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The Senior Benefit Consultant serves as the key marketing link between insurance brokers, employer groups and the community for Western Health Advantage. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: Develop sales opportunities, present plans to employer groups during Open Enrollment meetings, and resolve employer and broker concerns regarding contract agreements, rates, benefit coverage, and established procedures and policies.

Primary Duties:

• Develop and maintain professional relationships with assigned broker contacts.
• Provide assistance and direction to all employer groups regarding selected plan(s).
• Introduce new WHA products, procedures, contract requirements and premiums, and assists employers and brokers with the coordination of open enrollment and other requirements of installing a health benefit plan.
• Present information to employer groups on a routine basis for open enrollment, to develop a sale, and for specific topics as requested by the broker or employer.
• Maintain contact with community and industry leaders by participating in civic and business related organizations and events.
• Assist Sales Director in the development of annual enrollment projections.
• Develop and present proposals to brokers and prospective groups with analytical application when requested; negotiate and manage key group renewals.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline preferred.
• 5 years’ experience in sales, marketing related sales, health insurance, prepaid health plans, or pension benefit management.
• State of California full Life Agent License (Life-Only Agent and Accident and Health Agent) is required.
• Experience giving precise and articulate presentations in large group settings.
• Previous experience working in the health care industry, specifically HMO, is a plus.
• Intermediate personal computer skills, including electronic mail, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.
• Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language(s) used in the workplace.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to hr@westernhealth.com EOE.

Western Health Advantage cannot offer employment to individuals who would require sponsorship to work in the United States.

iStock_000006179543MediumSacramento County’s Health and Human Services Department issued a health advisory notice on June 7, 2016 because there have been five known meningococcal cases so far this year – all among high school students.

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness and is spread by exchanging respiratory and throat secretions (e.g., by living in close quarters, by kissing). It is often severe and can include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can be treated with antibiotics if these are given right away.

Know the symptoms:

  • Sudden onset of fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion

Keeping up to date with the meningococcal vaccine is the best defense against meningococcal disease. Visit mywha.org/shots to learn about this and other recommended immunizations for adolescents.

Western Health Advantage has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

WHA enjoys an established culture of wellness.  Through carefully planned out communication pieces and by making wellness “fun”, we witness high participation in our wellness initiatives.  We provide onsite yoga, meditation, and massage.  Over half of our employees have a sit-stand work station, and every employee is offered a free or discounted gym membership.  We recently upgraded to healthier vending machines, and we regularly provide fresh produce to our staff.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

“The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers easy-to-implement ways for organizations to help employees eat better and move more, which will help improve their health – and their employer’s bottom line,” said Alicia Lowe, WHA’s Health & Wellness Manager.  “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.”

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, call 916.446.6505 or visit heart.org/worksitewellness.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

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Western Health Advantage and the American Heart Association invite you to celebrate National CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Awareness Week in your community.

National CPR and AED Awareness Week spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use.

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops and can no longer pump blood to the brain or vital organs. Nearly 38 people an hour suffer a cardiac arrest at home, work, or even church – that is 420,000 people this year alone! Only 1 in 10 cardiac arrest victims survive.

Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, first call 9-1-1 for help. Then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.

You can watch a video and learn hands-only CPR at heart.org.

For more information about heart health, go to mywha.org/hearthealth.

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Western Health Advantage is a non-profit company that was founded by a group of Sacramento and Solano doctors and health care providers.  In keeping with its local mission, the company serves employers and families in Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, El Dorado, Placer, Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Western Health Advantage offers tremendous benefits ranging from 100% paid employee health premiums, local community involvement and a total compensation package.  At WHA, we strive to make a workplace culture where employee efforts and energy are focused on achieving company goals and objectives.  Our Leadership team is focused on providing a company where employees work hard because they love what they do.  Because of this, WHA has won Best Places to Work and has been a finalist for Healthiest Employer for the last 4 years.

With fair compensation, advancement opportunities, access to leadership, paid time off for volunteer work, and a fun and stimulating work environment, view our open career opportunities to be a part of the WHA team!

 

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You Don’t Need Super Powers to Be A Stroke Hero

Start By Controlling Your High Blood Pressure

Nearly 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, the leading-controllable risk factor for stroke, but you don’t have to!  During American Stroke Month teach and take the following steps to manage your blood pressure and protect your health:

  • May 17th is World Hypertension Day and we need you to be a key influencer. Be counted as someone who knows their numbers at heart.org. Knowing your numbers is an important step in protecting your brain.
  • Controlling blood pressure is just one of the ways to prevent a stroke. Discover other tips and share them with your loved ones at strokeassociation.org.

For more information on how to be a Stroke Hero, visit StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero.

The latest health alert from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) warns travelers that the mosquitoes infected with the Zika virus are now in our neighboring country, Mexico, and recommends that travelers to certain areas in Mexico (those below 6,500 feet elevation) protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Did You Know?

  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
  • Most people infected with Zika virus do not feel sick. Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and infection is linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly. Pregnant women should talk to their doctor about testing for Zika.

What Should You Do?
To avoid Zika (and other mosquito-borne diseases) the CDC recommends the following:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535. OLE should not be used on children younger than 3 years.
    Travelers returning to the United States from an area known to be populated with Zika-infected mosquitos should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so that they do not spread Zika to others.

For a full listing of CDC’s recommendations, including precautions to avoid sexual transmission of the virus, visit cdc.gov.

 

Additional Resources for Travelers
Zika Travel Information (shows countries in addition to Mexico)
Avoid Bug Bites
Insect Repellent Use and Safety
CDC Map of infected areas in Mexico

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