Tacoma Waterfront with Mount Rainier in background.

Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020 on Jan. 15

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for this breakfast event with the 2020 annual forecast of the area’s economic well-being. These insights on the local, regional and national aspects of the economy make this an invaluable event for local businesses who want assistance in determining their business outlook.

  • Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2020
  • Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Time: 7 – 9 a.m.
  • Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center
  • Address: 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Cost: $100 pre-paid ($110 walk-in) for members; $120 pre-paid ($140 walk-in) for non-members; $1,000 corporate table sponsor; $1,200 premier table sponsor
  • Questions: Contact Alison Bryan

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

Tips for “Healthy Living” Through the Holidays and Beyond!

The holidays offer the ideal time to reflect on the past year, while also setting expectations for your family’s annual holidays traditions.

If it’s time for a change, the December edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust offers tips to help you introduce new holiday traditions as families evolve. We even offer a new dessert tradition for a more naturally sweetened Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti!

Speaking of food and nutrition, we also take a look at the top health food trends of 2019, and help you separate hype from fact.

To read more, take a look at the December Healthy Living with Business Health Trust, or subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter today!

New Health Plan, New Doctor?

From our wellness partners at Washington Health Alliance.

It’s that time: you are considering a new health plan or choosing between several plans. But with a new plan, will you still be able to see your doctor, or will you need to find someone new? Before signing up for a new health plan, check to see if your preferred doctors, clinics and hospitals are covered.

“What is a provider network?”
Each health plan contracts with specific health care providers and facilities. This is called a “provider network” and it varies from plan to plan. Even two plans offered by the same insurance company can have different provider networks. For the lowest costs, make sure you are going to an in-network provider or hospital for your care. Depending on the type of plan, out-of-network providers and hospitals could be MUCH more expensive.

“I want to keep my doctor.”
If you already have doctors you like, check to see if they are in the plan’s provider network. The provider directories are usually on an insurance company’s web site. But the lists could be out of date. If you don’t see your doctor in the directory, call your doctor and ask if they are covered under that plan. If you have a preferred hospital, check to make sure it is in-network as well.

“I need to choose a new doctor.”
Maybe you don’t have a preferred provider or hospital. Or maybe your plan options do not cover your preferred doctor. First, try selecting a plan with many in-network providers close to your office or home. You can then use the Community Checkup to compare the quality of care different clinics provide.

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Event: Toast of Seattle at Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle – Broadway on Jan. 17

Bring in the new year with new connections that are guaranteed to broaden your professional network! Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the Silver Cloud Broadway to kick off the first Toast of Seattle of the year. With three rounds of structured networking, you’re guaranteed to meet new professional contacts, and have a great time!

About the Host

The Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle – Broadway has a lovely design and energy to offer in this trendy neighborhood of Capitol Hill. This downtown Seattle hotel welcomes travelers for both business and leisure. Located just nine blocks away from the downtown area Silver Cloud offers fine restaurants, shopping and theaters. They are also proud to present their very own restaurant Jimmy’s on Broadway which offers the same energetic atmosphere and culinary experience as other popular Jimmy’s locations.

About Toast of Seattle

The Toast of Seattle is one of the Chamber’s most successful networking programs. We take the stress out of networking with three structured rounds — in the style of speed dating! Each person at a table has two minutes to introduce themselves and speak about their business. At the end of each round, everyone changes tables and starts again. You’re guaranteed to meet over 20 people in 2 hours, and will, without a doubt, have a great time!

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness

From our wellness partners at Wellspring EAP.

All relationships exist on a spectrum from healthy to abusive with unhealthy somewhere in the middle.

Check out the Relationship Spectrum below to see where your relationship falls.

A healthy relationship means that both you and your partner(s) are:

  • Communicating: You talk openly about problems and listen to one another. You respect each other’s opinions.
  • Respectful: You value each other as you are.
  • Trusting: You believe what your partner has to say. You do not feel the need to “prove” each other’s trustworthiness.
  • Honest: You are honest with each other, but can still keep some things private.
  • Equal: You make decisions together and hold each other to the same standard.
  • Enjoying personal time: You enjoy spending time apart, alone or with others. You respect each other’s need for time apart.
  • Making mutual sexual choices: You talk openly about sexual and reproductive choices together. All partners willingly consent to sexual activity and can safely discuss what you are and are not comfortable with.
  • Economic/financial partners: You and your partner have equal say with regard to finances. All partners have access to the resources they need.
  • Engaging in supportive parenting: All partners are able to parent in a way they feel comfortable with. You communicate together about the needs of the child(ren), as well as the needs of the parents.​

You may be in an unhealthy relationship if one or more partners is:

  • Not communicating: When problems arise, you fight or you don’t discuss them at all.
  • Disrespectful: One or more partners is not considerate of the other(s).
  • Not trusting: One partner doesn’t believe what the other says, or feels entitled to invade their privacy.
  • Dishonest: One or more partners tells lies.
  • Trying to take control: One partner feels their desires and choices are more important.
  • Only spending time with your partner: Your partner’s community is the only one you socialize in.
  • Pressured by the other into sexual activity: One partner uses pressure or guilt on the other to have sex or do anything sexual at any point.
  • Ignoring a partner’s boundaries: It is assumed only one partner is responsible for making informed decisions.
  • Unequal economically: Finances are not discussed, and/or it is assumed only one partner is in charge of finances.

Abuse is occurring in a relationship when one partner:

  • Communicates in a way that is hurtful, threatening, insulting or demeaning.
  • Mistreats the other: One partner does not respect the feelings, thoughts, decisions, opinions or physical safety of the other.
  • Accuses the other of cheating or having an affair when it’s not true: The partner who accuses may hurt the other in a physical or verbal way as a result.
  • Denies that the abusive actions are abuse: An abusive partner may try to blame the other for the harm they’re doing, or makes excuses for abusive actions or minimizes the abusive behavior.
  • Controls the other: There is no equality in the relationship. One partner makes all decisions for the couple without the other’s input.
  • Isolates the other partner: One partner controls where the other one goes and who they talk to. They may isolate their partner from family and friends.
  • Forces sexual activity or pregnancy: One partner forces the other to have sex, or do anything they don’t want to do sexually at any point. In relationships where pregnancy is a physical possibility, one partner may force the other to become pregnant.
  • Exerts economic control: One partner controls the money and access to resources. Having an open dialogue about finances is not an option. This may include preventing a partner from earning an income or not allowing a partner access to their own income.
  • Engages in manipulative parenting: One partner uses the child(ren) to gain power and control over the other partner, including telling the child(ren) lies or negative things about the other partner.

If you feel your relationship may be unhealthy or abusive, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat live 24/7/365 via their website at https://www.thehotline.org/.

Source: Relationship Spectrum, National Domestic Violence Awareness Hotline, https://www.thehotline.org/healthy-relationships/relationship-spectrum/ Retrieved 10/16/2019

Business Health Trust members enrolled in an Industry Health Trust have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Business Health Trust, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Get Tips for a Stress-Free, Fun-Filled Thanksgiving

Let the holiday season be all about fun, family and wellness with help from the November edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust. From 8 simple holiday hosting tips to flu shot resources and more, our wellness partners have you covered!

If you’re not already a subscriber, click here to receive our wellness tips in your inbox each month and see past editions.

More importantly, have a stress-free, fun-filled Thanksgiving!

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Access HR Support at a Discount as a Business Health Trust Member

As a Business Health Trust member, you already have free access to valuable HR resources through your complimentary Archbright Online Membership.

For Business Health Trust members who want additional HR support, Business Health Trust and Archbright have also partnered to provide an exclusive Bronze membership just for you.

2019 Bronze Membership, exclusive to Business Health Trust Online Members

Bronze membership provides access to key resources to help support your company’s HR function, including:

  • HR Hotline — HR compliance guidance at your fingertips. Simply email or call our HR Advisors with your HR concerns and questions.
  • HR Toolkit — Online access to hundreds of vetted policies, forms and keynotes.
  • Publications & eAlerts — Our monthly newsletter Insights and email bulletins on important compliance news.
  • HR Snapshot — A quick online assessment of the health of your HR function.
  • Archbright Surveys — Survey Reports included for first year of membership. Then, participate in a survey and receive the report for free.
  • HR Recertification Credits — Employees of member companies can earn up to 12 HRCI credits due to Archbright membership.
  • 10% Discount on List Price for Services (some exceptions apply).
  • 20% discount off your first 12 months’ dues.

Current 2019 Bronze dues: $149/month (reg. price)

Business Health Trust’s 2019 Bronze Dues: $119.20/month (20% off)

Dues are subject to change for 2020, but your 20% discount terms apply!

To find out more about Bronze membership, visit Archbright.com, or contact info@archbright.com, 206.329.1120 or 509.381.1635.

Event: Executive Speaker Series on Life Sciences

Join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to learn more the fast-growing life sciences industry, currently represented by more than 1,100 life science organizations located in 110 cities spanning Washington, with the sector adding new life science firms at the rate of about 80 per year.

  • Event: Executive Speaker Serires on Life Sciences
  • Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber, 1301 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Cost: $45 pre-paid ($55 as of 11/27) for members; $70 pre-paid ($110 as of 11/27) for non-members
  • Questions: Contact Hannah Holman at 206-389-7216

Did you know?

  • Life science employment jumped around 15 percent in Seattle from 2014-2017, and life sciences employment statewide has grown to more than 90,000 jobs.
  • The life sciences industry represented $22.7 billion in total economic activity and contributed $11.5 billion in value-added activity to the state’s gross domestic product in 2017.
  • In 2017, the Seattle area took in $577 million in venture capital for life sciences endeavors.

A panel of experts will discuss the opportunities for our region to capitalize on in this flourishing sector, as well as the challenges that lie ahead, including workforce shortages and state funding.

About the Executive Speaker Series
The monthly Executive Speaker Series events each focus on a unique industry and feature top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities facing their sector.

The Seattle Chamber is the plan sponsor of Business Health Trust.

 

Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers

From our wellness partners at Wellspring EAP.

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Make sure you’re eating healthybeing active and taking time for yourself.

Dealing with Feelings of Frustration and Guilt

Caregiving, especially from a distance, is likely to bring out many different emotions, both positive and negative. Feeling frustrated and angry with everyone, from the care recipient to the doctors, is a common experience. Anger could be a sign that you are overwhelmed or that you are trying to do too much. If you can, give yourself a break: take a walk, talk with your friends, get some sleep — try to do something for yourself.

Although they may not feel as physically exhausted and drained as the primary, hands-on caregiver, long-distance caregivers may still be worried and anxious. Sometimes, long-distance caregivers feel guilty about not being closer, not doing enough, not having enough time with the person, and perhaps even feeling jealous of those who do. Many long-distance caregivers also find that worrying about being able to afford to take time off from work, being away from family, or the cost of travel increases these frustrations. Remember that you are doing the best you can given the circumstances and that you can only do what you can do. It may help to know that these are feelings shared by many other long-distance caregivers — you are not alone in this.

Taking Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself if one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Make sure you are making time for yourself, eating healthy foods and being active. Consider joining a caregiver support group, either in your own community or online. Meeting other caregivers can relieve your sense of isolation and will give you a chance to exchange stories and ideas. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

Caregiving is not easy for anyone — not for the caregiver and not for the care recipient. There are sacrifices and adjustments for everyone. When you don’t live where the care is needed, it may be especially hard to feel that what you are doing is enough and that what you are doing is important. It often is.

Learn about sharing caregiving responsibilities with friends and family.

Source: National Institute on Aging, Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers, retrieved 11/11/2019, from https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/taking-care-yourself-tips-caregivers

Business Health Trust members enrolled in an Industry Health Trust have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Business Health Trust, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Prepare for Flu Season with Business Health Trust

With cold and flu season just getting started, now is the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. It’s easy to do if you’re enrolled in Business Health Trust’s medical coverage through Premera Blue Cross or Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical with Kaiser Permanente, the flu vaccine is covered as an in-network preventive service for all Kaiser Permanente members; deductibles and coinsurance my apply.

Flu vaccinations are available at all Kaiser Permanente medical offices. Get your vaccine during a regular appointment, or drop by your clinic between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some injection rooms are closed at lunchtime). You can also get your vaccine at a CareClinic inside several Bartell Drugs locations.

Learn more about Immunizations, vaccinations, and shots: What they are and how they can save your life.

Premera Blue Cross

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical with Premera Blue Cross, your flu shot is free* if you go to an in-network doctor or pharmacy. Employers can make it even easier to support a healthy workplace by setting up an on-site flu shot clinic.

Not sure whether the flu vaccine is for you? Read these 5 popular myths about the flu shot.

*If the flu shot is your only reason for your office visit, the visit will be fully covered. If you have other care or services as part of the office visit, you may responsible for all or part of the cost of the visit. You may need to pay up-front at your pharmacy. Go to premera.com to download and submit a medical claim form to be reimbursed.