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March 14, 2022

Assessing a Financial Response to Russian Aggression

By David Quello

It’s difficult to watch from a continent away — one of the world’s military powers attempting to overthrow a neighboring sovereign nation by force. The instinct is strong in all of us to help.

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March 14, 2022

Assessing a Financial Response to Russian Aggression

By David Quello

It’s difficult to watch from a continent away — one of the world’s military powers attempting to overthrow a neighboring sovereign nation by force. The instinct is strong in all of us to help.

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October 24, 2021

Implications of Deferred Care on Your Budget and on Employee Health

By Lindsey Holman

Throughout the pandemic, many normal health care activities were put on hold. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2020 Health Tracking Poll, about half of adults (52%) reported that they or family members delayed medical or dental care due to the pandemic.

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September 20, 2021

Recognize Your Moment of Confluence

By Stacy Kruse

In times like these when the world feels so fluid and unpredictable, it’s natural to hunker down, put your head in the sand, and ride it out. But, as I’ve learned, that’s exactly when we need to be eyes-up — because that’s when opportunities for significant growth present themselves.

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August 10, 2021

How ELCA-Affiliated Nonprofits Can Strengthen HR Capabilities Without Adding Cost

By Ross Eichelberger

It’s that time of year when many organizations are making health benefit renewal decisions. Do you stick with your current provider (even though your rates may be increasing exponentially), or do you switch to a new provider?

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June 21, 2021

5 Reasons to Back Your Org’s 2022 Benefits with the Power of the Portico Pool

By Stacy Kruse

As you review your 2022 health benefit options, you’re likely looking for better rates, better benefit offerings, and better outcomes for your employees. Unfortunately – from a benefits perspective – being smaller in size can often put you at a disadvantage.

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June 3, 2021

Reaffirming Our Commitment

By The Rev. Jeff Thiemann

Over the last year, I’ve returned often to this concept: “Resilience is not just about surviving adversity; it’s about being improved by it.” This has been a uniquely challenging time for all of us, and we’ve grieved the violence that ensued on our city streets.

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May 6, 2021

A Good Plan: Your Biggest Ally In A Crisis

By Stacy Kruse

I’m a big proponent of planning, because I think that when you have a plan in place, you have a way to control the chaos. For years, Portico has actively maintained our business continuity plan (BCP), which is written documentation outlining how our business will operate during a disruption or emergency. Now, more than ever, we’re seeing the benefit of that plan.

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April 14, 2021

Putting An End To Surprise Medical Billing

By The Rev. Jeff Thiemann

Portico made the decision long ago to cover certain out-of-network eligible expenses, sometimes called “surprise bills,” on behalf of our health plan members. While you may not know what surprise medical billing is yet, it’s an issue that should concern both employers and anyone who uses health care because some health plans don’t protect their members from it.

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February 1, 2021

Health Benefits. Is Cheaper Really Better?

By Josh Smith

“We once thought we couldn’t afford Portico, now we realize we can’t afford NOT to be with Portico!” – Reier Thompson, MBA, LNHA, HSE, President/CEO, Missouri Slope

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