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Cobbs Allen Celebrates International Women's Day

Posted by Caitlin Miley on March 8, 2019

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(Pictured above, from left to right: Margaret Ann Pyburn, Katie Langley, Marye Beasley Kohn, Kamini Patel,Tracy Bagley and Ranjini Pillay)


If you’re anything like me, your morning routine might look a little something like this: Alarm goes off. Hit snooze. Grab phone. Check emails. Scroll through social media.

But I’m willing to bet that this morning, the content you saw while scrolling was giving off strong “girl power” vibes. Emails from every woman-owned business you’ve ever subscribed to? Pictures of friends with their arms in the air, almost like they were shrugging? Post after post tagged with #IWD2019 or #BalanceforBetter?

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

 


Compliance Corner: Important Deadline Reminders

Posted by Megan Zimmerman on February 26, 2019

As a reminder, there are two important deadlines for employer-sponsored group health plans due March 1, 2019 and March 4, 2019. 

Due March 1, 2019 - Medicare Part D Online Disclosure to CMS For Calendar Year Plans

Employers who sponsor group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage must complete an online disclosure to CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) certifying whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable.

The disclosure must be made to CMS on an annual basis or whenever a change occurs to the group health plan’s prescription drug coverage that affects the creditability of the plan. The Medicare Part D disclosure notice must be made during the instances below:

  • Within 60 days after the beginning of the plan year (renewal, contract year, etc.) for which the employer is providing the disclosure to CMS
  • For group health plans that begin January 1st disclosure must be made by March 1st (For example, plans beginning January 1, 2019 must disclose to CMS by March 1, 2019)
  • For non-calendar year health plans, disclosure is due within 60 days from the beginning of the plan year (For example, plans beginning May 1st must disclose to CMS by July 1st)
  • Within 30 days after the termination of a plan’s prescription drug coverage; and
  • Within 30 days after any change in the plan’s creditable coverage status

For more information, click here


Cobbs Allen Hires Cody Forehand, Growing Tulsa, OK, Location

Posted by Elizabeth Sturgeon on February 19, 2019

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Cody Forehand (left) with Tim Kelley, VP of Cobbs Allen's Tulsa office (right)

Cobbs Allen welcomes Cody Forehand to our Tulsa office as Vice President of Employee Benefits. Forehand brings extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and will lead employee benefits efforts for the office.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to bring Cobbs Allen’s benefits platform to the Tulsa area,” Forehand said. “Their Guideline Process integrates not just placement, but alternative funding opportunities, innovative ways to reduce costs, and better employee engagement strategies that will help drive down costs for our clients’ health insurance programs.”

He comes to Cobbs Allen from United Healthcare, where he managed Oklahoma large-group sales for three years.

“Cody brings experience and knowledge of the health insurance marketplace that will make him an asset to current and future clients,” said Tim Kelley, Vice President of the Tulsa office.

Along with his experience in healthcare, Forehand has also worked in the institutional wealth management field. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in finance and played on the university’s baseball team.

“Tim has done a fantastic job getting our Tulsa office off the ground over the past year,” said president Bruce Denson Jr. “Someone as talented as Cody will only help us accelerate our growth.”

Cobbs Allen is pleased to expand our national presence with the growing office in Tulsa, including more dedicated employee benefits services in our southwest offices.


Cobbs Allen Welcomes Matt Reid and Jeff Latham

Posted by Elizabeth Sturgeon on February 18, 2019

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Cobbs Allen is pleased to introduce Matt Reid and Jeff Latham, who just joined our team in Birmingham.

Matt joined as a Client Executive in our Employee Benefits department, coming from Tennessee where he worked as a client manager at Cigna for two years. He graduated from the Cigna Sales Academy in 2017 and participated in a management program through Enterprise. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama.

Jeff comes as a Property Claims Manager with almost 20 years of experience in insurance. He spent 17 years at McGriff Insurance Services, most recently serving as the Vice President in the energy and marine claims division. Jeff also has a background in commercial and construction claims and medical malpractice claim analysis. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in communications and information sciences.

Welcome, Matt and Jeff!


Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2019 for Calendar Year Plans

Posted by Megan Zimmerman on February 1, 2019

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Employers who sponsor group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage must complete an online disclosure to CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) certifying whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable.

The disclosure must be made to CMS on an annual basis or whenever a change occurs to the group health plan’s prescription drug coverage that affects the creditability of the plan. The Medicare Part D disclosure notice must be made during the instances below:

  • Within 60 days after the beginning of the plan year (renewal, contract year, etc.) for which the employer is providing the disclosure to CMS
  • For group health plans that begin January 1st disclosure must be made by March 1st (For example, plans beginning January 1, 2019 must disclose to CMS by March 1, 2019)
  • For non-calendar year health plans, disclosure is due within 60 days from the beginning of the plan year (For example, plans beginning May 1st must disclose to CMS by July 1st)
  • Within 30 days after the termination of a plan’s prescription drug coverage; and
  • Within 30 days after any change in the plan’s creditable coverage status

Employers are also required to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D coverage whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable. This notice must be distributed each year before October 15th and other times throughout the year based upon certain events. It is best practice to distribute this notice to all plan participants as it may be difficult for an employer to know who is eligible for Medicare Part D coverage (these individuals may include active employees, employees on leave, retirees, dependents and COBRA continuants). The best practice is to include this notice in annual open enrollment materials and to provide it new hires throughout the year with documentation that the notice was provided.

What Employers Need to Know

Employers should work with their carriers/TPA/PBM/actuaries to verify if their group health plans offer creditable or non-creditable prescription drug coverage. Employers should visit CMS’ website to complete their disclosure within the requisite timeframes. CMS’ website also includes links to their disclosure forminstructions, and model notices.

Click here for additional information.


Cobbs Allen Welcomes Terri, Elizabeth, and Justin

Posted by Caitlin Miley on January 24, 2019

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Cobbs Allen is excited to welcome three new associates at the start of the new year—Terri Rouse, Elizabeth Sturgeon, and Justin Moseley.

Terri Rouse comes to Cobbs Allen as an Analytics Consultant to the Employee Benefits department. Terri has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry, working in various roles for BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama and McGriff Insurance Services. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Business.

Elizabeth Sturgeon is the Communications Intern for the spring semester. She will graduate in May with a degree in English from Samford University. Elizabeth writes for Vestavia Hills Magazine, Homewood Life and Mountain Brook Magazine and volunteers with Desert Island Supply Company.

Justin Moseley joins Cobbs Allen as an Account Manager in our Personal Lines division. Justin has more than six years’ experience in both customer service and sales roles, most recently working for State Farm. Justin volunteers with the Alexander City Meals on Wheels program and is a member of Lake Martin Young Professionals.

 


Cobbs Allen Continues to Grow

Posted by Caitlin Miley on December 21, 2018

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Cobbs Allen has welcomed several new associates over the past few months – we are excited to have each one of them on our team and look forward to all they will achieve. Please join us in welcoming Jack Meikle, Jim Cooley, Melanie Hunter, Hunt Guyton, and Ben Campbell

Jack Meikle joined our Houston office as Risk Consultant. Jack comes with two years’ experience in the insurance industry and three years’ experience working Offshore North Sea. He currently serves as the Finance Director for the Young Risk Professionals of Houston. Jack graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a specialty in Global Energy Management.

Our Loss Control team welcomed Jim Cooley as Senior Loss Control Consultant. Jim has more than 18 years’ experience in the safety field – most recently serving as Compliance Assistance Specialist with OSHA. He is also retired from the U.S. Army with 21 years of active duty. Jim graduated from Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health.

We welcomed Melanie Hunter to our Property & Casualty service team as a Junior Account Manager. Melanie has 10 years’ experience in insurance, beginning her career as a Senior Account Representative at State Farm; she most recently spent five years in the underwriting department at ProAssurance. Melanie is working to earn additional insurance designations including the RPLU and AINS.

Previous Loss Control Intern, Hunt Guyton, joined full-time as a Loss Control Consultant. Hunt has been interning with us for the last six months, and we are thrilled to have him on board permanently! He is a graduate from Jacksonville State University, where he studied Occupational Health and Safety Management.

The newest addition to our team, Ben Campbell, joins our Birmingham office as a Risk Consultant. Ben comes to Cobbs Allen after working in sales for AmerisourceBergen for more than 17 years, serving in B2B sales as an Account Manager, Sales Executive, and Regional Sales Manager. Outside of his career, he currently serves as the President and Chairman of the Board for Wise Guys Ministries. Ben graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion.


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