Insurance

AmFam contributes new donations in honor of Hank Aaron

In anticipation of Milwaukee Brewers opening day at the new American Family Field, and to honor baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron (No. 44), Madison-based American Family Insurance is contributing two new $44,000 donations for scholarships for Milwaukee students to support programs started by Hank and Billye Aaron’s Chasing the Dream Foundation.

WPS to lay off 128

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp. (WPS) will lay off 36 employees at its office at 1717 W. Broadway in Monona and 92 employees at its location at 1480 County Road XX in Rothschild.

AmFam, Urban League create loan fund to promote business equity

As part of American Family Insurance’s “Free to Dream” initiative, the insurer is partnering with the Urban League of Greater Madison on a $400,000 revolving loan program for new and emerging minority-owned businesses that will be located in the new minority business hub in Madison’s South Park Street corridor.

HealthCare.gov reopens Feb. 15

Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable have announced that HealthCare.gov will be reopening for Americans to enroll in health insurance coverage beginning Feb. 15, 2021, and running through May 15, 2021.

Extension for non-ACA compliant plans issued

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a bulletin regarding another extension for small employers to continue to offer non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant plans in the small group market.

AmFam acquires Bold Penquin platform

American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Company announced the acquisition of Bold Penguin, a technology company that simplifies and quickens the process of obtaining small business insurance.

COVID cravings: Employees want stability, emphasis on well-being

Two recent reports published during the pandemic reflect the desire among professionals for stability in their benefits packages. Now more than ever, the reports conclude, employers would be wise to think twice before making any changes to their employee benefits plans.

Study: COVID-19 treatment averages $14,500

According to a new report from M3 Insurance, hospital and other medical treatment for COVID-19 costs $14,573 per patient on average and coronavirus testing is about $102 per sample.

Officials encourage enrollment of health care coverage 

Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable, and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm are encouraging Wisconsinites who have lost their health insurance coverage at any point this year to visit HealthCare.gov to enroll in health care coverage that works for them.

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