Bennington College became familiar with edHEALTH six years ago when it began exploring alternative healthcare models to the insured go-it-alone common practice. Because the consortium approach was a new concept, the school took a wait and see approach while continuing to keep an eye on edHEALTH’s progress. In 2019, the college requested a rate quote and met with edHEALTH staff to see whether joining would be an appropriate long-term strategy. They found that there would be minimal provider and benefit disruption to faculty and staff while also saving employees and the college money. As a result of their research, the college decided to join edHEALTH effective July 1, 2020.
“The college wanted to think creatively about how to support the college’s mission while offering faculty and staff a competitive benefits package,” said Heather Faley, Director of Human Resources. “The edHEALTH model allows us to continue to provide our employees with flexibility and choice in their healthcare options while allowing the college to address one of its most critical concerns - the overall cost of healthcare.”
“We are thrilled to have Bennington College join our growing roster of member institutions,” said A. Tracy Hassett, edHEALTH’s President. “edHEALTH’s captive is located in Vermont, and Bennington College is the first of what we hope will be multiple Vermont schools to join.”
Bennington’s open enrollment runs from May 11 through May 31. Approximately 220 employees are enrolling in coverage. edHEALTH staff, Bennington College HR staff, plan administrators, and consultants have been working diligently to ensure a smooth transition. Weekly implementation meetings help uncover potential road blocks and the group works together to resolve any issues that arise. Trustmark Health Benefits, the healthcare administrator, has been helping employees navigate their benefits. “We are grateful to the edHEALTH team for their knowledge, guidance, and patience throughout the transition process,” said Ms. Faley. “We have a shared desire to ensure that the transition to edHEALTH is as smooth as possible for our employees and their families.”
Bennington College, located in southwestern Vermont, is a liberal arts college of approximately 800 students that was the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal arts education. Students work intensively with faculty to forge individual educational paths and must spend a term every year at work in the world. Notable alumni include authors Donna Tartt and Michael Pollan; actor Peter Dinklage; and poet and performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.
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