The ASCEND Agency Growth & Leadership Summit took place in Dallas Jan. 9 – 12, 2020. In addition to sponsoring the event, Healthcare2U had the opportunity to host a booth along with many other benefits providers. Not only was it a great opportunity to speak with benefits brokers looking for unprecedented solutions, it was also a welcomed opportunity to network with other vendors and form valuable partnerships.
Highlights of the conference included the NEXTGEN 2.0: Disruptive Health Plan Designs session. Our President and CEO, Andy Bonner, took the stage alongside Jawad Arshad, MD, CEO of WoW Health Solutions, and Kevin Schlotman, COO of Flume Heath. These three innovators discussed advanced alternatives for healthcare that reduce costs for employers and employees.
When asked what led to the birth of Healthcare2U, Bonner spoke openly about his personal battle with cancer in 2006, when he had no primary care physician. After beating the disease, he kept replaying his experiences with the healthcare system over and over in his mind. With all the inefficiencies, overpricing, and barriers to receiving proper care he observed, he felt there had to be a better way to deliver healthcare to people.
Armed with a new passion for helping others, Bonner started Healthcare2U to serve as an advocate to advisors, employer groups, and employees who desperately need affordable care. By providing Direct Primary Care (DPC) membership, Healthcare2U shields employers’ health plans, whether it be fully insured, self-insured, high deductible, Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC), health share, or others by diverting claims for acute care, chronic disease management, and urgent care away from the plans.
Brokers looking for new solutions were excited to learn layering DPC into traditional insurance products causes them to perform better and increase employee satisfaction. Because direct primary care is not insurance, DPC can be layered into any health plan at any time of the year to begin modifying employee behavior and impact costs by limiting claims exposure.
ASCEND attracts disruptors who are looking to offer their clients products that go beyond the outdated solutions of the past. We were excited to share our nationwide DPC solution with a wider audience and look forward to the new partnerships that will arise from attending ASCEND 2020.