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PASSIONATE ABOUT SERVING MY CLIENTS

Posted on June 25, 2018 | Case Study

BY Joe Thompson   No policy is too big, like a million-dollar home, or too small, like a renter, for me to handle. I take my time with each client to make sure I take their case and give it the attention it needs so they walk away with the best insurance coverage possible. From…
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INDIVIDUALIZED SOLUTIONS INSURE SUCCESS

Posted on June 25, 2018 | Case Study

BY Tony Wilcox   Working at an independent insurance firm gives me a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to my client’s needs. This, of course, is beneficial to both the client and the agency. One of the best examples of this was when I was able to help an investor who lives in…
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REGULAR POLICY REVIEWS MAY REVEAL BIG SAVINGS

Posted on June 25, 2018 | Case Study

BY Ashley Brown   Recently I was contacted by 2 young professionals. They had been married for just over 5 years and had never been offered a review on their personal insurance with their insurance provider. After seeing an Event post on my Facebook page about the importance of a local agent and reviewing your…
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AFFORDABILITY PERCENTAGES WILL INCREASE FOR 2019

Posted on June 19, 2018 | News to Know

BY Conner INSURANCE   OVERVIEW On May 21, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2018-34 to index the contribution percentages in 2019 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2019, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s…
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Health Savings Account (HSA) Contribution Rules

Posted on June 19, 2018 | News to Know

BY Conner Insurance   HIGHLIGHTS CONTRIBUTION LIMITS CONTRIBUTION RULES • For 2018, $3,450 for individuals with self-only coverage and $6,900 for individuals with family coverage. • Individuals who are age 55 or older may make an additional $1,000 “catch-up” contribution. • For each month an individual is HSA-eligible, he or she may contribute one-twelfth of the…
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Drones hold promise to save lives and improve rural healthcare

Posted on June 18, 2018 | News to Know

BY Modern Healthcare   Things are looking up: drones could soon start delivering medications in medical deserts in the rural U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration approved 10 pilot programs for drone usage in May, including projects that specialize in medical deliveries in San Diego and North Carolina. Drones have been successfully used a number of…
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Americans’ health care costs rise again, now $28k per family

Posted on June 18, 2018 | News to Know

BY Katie Kuehner-Hebert   There is good news and bad news for the average American family’s health care costs, according to the 2018 Milliman Medical Index. The good news: The cost of health care for a typical American family of four receiving coverage from an employer-sponsored preferred provider plan will rise by just 4.5 percent this year, the eighth…
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In sudden reversal, Anthem and St. Vincent agree to include tiny hospitals in network

Posted on June 18, 2018 | News to Know

BY John Russell   In a surprising about-face, Indiana’s largest health insurer is telling members they can use St. Vincent’s small, freestanding hospitals without paying out-of-network penalties. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield confirmed Monday that it has reached an agreement with St. Vincent to include the small hospitals in its network. Just three months ago, Anthem told…
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GAINING A COMPETITIVE EDGE IN A JOB SEEKER’S MARKET

Posted on February 13, 2018 | Blog

BY KELLY MANNING | Benefits & HR Advisor   Across the nation, unemployment is at an over 15-year low. In Indiana specifically, unemployment is 3%. We are currently in a job seeker’s market. With increased opportunity and available jobs, job seekers can be far more selective when choosing a place of employment than ever before….
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INTRODUCING RYAN SPENCER

Posted on February 9, 2018 | News to Know

In his role as an Account Executive at Conner Insurance, Ryan Spencer combines his analytical, driven style and his experience in strategic account management to the benefit of his clients. For over a decade, Ryan has applied his strength in seeing details, gained from an engineering background, with his strong interpersonal and management skills in various Specialist and Account…
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IS IT “GROUNDHOG DAY” IN YOUR HEALTH PLAN?

Posted on January 30, 2018 | Blog

BY BEN CONNER   I feel like I am living the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray. In that movie, Bill Murray relives the exact same day, February 2nd, over and over again. It is literally the exact same day, same circumstances, same people, and same place. At first he finds comfort, predictability, and…
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INDIVIDUAL MANDATE PENALTY WILL BE ELIMINATED IN 2019

Posted on December 21, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   OVERVIEW On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump shortly. This tax reform bill makes significant changes to the federal…
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HOUSE AND SENATE PASS TAX REFORM BILL

Posted on December 21, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is now expected to be signed into law by President Trump shortly. This tax reform bill, drafted based on a tax reform plan…
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TOP 10 WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR MOD

Posted on December 8, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   Your experience modification factor, or mod, is an important component used in calculating your workers’ compensation premium. If you can control your mod, you can lower your price — so we’ve gathered top tips to help you impact your bottom line. Investigate accidents immediately and thoroughly; take corrective action to eliminate…
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WHAT HAPPENS IF AN EMPLOYEE MISSES OPEN ENROLLMENT?

Posted on December 8, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   Open enrollment can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming time for both you and your employees. It is typically the only time during the year in which employees can make changes to their benefits choices, such as adding or dropping coverage, adding or dropping dependents, or enrolling in benefits for the…
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