Making Informed Decisions

Event: Seattle Chamber’s Business After Hours Board Summer Social

Wild about networking? Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Business After Hours Board Summer Social hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo! You can mix and mingle with other local business professionals as well as members of the Chamber’s Board of Trustees, and maybe even meet an animal or two.

  • Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA, 98103 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 6/20) for members; $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 6/20) for non-members
  • Additional Information: Check out the Chamber’s Summer Networking Pass and save! This is a 21 and over event.
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at (206) 389-7345

For more information, including the list of attending board members, please see the event listing on the Seattle Chamber’s website. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust; learn more about Business Health Trust’s partner associations on the Who We Are page.

Safeguard Your Smile

When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, your dental benefits are like a personal safety net for your mouth.

But unless you are taking advantage of things like preventive care cleanings, you might be putting your smile at risk.

The good news? For Business Health Trust members enrolled in dental coverage, everything you need to start using your dental benefits can be found online in your MySmile account. With your MySmile account, you’ll also be able to:

  • Monitor your benefits
  • Find a dentist near you
  • Get treatment estimates
  • Review your treatment history

For more tips like this, visit the oral health blog from Delta Dental of Washington.

Resources to Help Small Businesses Comply with Seattle’s New Commuter Benefits Ordinance

Another ordinance is on the horizon that could affect small businesses based in Seattle. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, businesses with more than 20 employees will be required under the city’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance to offer their employees the opportunity to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses.

For Seattle employers not already providing a commuter benefit that meets this new criteria, Business Health Trust has resources available to help its members.

Through its partnership with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, companies enrolled in Business Health Trust have access to discounts through Chamber partners including Commute Seattle, which can work with you to develop a cost-effective commute program that satisfies regulatory requirements.

More than just a benefits solution, Business Health Trust advocates for small business insurance needs in Washington. We are vigilant about staying on top of changes in the small business health insurance market and advocating for changes that benefit small businesses — nationally, and at the state and local level.

For more information on the Commuter Benefits Ordinance, click the following links:

For more information about the discounts available through Seattle Chamber membership, check out the Member Savings Toolkit or email membership@seattlechamber.com.

For more information or to be connected with Business Health Trust’s resources at Archbright or Commute Seattle, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Event: Diversity & Inclusivity Lunch & Learn

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber at its May Lunch & Learn on Inclusivity and Diversity in the Workplace. With an attendance size of 25-45 people, this lunch offers a great personal and social experience. Cost includes lunch.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: West of the Waterway
  • Address: 1901 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Members: $25
  • Non-Member: $30
  • Questions: Contact Alison Bryan, Events Planner, at 253.683.4881

This month’s speaker is Nic Townsend-Falck, who joined the Doty Group in 2016 after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Business Administration. He founded a non-profit that mentors up-and-coming artists and currently serves as the Director of Community Leadership Workshops for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. Nic is an active member with the Ambassador Club of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. During this workshop, Nic will focus on:

  • Developing a working vocabulary of preferable language surrounding marginalized identities
  • Identify resources to better understand state and federal policies and laws designed to protect people with marginalized identities
  • Encourage an appreciation for diversity among coworkers and learn about efforts to create more inclusive workplaces
  • Recognize personal implicit/unintentional biases and the impact they could have in the workplace

Nic will reinforce all of these learnings with an activity titled, “Trusted Ten,” an exercise that will get us to think about our workplace and the diverse groups of people one works with.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is an association partner of the Business Health Trust.

Business Health Trust Introduces Access to Behavioral Telehealth Provider Talkspace

Business Health Trust is taking its virtual care offerings one step further with the addition of Talkspace, a new in-network behavioral telehealth provider for members enrolled in Premera Blue Cross.

This valuable new service, which provides access to professional therapy without the travel or waiting room, launches today with the start of Mental Health Month.

To gain access, Business Health Trust members should register via Premera’s Talkspace page, choose a therapist, then text to set up their first video session.

With more than a million users, Talkspace offers:

  • A comprehensive behavioral health solution including outpatient therapy and psychiatry
  • National network of approximately 4,000 behavioral health providers across all 50 states
  • Live video appointments with in-app scheduling
  • Personalized provider match with a dedicated therapist relationship
  • Text messaging with providers – anytime, anywhere
  • Offered as a core provider in the Premera Blue Cross network with standard network rates
  • Stands out for customer experience
  • Clinically proven outcomes

For more information, go to the Talkspace FAQ page.

Kaiser Permanente is Top Performing Health Plan in Washington

2018 eValue8 survey results by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente’s HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four categories.

SEATTLE – Kaiser Permanente Washington’s care-and-coverage combined model earned top ranking in the nation for helping members manage acute conditions and helping members manage chronic conditions, according to the 2018 eValue8 survey results. Kaiser Permanente’s Washington state HMO plan was also rated No. 1 in the state for how well the health plan is meeting members’ needs, improving quality, and reducing the cost of care.

Kaiser Permanente underwrites the medical insurance available through the Business Health Trust’s Small-Group Community-Rated Program.

The just-released 2018 eValue8 survey results by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente’s HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four specific categories, among the six health plans included in the survey:

  • Members get and stay healthy
  • Members manage acute conditions
  • Members manage chronic conditions
  • Physician and hospital measurement, management, and payment

“At Kaiser Permanente, our dedicated staff consistently strive to provide the best, most effective, and most affordable care,” said Susan Mullaney, regional president of Kaiser Permanente Washington. “We’re proud that the 2018 eValue8 survey shows Kaiser Permanente Washington has the most effective programs in the nation among the 40 health plans surveyed, for members to control chronic and acute conditions.”

The unique care-and-coverage combined model means members have a single integrated network meeting their health care needs. Primary and specialty care, pharmacy, and labs are usually all under one roof to help make care more convenient. Care is driven by value and effectiveness, not fee-for-service, and research and continuous innovation mean patients get excellent care.

“Kaiser Permanente physicians focus solely on doing what’s best for patients’ health so they can get well and stay well,” said Steve Tarnoff, MD, president and CEO of Washington Permanente Medical Group. “This survey confirms that we are meeting the promise of providing excellent, effective care.”

Kaiser Permanente’s popular model is expanding quickly in Washington and the organization is adding four additional medical offices in 2020, in addition to a new facility recently opened in Gig Harbor.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, which includes Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: about.kp.org.

Ways to Save as a Member of Business Health Trust

Business Health Trust was started by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2007 so that small businesses and non-profits could offer their employees the health benefits they need to stay competitive, and provide health insurance for groups that might not otherwise be able to afford coverage.

Since then, Business Health Trust has expanded its reach across the state through association partnerships with:

Membership in any of the above automatically qualifies you for Business Health Trust (at no additional cost), and all the advocacy, resources and savings that go along with it. You can join any Chamber or association, regardless of where your business is located and still qualify for benefits through Business Health Trust.

As the plan sponsor, the Seattle Chamber offers robust cost savings for your business through its Member Savings Toolkit, including:

  • Discounts of 10% to 55% percent on common office expenses including credit card processing fees and office supplies
  • Savings on business services such as human resources, high-speed internet and phone, and email marketing tools
  • Discounts up to 50% on retail ORCA passes for employees
  • Reduced venue rentals at the Seattle Chamber’s Microsoft Events Center

Learn more about other benefits available to members of Business Health Trust on the What We Offer page.

Preventive Care Pays Off

For Business Health Trust partner Delta Dental of Washington, preventive care means having a healthy smile that doesn’t break the bank.

But research by the American Dental Association shows the majority of patients don’t see the dentist due to finances. This is a problem because ignoring mouth and tooth pain can lead to something much more painful (and expensive) over time.

Fortunately, getting proper oral care doesn’t have to break your personal budget. Use these tips to get help make preventive care a regular and affordable part of your oral care routine.

Step 1 – Activate Your free MySmile account. All you need is your Delta Dental ID number.

Step 2 – Learn about your dental plan and get familiar with how it works.

Step 3Find a dentist If you don’t have one already.

Step 4 – Get your teeth cleaned every year. Your insurance covers it!

Step 5 – Use our cost estimator tool to avoid surprises, just in case you do need dental treatment.

For more tips like this, visit Delta Dental of Washington’s oral health blog.

Ready for Spring? Boost Your Immune System Now to Start the Season Strong!

Did you see the February edition of “Healthy Living with Business Health Trust“?

Our monthly newsletter offers small employers in Washington the information and tools they need to design and manage a competitive employee benefits program, help their employees make good use of medical and wellness benefits, and keep up-to-date on policy issues that affect small businesses in the state.

Subscribe today to stay up-to-date with Business Health Trust!

 

Is Your Mouth Ready for the Most Romantic Day of the Year?

When was the last time you showed your teeth some love? If it’s been a while, chances are that you may not be ready for Valentine’s Day, which is almost here! That means right now is the perfect time to focus on making sure your mouth (and your breath) are in tiptop shape and ready for anything the month of romance may bring.

To help you get a head start on Valentine’s Day, here are some of the best tips we’ve put together to ensure you have the cleanest kisser for the month of February.

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Tip #1 – Get Your Teeth Deep Cleaned

If you haven’t done so, the beginning of the year is a good time to get your yearly teeth cleaning done. A deep clean will help give your mouth the jump start it needs to keep your breath fresh for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Before you make an appointment, make sure to activate your MySmile account so you can get familiar with your benefits and options available to you.

Tip #2 – Clean Your Tongue Regularly

It’s not romantic, but the truth is that our mouth and tongue are inundated with bacteria. One of the best (and most forgotten) ways to combat bacteria in your mouth is to brush your tongue regularly with a tongue scraper. You’ll know your tongue is squeaky clean because it will be a fleshy pink color.

Tip #3 – Get Rid of Bad Breath

Bad breath is not only the ultimate mood killer, but it can also cause major health problems down the line if left untreated. An easy first step you can take to get rid of bad breath is to start flossing every day and night. Because flossing keeps bacteria from building up in the small nooks and corners of your teeth, you’ll have much fresher breath that you and your valentine can enjoy.

* Delta Dental of Washington, 2019