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Needed: recommendation on health insurance broker / agent

Arranging health insurance, what a pain. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good insurance broker who covers Oregon and Washington?

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Kristann Orton
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Kristann Orton Entrepreneur • Advisor
Helping clients design at the intersection of business goals and technology needs | Innovation Catalyst
I use LifeWise. I don't know about "good", but they provide adequate coverage for me and my family - 2 years and no complaints so far.
Paul Ruderman
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Founder & CEO, UpdateZen (www.updatezen.com)
Preferred Benefits Group, based in NJ, but they do national. Jeff Benedict is the owner, and knowledgeable:[removed to protect privacy]

Also, try the new online payroll company for startups for zenpayroll - supposedly they automate a whole bunch of this stuff for you. But i've not used them yet, so don't quote me.
Jonathan Vanasco
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Jonathan Vanasco Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder at Aptise
We qualified for a state plan (NY), but I had spoken to a few places.

The best rates, by far, came from a small local broker. The larger benefits companies and HR automation groups wanted substantially more. IIRC, going through local broker was $350 & $500 for the plans we were interested in; essentially same plan (different name, slightly different features, but same provider/core benefits/etc) through some of the other places was $550 & $900.
Juston Brommel
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Juston Brommel Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Trinet.com is awesome. all HR, benefits, legal, etc. for employees. Saves headache for busy startups.
Todd Ellermann
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Todd Ellermann Entrepreneur
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Going to try and put my cynicism on hold for this response and focus on startup/business. The new Obama care law allows a person to get injured/have incident, call the ambulance and on the drive over to the hospital pay a couple hundred dollar fine and get full health insurance from one of the exchanges. Effectively you only have to pay for the insurance if you need it. Because the insurers are legally required to accept you, and the "fine" is only a couple hundred dollars, if you have a young team in your start up you should explore exactly when Obama care takes affect in your local jurisdiction. Especially with young people who don't usually need health care in a startup, and who likely don't yet have dependents etc.. This is financially a no brain-er for you as a startup owner. Pay your team a little extra, outline how to use the system, and forget draining your time and resources on traditional insurance. ******************************************************************* Todd R. Ellermann
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I highly recommend Chris Free at Rapport Benefits Group. He helped me out at two startups...great explanation of the options, fabulous customer service, great communication. (253) 722-5810. Based in Tacoma, but in my experience he travels to you when needed.
Eugene St.Clair
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Eugene St.Clair Entrepreneur • Advisor
Chief Executive Officer at Humanproof

My fiance and I both have businesses and have used Derek Winn at Business Benefits Group. Extremely responsive and helped us find the right plan for our businesses and employees.

Derek Winn | Sr. Benefits Consultant | Business Benefits Group

4069 Chain Bridge Road, Top Floor, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 385-7200 x124 (o)
| [removed to protect privacy] (f)| [removed to protect privacy]| www.bbgbroker.com

Washington Business Journal -"Washington's Top Employee Benefits Brokers 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011"

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