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Open Enrollment for Benefits Begins July 8, 2016 and ends July 15, 2016

posted Jul 8, 2016, 11:29 AM by Courtney Akers   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 11:31 AM ]

We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2016. 
 
PLAN CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows:

  • We are continuing with United Healthcare this year, offering two options.  They continue to have the same names of "Base Plan" and "Buy-Up Plan", but the benefits are different from last year so please read the attachments that were sent to you via email on July 8, 2015, which include the Open Enrollment Memo.
  • Our dental coverage will remain with Guardian with a slight change in premiums. 
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Health FSA remains $1,500 and the Dependent Care FSA remains $5,000. 
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same.

Please read the Open Enrollment Memo that details the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part. 
 
Also, we have worked with Hill, Chesson & Woody to provide a web presentation highlighting the plan benefits, as well as United Healthcare's new offering -- "Virtual Visits.”  Watch this helpful presentation for  important information about what is included under the umbrella of "Preventative Care,” learn what constitutes a "Qualifying Event,” and be aware of "Hidden Providers.”  The link to this presentation is included in the memo, or you may watch it here.

WHAT NEXT?


Carefully review the attached Open Enrollment Memo. The memo details what your next steps are depending on which benefits you're electing. All required forms were provided to benefits-eligible employees via email from Denise Byrd and Kirsten Thornburg on July 8. The Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) documents are not available at this time but will be emailed to you once received.

After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd at dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com no later than 10 a.m. EST, July 15, 2016. If you are faxing your forms, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.

GLR and ISR employees, please send your forms to Kirsten Thornburg at kthornburg@gl-resources.com or by fax to 858-748-7968.

Open Enrollment Begins July 1, 2015 and Ends July 8, 2015

posted Jun 30, 2015, 2:44 PM by Courtney Akers

We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2015.

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows:
  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare.  Our medical coverage remains the same:  the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options.  However, some premiums changed slightly this year.
  • Our dental coverage will remain with Guardian with a slight change in premiums.
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500 and the FSA Dependent Care remains $5,000.
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same.
Please read the enrollment document outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the necessary forms will be sent to all employees via email on July 1, 2015, and can also be found on this portal.

After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd at dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com no later than 10 a.m. EST, July 18, 2015. If you are faxing your forms, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.

GLR and ISR employees, please send your forms to Kirsten Thornburg at kthornburg@gl-resources.com or by fax to 858-748-7968.

Highmark Companies Recognized as One of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Triangle!

posted Dec 23, 2014, 8:07 AM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Feb 17, 2015, 8:05 AM ]

Highmark Companies has been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. The award is based on revenue and profitability growth for the years 2011 through 2013. This is Highmark’s sixth time overall and fifth consecutive year on the Fast 50 and we were one of only a few professional services firms selected. We finished #27 on the year's list, our highest finish ever!

Read the press release to learn more about this award!

Open Enrollment Begins Today and Ends July 14, 2014

posted Jul 2, 2014, 7:23 AM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 7:39 AM ]

We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2014. 
Highlights of the plan changes are as follows: 
  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare.  Our medical coverage remains the same:  the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options.  However, some premiums changed slightly this year. You will see that the vision portion of the UHC plans is a richer benefit, with routine eye exams every 12 months.
  • Our dental coverage will remain with Guardian with a slight change in premiums. 
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500 and the FSA Dependent Care remains $5,000. 
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same. 
Please read the enrollment document outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the forms that you might need were sent to all employees via email and can also be found on this portal. After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd at dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com no later than 10 a.m. EST, July 14, 2014. If you are faxing your forms, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.

Highmark Companies Recognized as One of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Triangle!

posted Dec 12, 2013, 1:10 PM by Catharine Vernon

We have been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Research Triangle area by the Triangle Business Journal. The award is based on revenue and profitability growth for the years 2010 through 2012. This is our fifth time overall and fourth consecutive year on the Fast 50 and we were one of only a few professional services firms selected! Thank you all for making this possible!  

Read the full press release.

Open Enrollment Begins Today and Ends July 12, 2013

posted Jul 3, 2013, 1:48 PM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 6:09 PM ]

We would like to update all staff on the changes to our insurance benefits package.  We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our 2013- 2014 plan year which goes into effect August 1, 2013.  

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows: 

  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare and our medical coverage remains the same: the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options. However, some premiums increased slightly this year. The premium increases have been shared between the company and employees.
  • Dental coverage has changed and will be provided by Guardian.  
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500.
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same. 

Please read the enrollment memo outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the forms that you need can be downloaded from (http://portal.highmarkcompanies.com/benefits). After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd (dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com)  no later than July 12, 2013If you are faxing your forms to us, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.    

2012 Fast 50 Awarded to Highmark Companies!

posted Nov 30, 2012, 9:12 AM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 10:26 AM ]

Highmark Companies has been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal for the fourth time overall and for a third consecutive year! The award is based on revenue and profitability growth for the years 2009 through 2011. We were one of only a few professional services companies receiving this recognition. Read the press release to learn more about it.

Open Enrollment Ends July 11, 2012

posted Jul 2, 2012, 6:48 AM by Catharine Vernon

We would like to update all staff on the changes to our insurance benefits package.  We have just completed the negotiations with the insurance companies for our plan year which goes into effect   August 1, 2012.  

Highlights of the plan changes are as follows: 

  • For this next plan year, we will be renewing our medical insurance with United Healthcare.  Our medical coverage remains the same:  the two-tiered plan with Base and Buy-up options.  However, some premiums increased slightly this year. The premium increases have been shared equally between the company and employees.
  • Dental coverage, we are continuing our same coverage through United Healthcare.  We were pleased with the small increase in dental coverage costs.  
  • Our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan is unchanged.  The maximum limit on the Medical/Dental/Vision FSA remains $1,500.
  • Our life insurance coverage and voluntary life coverage remains the same. 

Please read the enrollment memo outlining the benefits and what, if any, actions are required on your part.  All the forms that you need can be downloaded from (http://portal.highmarkcompanies.com/benefits). After you complete all the necessary forms, please return them to Denise Byrd (dbyrd@highmarkcompanies.com)  no later than July 11, 2012If you are faxing your forms to us, please use our electronic fax number 919-869-1800.    

Highmark is one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Triangle

posted Dec 12, 2011, 2:25 PM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Dec 12, 2011, 2:25 PM ]

On November 15, 2011, the Triangle Business Journal announced that Highmark Companies has been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Triangle. The award is based on revenue and profitability growth for the years 2008 through 2010. This is Highmark’s third time on the Fast 50 and we were one of only a few professional services firms selected. Read more about it in the press release.

Welcome to Our New Director of Education Services, Cindi M. Jolly

posted Nov 3, 2011, 4:27 PM by Catharine Vernon   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 4:27 PM ]

Cynthia (Cindi) M. Jolly has joined the Highmark team as Director of Education Services. “We are delighted that Cindi has joined Highmark. She has deep experience in the education field and joins us at a pivotal time in Highmark’s growth,” said Mel King, President.  “Cindi understands the opportunities and challenges within a global education environment and brings a customer focus to her work in local and international settings. She has extensive relationships in the education industry and in developing public-private partnerships.  We’re confident she will help us to enhance and expand our services to education customers.” Cindi will be based in Highmark’s Cary, NC office.

Cindi brings to Highmark Companies over thirty years of experience in education. She previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with the Wake County Public School System and worked as a director at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Community Outreach at NC STEM (MCNC) and the North Carolina New Schools Project. Additionally, she was a senior consultant for the North Carolina Center for 21st Century Skills in the Office of the Governor and for the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. Cindi holds an undergraduate degree in English from North Carolina State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum from Duke University and completed her Advanced Graduate Studies in school administration, policy and organizational development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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