VSEBT Quarterly Benefits Meeting to Explore Health Issues

The April Quarterly Benefits Meeting conducted by the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) will include a number of recognized health and benefit experts briefing human resources and benefits staff on how better to serve their staff and their family members.  Aflac’s expert on benefits will start out the session, followed by presentations on HIPAA regulations regarding patient privacy, and COBRA administration and legal issues from Eiverness Consulting Group, Ltd.

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The program will conclude with presentations by Andrea Billings of Aon/Hewitt on the latest changes to the Affordable Health Care Act regulations regarding variable hour employees and a report by Hays Consulting on renewal trends and medical cost factors.

Andrea Billings, Aon/Hewitt

Andrea Billings, Aon/Hewitt

Congratulations to VSEBT for maintaining such a vigorous program of information and updates for their participating members.  With healthcare changing every moment, it is good to know some organizations are staying ahead of the changes.


Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Andrea Billings, the Administrator for the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust, was the featured speaker at a panel entitled, Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, at the recent Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Andrea Billings, VSEBT

Andrea Billings, VSEBT

Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) serves tens of thousands of school district employees and their families, providing health care, dental insurance and other benefits through group purchasing.  Keeping their members informed and up-to-date on changes in the health care landscape is just one of their goals.  As part of a 3 hour Panel Session conference on Health Care Reform, Andrea Billings brought vital information to business officials from around the state of new implementation rules and costs.



Assisting Andrea Billings from Valley Schools was Michael Saavedra from United Healthcare, and several others from local organizations. The moderator was Kathy A. Steadman from Hennelly & Steadman PLC.  AASBO members packed the room, asking detailed questions of the panel.

Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform laws represent the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The impact of the implementation of these laws will be far-reaching, evolving and challenging for all schools and districts in Arizona. The Workshop provided a unique opportunity for an in-depth discussion and exploration of this vital topic. Covering such areas as the individual mandate, penalty provisions, part-time vs. full-time definitions, notification requirements, resource allocation, strategic budgeting options and a host of other topics, come join in this important session to make sure your district is prepared for 2014 and beyond.

Paradise Valley Unified School District Hosts QBM

The Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) hosted the Quarterly Benefits Meeting (QBM) of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT).  VSEBT is a non-profit organization created to provide group purchasing and professional trust management for school district staff and families.  VSEBT has over 30,000 members.  Each QBM trains member district human resources, finance and benefits staff on the latest changes in healthcare, benefits, legal requirements and updates on innovations.


At this QBM the speakers included:

Andrea Billings, Administrator of VSEBT – Presented an update on National Health Care Reform.  The program is undergoing massive changes on a regular basis.  Andrea Billings is an expert in this field and keeps members up to date on changes and how VSEBT is ensuring compliance.

Jamison Davis, Hays Company – Presented on benchmarking, rate renewal determinations and calculations, demographic and claims trending, and what to expect for future medical costs.

Kevin Van Skike, Total Dental Administrators (TDA) – Presented on exciting new programs and discounts offered by TDA to members of the VSEBT.

Molly Gagnon, ING – Presented on portability and convertion options through ING for life insurance.  These options allow members to take their coverage with them when they change employers or they leave their jobs or retire.

Ryan Comstock, AON/Hewitt – Presented on AON’s Compliance Dashboard, a tool that all VSEBT Members who have medical coverage with VSEBT have access too at no additional cost.  The dashboard and its reporting tool is designed to log all compliance and notice activity.   Maintaining compliance grows more complicated with thousands of new regulations being added each month.  Having all of those compliance issues managed through one dashboard is a tremendous benefits to employers.


Health Plays Prominent Role at AASBO Annual Conference

The Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) held its 60th Annual Conference – the Diamond Jubiliee Event – last weekend, July 17-20, 2013 at the Starr Pass in Tucson.  This year, the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) sponsored a run/walk event to promote health and wellness.  School employees often lead a sedentary life of lesson planning, paperwork, and educating children in a classroom setting.  Opportunities to involve them in organized wellness events can make a big impact on their health, and also set a good example for children who view them every day.

Valley Schools sponsored the free Healthy Heart Walk/Run that started bright and early at 6:45 a.m. Friday morning.   Around a hundred walkers showed up and made the mile trek into the beautiful hills of Tucson. Walkers were given T-shirts, Sunscreen and Water and staff were available to assist anyone who needed help.

As AASBO stateed in their brochure for the event:  Continuing in the tradition of past years, remember to plan to participate in this family- oriented AASBO event. Research indicates that a routine of moderate exercise will relieve stress, help with weight control and increase the likelihood of reaching those “golden years”.  This event involves an invigorating walk/jog (approximately one-mile) around the grounds of the JW Marriott Starr Pass complex.


VSEBT Briefs Members on Benefits at Quarterly Meeting

The Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) conducts quarterly benefit meetings where it briefs representatives from each of its member organizations on benefit changes.  The next meeting will be held later this month at the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) offices.  While changes are occurring rapidly in healthcare and other benefit areas, most employers are lost in the fog of new regulations.  VSEBT ensures its members are always up-to-date on current regulatory changes and cost factors.


At the next meeting human resources and employee benefits professionals will gather to discuss medical rates and trends impacting renewal calculations.  This topic will be presented by Jamison Davis of the Hays Company.  Sheri Gilbert, the Director of Business Development and Retention at VSEBT will be giving an update on revised business practices within the benefits field.


Rebecca McGonigle, editor of Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter, will be reviewing the new PREP program offered by VSEBT which rewards employees that take steps to improve their health with lower insurance premiums.  Andrea Billings of Valley Schools and Lisa Rafferty of Aon/Hewitt will provide up to the minute detailed information on federal health care reform.  Finally, Kevin VanSkike will present on TDA discounts.

Andrea Billings

Andrea Billings

We applaud these quarterly updates to members so they can stay on the cutting edge of health and wellness, keep their premiums low, and maintain a focus on healthy and happy employees.




MetLaw Now Available to Arizona School Districts

MetLife has teamed up with partners Valley Schools Employee Benefits (VSEBT) to offer school district employees throughout Arizona access to MetLaw services.  VSEBT is a not-for-profit organization and free to join.  By joining, school districts can access low group rates through joint purchasing.

Legal issues effect nearly every worker at some point, whether they be traffic infractions, contract disputes, wills, foreclosure, bankruptcy, debt collection, or advice on consumer fraud and protection.  The list of issues are as diverse as the workforce.  The legal issues cause both absenteeism and presenteeism.  That is employees either miss work completely, or show up, but are so distracted they have little or no productivity.


Left to right: Crimson Turner MetLife Client Services Consultant, Daniel Park Glezman MetLife Marketing Consultant, Eric Eaton MetLife Account Executive, Andrea Billings, VSEBT Administrator, Dennis Cyga MetLife Regional Sales Manager.

Both employers and employees benefit through MetLaw from MetLife and VSEBT.  The employer pays nothing, but is able to offer their employees low cost pre-paid legal or discounted legal fees.  The employer gets happier and more productive employees as a result.  Employees get the peace of mind of knowing their basic legal needs are taken care of, and they can get a good referral if they need specialty attorneys.

Congratulations on this new partnership to bring MetLaw to so many needy teachers and other school district workers.

Here is a one page brochure to explain further:

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VSEBT and UHC provide January Healthcare Updates

United Healthcare, in conjunction with its partnered independent trust, the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) provides monthly updates to all its members on important topics in wellness, healthcare and benefits.  Here is the January update:

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Thank you to UHC and VSEBT for sharing this information publicly with their non-members so they can benefit and know the information they should be receiving from their own employee benefits providers.








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