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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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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 23, 2021

Feeling Grateful: My Employer Gave Me the Opportunity To Choose a Health Benefit Option That Meets My Needs

By The Rev. Shelley Cunningham

Not long ago I received a call from our orthodontist letting me know that because my teenage daughter lost her retainer, the cost to replace it would be an out-of-pocket expense. I panicked. That wasn’t in my budget! And then I remembered the cozy balance in my health savings account (HSA) that my employer and I have been creating for just this kind of occasion. And I said a prayer of thanks for my ELCA-Primary Silver+ health benefits.

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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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January 11, 2021

Making Room

By Deacon Tammy L. Devine

“Make room for what matters… let go of what doesn’t. It’s that simple.” – Robert Tew

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December 28, 2020

Good Thing or Bad? Employees Are Heavy Users of Mental Health Benefits.

By The Rev. Jeff Thiemann

As you know, it’s been a difficult year, and everyone’s talking about stress and anxiety — including me.

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December 14, 2020

Leading Through COVID-19:
5 Lessons Learned

By Stacy Kruse

2020 has been an unusual business year. COVID-19 took us all by surprise and tested our ability to adjust quickly to many new normals.

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November 6, 2020

Personalized Health Support Programs Have Greatest Impact on Results

By Josh Smith

In order to have a meaningful impact – on personal well-being and on the bottom line – health support programs must meet people where they are.

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October 27, 2020

A Retirement Plan that Empowers Your Employees, Your Organization, and Your Mission

By David Quello

Like all components of whole person wellness, finances play a vital role.

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October 6, 2020

Leverage Data for Better Outcomes and Lower Healthcare Costs

By Josh Smith

In my last blog I discussed how it’s possible to keep healthcare benefit costs down without shifting the financial burden to employees.

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August 25, 2020

Doing Well While Doing Good

By Josh Smith

It is possible to keep your health benefit costs down without shifting the financial burden to your employees. We’ll show you how.

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June 23, 2020

New Mental Health Benefits Prove Their Worth During Pandemic

By Josh Smith

At Portico, we’re called by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to do what some consider impossible — rein in the cost of health benefits, while investing in well-being.

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February 12, 2020

Socially Responsible Investing

By The Rev. Jeff Thiemann

It Feels Good to Say Yes

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January 29, 2020

Portico Advocates on Your Behalf

By The Rev. Jeff Thiemann

What This Means for You

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