The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) today announced it will offer an association health plan to its members, extending affordable health care to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in approved states. In states where the association health plan is not available, the APTech will connect manufacturers with available small-group options in their respective states.
“Given the large number of members that are small and medium-sized manufacturers, we couldn’t be more pleased to offer additional health insurance coverage choices heading into 2020,” said Thayer Long, president, APTech.
The plan, called NAM Health Care (www.namhealthcare.com), was developed to meet the unique health care needs of manufacturers. It will offer a portfolio of health benefits options insured by UnitedHealthcare. In states where these plans are available, businesses with 2 to 99 employees will be able to choose from a variety of PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) and HSA (Health Savings Account) health plans.
Members will also have access to UnitedHealthcare’s Choice Plus care provider network of more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Under NAM Health Care, eligible member companies also will have access to supplemental benefits including dental, vision and life. UnitedHealthcare will work with any licensed and appointed agents who want to sell NAM Health Care.
Mercer will provide APTech small-business members that elect Mercer as their agent of record with consulting services regarding health benefit offerings and contribution strategies, marketing support to sign up and enroll their employees, plan administration and compliance consulting services.
The Mercer Affinity 365+SM platform will provide members technology for obtaining quotes for employee benefits, facilitating enrollment and providing ongoing benefit administration to help drive cost efficiencies and employee engagement. Member employer groups may continue to work through their current agents and consultants and obtain quotes through the NAM Health Care offering.
“Providing our members the opportunity to purchase health insurance at lower rates is something that we’re excited to include in our portfolio of offerings,” said Long. “With the cost of health insurance continuing to rise, we hope that this benefit will help our members manage their costs in providing affordable health care programs for their employees.”
APTech is quoting these plans for eligible member groups for a December 1 enrollment date. To request a quote for these plans, where available, interested businesses may visit APTech.NAMHealthCare.com.
NAM Health Care is an industry-based Association Health Plan (AHP) that’s fully ACA-compliant, administered by Mercer and sponsored by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), of which APTech is an affiliate member. Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance are underwritten by UnitedHealthcare®. Plans are not available to member employers in all states.