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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.

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.”

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership with Business Help Trust Continues March 10-11

After vaccinating 986 qualified members of the White Center community March 4-5, a partnership between local grocery stores and business organizations is bringing its COVID-19 vaccine clinic to Bellevue March 10-11.

Business Health Trust and its plan sponsor, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, along with QFC have announced that their ongoing partnership to bring more vaccine appointments to eligible individuals will continue this week at the T-Mobile offices in Bellevue.

“This week’s clinic is a great example of our business community working together on the urgent task of vaccination,” said Rachel Smith, president and CEO of the Seattle Chamber. “QFC’s donation of professional services at vaccination sites and scheduling support along with T-Mobile hosting the clinic site will make it possible for 900 people in King County to get their first dose of the vaccine this week.”

This partnership — which you can read more about in our post Business Health Trust Partnership Provides COVID-19 Vaccine to Diverse Population — is working together to distribute a limited supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by mobilizing the business community like T-Mobile to provide space and volunteers to support the effort.

“Bringing the business community together to proactively support these efforts is key to helping us reopen safely,” said Sarai Childs, executive director for Business Health Trust. “As we continue to work to support more vaccine clinics, we are dedicated to helping bridge barriers such as language that arise. This clinic will have pharmacists and or other volunteers that speak Vietnamese, Khmer, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Tamil, Ukranian, and sign language.”

The clinic is reserved for eligible individuals, including:

  • Anyone 65 and older
  • All people 50 and older in multi-generational households where two or more generations reside (such as an elder and grandchild)
  • High-risk health care workers in health care settings
  • High-risk first-responders
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • All other workers at risk in health care settings

Read more about the partnership in the article How an Army of Volunteers Helped Vaccinate Nearly 1,000 People in Two Days from The Stranger.

Health care worker withdrawing COVID-19 vaccine.

Business Health Trust Partnership Provides COVID-19 Vaccine to Diverse Population

Business Health Trust is among partners that are focusing on bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to diverse communities.

Throughout March, a partnership between local grocery stores and business organizations — including Business Health Trust and its plan sponsor, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce — is offering the vaccine to eligible recipients at pop-up clinics in White Center and Factoria.

“The partners truly came together in an impactful way to vaccinate hundreds of eligible people in the White Center community,” Sarai Childs, Executive Director of Business Health Trust, said about the first clinic in White Center on March 4, 2021. “We are committed to doing our part to bring businesses together to help get people vaccinated in a way that brings equity and access to all.

“We are so grateful for the dedicated teams at QFC, Fred Meyer, Comcast, White Center CDA and Evergreen High School who have been working hard to make this a reality.”

Quality Food Centers (QFC) and Fred Meyer announced March 4 that they had received a limited supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and hoped to inoculate to 900 qualified patients at Evergreen High School in White Center March 4-5.

“QFC is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives, and it has never been more important as we help to vaccinate the public,” said QFC President Chris Albi. “That is why QFC, Fred Meyer and Kroger Health will be donating all professional services at vaccination sites.”

The location was chosen to serve the eligible population in the diverse White Center neighborhood, which has had one of the highest rates of COVID-19 incidence in King County and where fewer than half of residents age 65 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Working with the White Center Community Development Association (CDA), this vaccination site will offer materials and translation in five languages: Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer and English.

QFC and Fred Meyer thanked the Seattle Chamber for partnering to locate a facility and provide logistical support.

“Today’s clinic is an exciting example of how we can work together to expand vaccine access in an inclusive way and get our whole community on the road to recovery,” said Rachel Smith, president and CEO of the Seattle Chamber. “We want to provide a model for future pop-ups in the region: businesses proactively thinking about the resources they can offer, organizations rooted in our communities bringing their expertise, and conveners like the Chamber bringing people together with the urgency this moment demands.”

The White Center clinic is reserved for residents in White Center and the immediately surrounding areas who are considered eligible including:

  • Anyone 65 and older
  • All people 50 and older in multi-generational households where two or more generations reside (such as an elder and grandchild)
  • High-risk health care workers in health care settings
  • High-risk first-responders
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • All other workers at risk in health care settings

More information is available on the White Center CDA Facebook page.

Stay Safe and Stay Open with Free Sanitizing Supply Kits for Small Businesses

Business Health Trust aims to be a resource to employers by providing affordable and comprehensive employee benefits. As our economy continues to open up, we want to ensure small businesses across our region have the supplies they need to keep their employees and customers healthy and safe this holiday season.

To support this goal, Business Health Trust has partnered with King County to offer Sanitizing Supply Kits at no cost to qualifying businesses in December. Each kit contains:

  • Hand sanitizer station with automatic dispenser and refill
  • Pump bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant approved by EPA to kill COVID-19
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Disposable masks
  • Posters and resources to promote employee safety

These will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis to businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Under 50 employees
  • Revenue is $2 million or below
  • Has a public-facing business where the primary service delivery is face-to-face in King County
  • Has experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Has not received grant funds to purchase these items previously
  • Operates in the following industries
    • Retail and/or grocery
    • Tourism
    • Childcare facility
    • Personal services

To learn more, download the Stay Safe and Stay Open flyer. For additional resources, Business Health Trust has compiled a list of local PPE suppliers.

Important Employment Law Update Available from Archbright

With our focus on helping small businesses navigate the complex word of health insurance and employee benefits, Business Health Trust would like to share an important resource from our partners at Archbright:

Free Webinar Recording: Pacific Northwest Employment Law Update 

Each year brings changes in employment and labor laws affecting employers, which is perhaps the only way 2020 is a typical year.

In this recorded webinar, Erin Jacobson, Director of Legal & HR Advice, and Joy Sturgis, Content Manager, review employment and labor law updates in 2020 at the federal level and those relevant to employers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Learn more and register at Archbright.com.

This valuable opportunity is available free of charge, and a great way to discover how Archbright’s HR, safety and legal advice could complement your business.

Through our exclusive partnership with Archbright, Business Health Trust members receive free access to Archbright’s online resources, as well as discounts on upgraded subscriptions.

For more information on Business Health Trust or how to access your Archbright membership, email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Event: Value-Based Care Virtual Summit

Please consider joining this free virtual event from our partners at Washington Health Alliance:

Event: Value-Based Care Virtual Summit
Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Featuring keynote speaker Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, the free virtual Value-Based Care Summit will examine obstacles and barriers to change for all stakeholders, and actively promote and support a more rapid acceleration of value-based payment models across our state.

For more information and to register, visit the event site.

BHT News June

June E-News: A Safe Return to the Workplace and the Great Outdoors

With much of Washington state and the rest of the nation moving toward reopening, Business Health Trust wants to make sure you have the resources you need to safely head back to the workplace.

Our June Healthy Living with Business Health Trust e-news offers resources to help you get stocked up with our new health and safety supplies website, and keep you informed with our updated COVID-19 Resources for Employers site. We’ll also help you head outdoors with 10 breathtaking Washington hiking trails, just be sure to follow safe social distancing practices.

Click here to see the June edition.

Click here to see past editions or to subscribe to Healthy Living.