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COVID-19 Anticipated Economic Impacts in Seattle and Washington

Business Health Trust (sponsored by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce) is Washington’s source for employee benefits, but we offer more than just insurance. Our core value is to be a resource to employers in Washington State to our 850+ employers in Washington State.

As part of our dedication to being a resource to employers, we partnered with Community Attributes to provide information that can aid business leaders in decision making as well as to highlight the needs of employers arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic in Washington State.

Download the analysis report here

March “Healthy Living” E-News Focuses on Coronavirus Resources

Usually during this time of year, Healthy Living with Business Health Trust turns its focus toward heading outdoors and fighting spring allergies. But with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continuing to impact us locally and globally, the March edition on Coronavirus Resources: Flyers, Links, Tips and More instead highlights tips to keep you safe and healthy, both at home and at the workplace.

Resources range from helpful flyers that encourage handwashing and other healthy behaviors, to links to our wellness partner including Premera Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente, as well as information on how to access their virtual care resources.

Read more, sign up and and see past editions on our Healthy Living archive.

Coronavirus Resources from Business Health Trust Wellness Partners

Updated on March 10, 2020.

The coronavirus outbreak is evolving on a daily basis, and Business Health Trust wants to help you keep your workplace and your family healthy with updated resources from our wellness partners and beyond.

Medical professionals are advising people to take the same precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of cold and flu to also help prevent coronavirus. We’ve compiled those tips in the following flyers that can be posted at your workplace or other gathering space:

Further tips are available from wellness partner Wellspring EAP:

For day-to-day updates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a dedicated Coronavirus Disease 2019 page that includes the latest travel guidelines and other time-sensitive information. Statewide updates are available daily on the Washington State Department of Health Coronavirus page.

Business Health Trust partner Premera Blue Cross also offers resources on a dedicated coronavirus page that is being updated as the situation continues to evolve. For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical coverage through Premera, please take note of the following important resources should you become ill or are just looking for some peace of mind:

  • TeladocTalk to a doctor by phone or video anytime, day or night. Be sure to sign up today so you can get care immediately when you need it. Teladoc visits are available at $0 copay through most Business Health Trust plans.
  • Talkspace — If you need somebody to talk to about your fears of coronavirus or other issues, Business Health Trust members enrolled in Premera also have access to on-demand professional therapy through Talkspace. The in-network behavioral telehealth provider gives you access to live video appointments and text messaging with a licensed clinician — anytime, anywhere.
  • Urgent Care or ER? — Not sure which resource is best for you? Check out our article “Need care? Know where to go — and what it will cost” with details to help you decide when to use the 24-hour Nurseline, Teladoc, Urgent Care or the Emergency Room.

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical through Kaiser Permanente, there is a dedicated 2019 Novel Coronavirus webpage with tips and resources, including information on the many ways to get care, including:

  • Online visit — Receive a treatment plan and, if needed, a prescription — without a trip to your doctor’s office. Register today to access online visits when you need them most.
  • CareClinic — Kaiser Permanente partners with 15 Bartell Drugs locations in the Puget Sound area to offer walk-in CareClinics staffed with Kaiser Permanente board-certified physician assistants and nurse practitioners who treat minor injuries and illnesses. View CareClinic locations.

These additional tips from Kaiser Permanente on how to “Supercharge your immune system” are also a great resource to help make healthy lifestyle choices that support your immune system year-round.

Why Should Employers Care About Virtual Care?

A recent U.S. study found that the average doctor visit took 121 minutes, including 37 minutes of travel time, 64 minutes of waiting time (both in waiting rooms and in exam rooms waiting for a practitioner) and just 20 minutes of face time with the doctor. These wait times take time away from work and life. These wait times cause employees to delay seeing a doctor and can cause spread of illness … resulting in more people taking time away from work.

Employers have a vested interest in virtual care and employee health and productivity. Virtual care can reduce indirect costs associated with employees missing work for doctor visits, showing up at work sick, or being off work with a chronic illness.

“Why do I care about virtual care?” Jane Billbe, SVP of Operations of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce puts it best: “One — I care deeply about my employees. Two — they have important jobs; I need them here at work. Three — it is more convenient for my employees and more cost-effective for both my employees and me as the employer.”

Virtual care is among the diverse resources offered through Business Health Trust, the employee benefits program available to Seattle Chamber member companies. To learn more, see the Wellness Resources available through Business Health Trust, or contact (425) 201-1972 quote@businesshealthtrust.com to get a quote today.

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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!

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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.

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.

Savor the Immune-Boosting Flavors of Fall with Our Healthy Living E-Newsletter

The falling leaves of autumn are a good excuse to head outside to enjoy the season, as well as a reminder to take advantage of the bountiful harvest that awaits. This month’s edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust features the flavors of fall with an immune-boosting Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili along with tips to help you manage your sugar cravings — just in time for the holidays!

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

Inspired Salads, School Lunches and More Wellness Tips in our Monthly E-News

With summer in full swing, it might be hard to believe that school soon will be back in session. Is your family prepared for the changing season?

This month’s edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust offers some help in the kitchen to make sure your kids — and you! — have delicious lunchtime options with 52 Quick and Easy School Lunch Ideas, along with plenty of tips from our wellness partners.

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