Health Benefits Changes Help Create Harmony
Like all nonprofit organizations, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has been challenged to keep up with rising health care costs on a limited budget. With nearly 90 percent of its 130 employees represented by labor unions, the ISO is further challenged because any solutions it creates must strike a chord with unions and also prove to be feasible in a nonprofit setting. The ISO initially engaged FirstPerson for three months in 2009 to provide an assessment of its benefits and opportunities. FirstPerson identified a number of hurdles in the ISO’s path to lowered health care costs.
FirstPerson reviewed the ISO’s claims history and compared it to projected claims, then created a forecast of the impact the organization could make by complementing its existing plan with an HSA. This level of sophistication quickly won the firm trust at the negotiating table. The plan FirstPerson put together included:
With FirstPerson, the ISO and its employees got a benefits administrator that delivered a plan that was both palatable and cost-effective. That might explain why, after its three-month audition, FirstPerson found itself fully engaged as ISO’s employee-benefits partner. The tangible results FirstPerson delivered include:
Like all nonprofit organizations, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has been challenged to keep up with rising health care costs on a limited budget.
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