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Ameritas of New York celebrates partnership with The Business Council

This year, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York and The Business Council of New York State, Inc. Insurance Fund celebrate 10 years of working together to serve the needs of New York businesses.

“The Business Council Insurance Fund helps its member companies cut costs while providing valued benefits to their employees. And we’re proud to help them do it,” said Ken VanCleave, LLIF, Ameritas of New York president and CEO. “We want to continue to serve this important organization and its members for years to come.”

The Business Council Insurance Fund said Ameritas of New York was chosen as the sole carrier for its dental and vision group insurance programs due to the company’s dental expertise, plan design experience and accurate pricing.

“The Business Council Insurance Fund only considers carriers that are known for competitive pricing and high-quality service,” said Teri Wilson, senior director of The Business Council Insurance Fund. “Our members employ more than 1.2 million New Yorkers, and they need good benefits to attract and keep good employees. We save our members money through group rates. The Business Council Insurance Fund makes sure any insurance programs available through us will deliver the benefits people want at an affordable price.”

About Ameritas of New York
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York has served customers since 1984 and today provides dental, vision, and hearing care products and services in New York state. Its dental network offers more than 13,000 provider access points in New York (the number exceeds 303,000 nationwide). Its contact center has earned BenchmarkPortal’s Center of Excellence certification every year since 2007. In 2014, it also achieved Top 100 status in BenchmarkPortal’s small centers category.

About The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
The Business Council of New York State is the primary statewide advocacy group for business in New York, supported by 2,300 member companies and Chambers of Commerce from around the state. The Council creates a voice for business and works to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York.


HeathNow New York “Excellent” NCQA rating

HealthNow New York Inc., doing business as BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and BlueShield of Northeastern New York, has maintained its “Excellent” accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  HealthNow recently completed the NCQA health plan re-accreditation survey for its lines of business including commercial-HMO/POS/PPO combined, Medicare HMO, Medicare PPO, and Medicaid HMO to achieve this designation.  The accreditation is effective through April 2016.

A rank of “Excellent” is based on a combined score of three measures contributing to a culture of continuous improvement: clinical quality, measures of consumer satisfaction, and review of standards relating to health plan processes.  An overall score of 90% or greater must be achieved in order to maintain “Excellent” accreditation.

NCQA is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations.  HealthNow New York Inc. is one of New York’s leading health care companies providing members access to high-quality choices and solutions throughout upstate New York.

Health insurance costs set to rise

Healthy consumers could see insurance rates double, or even triple, when they look for individual coverage under the federal health law later this year. An analysis by The Wall Street Journal shows that while the premiums paid by those who are sicker will become more affordable, others will pay more. A review of rates proposed by carriers in eight states also shows boundaries for the least-expensive and most costly plans on the exchanges.

Read the full article or watch a video on The Wall Street Journal website.

Health insurance exchanges info is trickling in

Lev Ginsburg, director of government affairs responsible for The Business Council’s advocacy on Health Care & Insurance, Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance issues, will be attending the Capital District/Mid-Hudson/Northern New York Health Exchange regional advisory committee in Albany tomorrow. The committees were formed to provide advice and make recommendations on the establishment and operation of the Exchange.

Lisa Singer, writer for the Democrat and Chronicle, posted a story about the Central New York/Finger Lakes committee meeting held Tuesday. She wrote that committee members “expressed concern about how many people, particularly those already underserved by the health care system, will learn about the exchange.” Click here to read Singer’s good overview of the program.



HealthCare Quality Cost Containment Commission

Another Small Business Day issue is supporting the empanelment of the Healthcare Quality Cost Containment Commission.  The Business Council supported the legislation creating the Healthcare Quality Cost Containment Commission when it passed in 2007 yet the Commission was never empanelled.  The Business Council reiterates the need for the Commission to be empanelled every time a mandate on private health insurance is introduced in the legislature.

Memo of Support

To register for Small Business Day contact Erin DeSantis Assistant State Director at NFIB for more information. 877.434.1262 or email Erin.DeSantis@NFIB.ORG.

Mandated Out-of-Network Provider Payouts

Small Business Day on April 17th will focus on supporting mandated out-of-network provider payouts. This measure was included in the Senate version of the 2014 state budget yet taken out of the final budget.  It is now a one house bill.  The Business Council will issue an updated memo of support if  it becomes a two house bill.  See this year’s version of the bill below along with last year’s memo (note the bill number this year has changed).

A.5216 (Gottfried)/ No Same As
Memo of Support 

To register for Small Business Day contact Erin DeSantis Assistant State Director at NFIB for more information. 877.434.1262 or email Erin.DeSantis@NFIB.ORG.


Scaffold Law Reform

Small Business Day on April 17th is the opportunity for New York businesses to speak out on reforming the state’s Scaffold Law. The current law places an absolute liability standard on businesses making them responsible for worker injuries, even if a worker has not taken responsibility for their own safety. This has led to increased business costs for New York employers who oversee work on job sites, with general liability insurance costing between 300% and 1200% higher than in other states.

A.3104 (Morelle)/S.111 (Gallivan)
Business Council Memo Supporting Scaffold Law Reform
Crain’s New York Business: Developers take aim at ‘outmoded’ law
New York Real Estate Journal: An attorney discusses labor law 240 and shareholder renovations

To register for Small Business Day contact Erin DeSantis Assistant State Director at NFIB for more information. 877.434.1262 or email Erin.DeSantis@NFIB.ORG.

Insurance Journal: NYCIRB Examines N.Y.’s Proposed Workers’ Comp Reform Bills

The Insurance Journal reports that The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) recently reviewed the impact of workers’ compensation reform proposals in New York State determining they should save employers money overall.  Part O of S.2605 /A.3005 would reform several elements of the workers’ compensation system. The NYCIRB’s full analysis can be found on the association’s website (a PDF file).

Read the full Insurance Journal article here.