnership is being thoughtful and strategic about where we bring vaccines, so we can reach those in our communities who are experiencing barriers to securing appointments,” said Business Health Trust’s Executive Director, Sarai Childs. “Our higher COVID-19 case and hospitalization trends for our young adult population is troubling, but more than that, it is a call to action. We will be right on students’ doorsteps with a vaccine, a cheeseburger and the hope that we will beat this virus together.”

Signups for the UW vaccine clinic are open now at kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/UW.

“Ensuring our students get vaccinated as soon as possible is so important for their health and our return to in-person instruction this fall,” said Sally J. Clark, Director, Regional & Community Relations. “Dick’s burgers have been part of the food pyramid for UW students for generations, so it’s great to have this partnership with the Chamber, Safeway and Dick’s.”

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Guided Micro-Sessions, Webinars and More in Mental Health Awareness Month

This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a result.

Business Health Trust, your source for employee benefits, partners with Wellspring EAP to provide a robust employee assistance program that supports BHT members through one-on-one meetings with a counselor and an extensive online platform, featuring stress-reduction webinars and videos, legal and financial resources and more.

This month, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Wellspring is offering a series of guided restorative sessions focused on self-care as well as a webinar on Understanding and Caring for Anxiety at noon May 26, 2021:

There has been so much going on in our collective system that has caused our bodies and brains to be on alert. Though our anxiety can often not feel great, it can also serve as a useful guide. In this hour-long webinar, you will learn how to listen to your anxiety from a somatic lens and how to make choices that honor your nervous system when you feel anxious. You’ll leave with more understanding around how the systems we live in impact our nervous systems, why anxiety can be useful, and somatic tools to help settle and listen to anxiety.

Live Guided Restorative Micro-Sessions

Click on the title to attend these 10- to 15-minute guided restorative micro-sessions:

Doctor giving a senior woman a vaccination

Partnership Breaks Down Vaccine Barriers in Bothell

Partnership brings 1,000 more COVID-19 vaccination appointments to King and Snohomish counties on April 28-29

BOTHELL – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, T-Mobile, QFC and Business Health Trust will host a community vaccination clinic in Bothell as the group aims to provide 17,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses throughout the region by mid-May.

The Bothell clinic will provide more than 1,000 vaccine appointments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28 and 29 at the T-Mobile offices at 22209 30th Drive S.E. Organizers are working with more than 20 community partners serving populations who have faced historic and ongoing exclusion, as well as seniors, to support equitable access to these appointments.

“T-Mobile is all in to support community vaccination efforts alongside the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce,” said Darcey Estes, VP of Real Estate and Facilities at T-Mobile. “Through these community vaccination clinics, we are glad to be doing our part to bring us all one step closer to finally emerging from this pandemic.”

The clinic, which is expected to deliver 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine per day, will be co-run by the partner businesses. While all residents ages 16 and older are now eligible for the vaccine, the Moderna vaccine is only approved for ages 18 and older.

“Vaccine distribution is essential to recovery of our regional economy,” said Rachel Smith, President & CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are working hand-in-hand every day to respond to the biggest challenges in this pandemic. This moment in history calls for leadership, partnership and results – and we will continue to take action to drive outcomes that move us forward.”

T-Mobile will provide the space, while Business Health Trust, the Chamber and QFC will provide staffing and operational support to run the new community vaccination center.

“QFC is guided by our values and our promise to Feed the Human Spirit. We work to help people live healthier lives, and vaccinations are an integral part of that,” said Chris Albi, president of QFC. “QFC, Fred Meyer and Kroger Health will be donating all professional services at vaccination sites, these services include scheduling, administering and observing the vaccinations.”

This will be the final first-dose clinic in this series for several weeks because the partnership will rotate back through previous clinic locations to offer the needed second doses. Clinics are being held across the region in Bellevue, White Center, Everett, Tacoma, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Georgetown, Capitol Hill and Tukwila.

“As vaccine eligibility has opened up more widely, it has become more challenging to secure a vaccine appointment,” said Sarai Childs, Executive Director of Business Health Trust. “We have targeted ZIP codes where barriers to vaccines are more likely to exist with the goal of ensuring that everyone in our communities who wants to be vaccinated can obtain an appointment.”

The clinics fill up fast. Signups for the Bothell vaccine clinic are available at qfc.com/covidvaccine. Search “Bothell,” then select “Bothell T-Mobile.” The clinic will not be able to accommodate walk-ups.

Volunteers are still needed. Come help your community and get vaccinated yourself. Sign up here.

Supporting this effort:

  • T-Mobile
  • QFC
  • Business Health Trust
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Advanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions
  • Bothell Chamber of Commerce
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • The Boeing Company
  • Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

5,500 and Counting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Through Business Health Trust Partnership

Business Health Trust is taking its core value to be a resource to employers throughout the Puget Sound region with COVID-19 vaccine clinics that so far have immunized 5,500 people and counting.

The clinics are being offered through a unique partnership between local grocery stores and business organizations, including Business Health Trust and its plan sponsor, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Each event needs about 50 to 60 volunteers to keep patients safely flowing through the pop-up vaccine clinics, and Business Health Trust members are among volunteers who have been willing to step up and help.

We first wrote about the clinics in the post Business Health Trust Partnership Provides COVID-19 Vaccine to Diverse Population, which highlighted a clinic in the White Center neighborhood where the diverse population has seen one of the highest rates of COVID-19 incidence in King County.

Since then clinics have taken place in Bellevue, Tacoma and Everett, with more likely as eligibility for the vaccine expands to all Washingtonians 16 and older as of April 15, 2021.

If you would like to be notified about future COVID-19 vaccine clinics as a patient or to volunteer, or if your company is interested in partnering, please fill out this survey.