Linda Hines, ACBC
HR Generalist/Client Services Manager
218 N. Broadway St.
Ellsworth, WI 54011
*Between Memorial Day and Labor day the office closes at Noon on Fridays.
Who our Clients Are
Employers who look for resources which collaborate together and assist them in employee benefit design, communication and administration services based on their business philosophy. Many employers are compassionate to what they want to offer their employees yet be cost effective. This is a struggle to employers and EBAS will work with employer clients to customize the benefits package based on their needs and budget.
These customized packages are very unique to each employer client which enables the employer to offer a valuable package to their employees. Each employer is given the opportunity to be creative throughout the process of design. This technique has proven to build a benefits package that has longevity and continuity, (a rare combination but very effective).
Employees that work for our employer clients will receive personalized service to assist with benefits communication and coordination of claims. Employees need to be able to concentrate on their jobs and need to feel confident that their benefits are not a burden. EBAS will work with each employee and their benefit claims with care and thoughtfulness. This type of advocacy has shown to make the benefits package efficient and cost effective for the employee.
Insurance Brokers who are interested in showing their employer clients the type of benefits that are not 'shelf type products'. Many brokers will find it easy to show a spreadsheet of benefit options but forget many pieces of the puzzle that fills with the employer's business philosophy. The brokers we work with are experienced and trained to look at broader solutions that may not always be easy for them but will be beneficial for their clients.
The brokers we work with will understand that working with a 'service and compliance resource' such us EBAS will help enhance the services they offer their clients. We assist the broker with many administrative processes and compliance issues that are laid upon their shoulders.
EBAS (formally known as Employee Benefits Administration Services, LLC), was established in 2002 by Linda A. Hines, ACBC. Linda incorporated her vast experience, of over 20 years working with benefits administration, into an organization with the energy and scope of providing state of the art benefits administration consulting to employers who want to maintain a competitive employee benefits package that is cost efficient to the employer as well as the employee.
Our mission statement states that we will service according to the ‘Golden Rule of Life’. This means we service the employer as if we were the employer ourselves and we service the employee as if we were that employee. In doing this, we keep in mind that how we communicate benefits to the employer or the employee is a direct representation of who we are.
EBAS is known nationally and recognized as an advanced employee benefits administrative consulting firm which works with benefit plans that are not part of the norm and as being an advocate for compliance and education of these types of plans. The Benefit Consultant Training, LLC (BCT formerly known as NAABC) recognizes Linda as their Compliance Director for Continuing Education to its national membership of over 3000 insurance brokers. Many other TPAs and insurance organizations throughout the country also call upon Linda to consult and train them about designing benefits plans that could implement these options together for a complete and compliant benefits package.
Two Rivers, WI
Jewish Council for Youth Services
Rodli, Beskar, Krueger & Pletcher S.C.
River Falls, WI
Neufab Specialty Fabrications
Red Wing, MN
Kamm Insurance Group
A-1 Excavating, Inc.
Midwest Select Insurance Group, LLC
Eau Claire, WI
Blue Northern Air Conditioning, Inc.
JMS Benefit Solutions, L.P.
New Braunfels, TX
2017 BCT Education Calendar - (Dates Subject to Change)
CBC (Chartered Benefits Consultants Course) 15CE credits
Schedule (all webinars will be from 10am to 2pm CT):
CBC 1 CBC 2 CBC 3
February 8th February 14th February 22nd
March 15th March 21st March 29th
April 5th April 11th April 19th
May 3rd May 9th May17th
June 7th June 13th June 21st
July 12th July 18th July 26th
August 9th August 15th August 23rd
September 6th September 12th September 20th
October 4th October 10th October 18th
This 15 hour CE course is now broken down into three parts to make it easier for your busy schedule so you can achieve your credits and learn about CDHPs. You must complete all three courses to receive your CE credits and to receive the CBC designation you must pass the CBC test.
Class 1: Learn about the basics of insurance: Fully insured products vs self- funded products. Get updated on the Partially Self- Funded products (often called level funding) for small groups. These products have gone through a makeover to accommodate more employers to have an affordable option within the ACA guidelines.
Then we will go into intricate detail about Health Savings Accounts, how they can work with other plans and how to communicate them to the consumer.
We will then discuss updated COBRA laws for employers and who needs to comply.
Class 2: Learn about Health Reimbursement Arrangements and how they can be integrated with group health plans. These are very efficient plans that work well for employers to offer improved benefits and remain economically effective. We will also go into detail on how the QSEHRA (effective 1/1/17) will work for small employers who do not offer group health plans. Get updated with Cafeteria Plans and the details of Flexible Spending Accounts working with other benefit plan components and COBRA.
Class 3: Putting everything into perspective with case plan designs and analysis. The financial part of plan designing will give you highlights to help you learn when certain components fit best and how to combine them. You will also learn how to create an ‘affordable plan’ for employees to remain compliant. Who must do the affordability test and the reporting requirements of an affordable plan.
Discussion will include each of the CMS/DOL/IRS reporting requirement and who must fulfill these requirements. Which plan documents for each component that must be on file and / or distributed to employees will also be reviewed.
ACBC (Advanced Chartered Benefits Consultants Course) 8 CE credits
Interactive Webinars (9:00 Am - 5:00 PM CT) 2017 Summer and Fall Schedule
February 16th March 23rd April 13th
May 11th June 15th July 20th
August 31st September 28th October 26th
This course outline will teach you ways to analyze and create plan designs utilizing the CDHP components and pricing structures for keeping plans affordable for employees and employers. Also included in this course will be updated ACA compliance and IRS reporting requirements for employers. You will also learn how to structure compliant ‘Carve Out’ plans. COBRA and the Insurance Exchange options will be discussed.
To receive the ACBC designation you must pass the ACBC test.
Ethics Under Health Reform
4 hour CE webinar course
To be announced
You can now receive your CE requirements for ethics through the NAABC. This 4 hour CE course will give you the ethical basics and professional practices when working within the employee benefits arena for consulting benefit designs based on the ACA laws. Concentration will be given to working with employers on deciding to continue group insurance compared to individual insurance plans or other programs that are being offered within the exchange marketplace.
This class is approved in 9 states, so far!
Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia and California
You can register for these classes online at www.naabc.com
Employee Benefits Administration Services • 218 N. Broadway St., Ellsworth, WI 54011
715.273.0128 • 866.341.EBAS • (fax) 715.273.0147
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