Providing competitive benefits to employees is a great way to attract and retain talent to run your business and health insurance is often the cornerstone of the benefits mix. However, the cost of providing health insurance to employees often seems beyond the budget of small group employers. As you may have read in the news, Maine?s small group and individual health insurance markets are merging. With this merger, health insurance premiums are expected to decline in the first year or two, which may open the door for small group employers to consider offering health insurance for their employees. Join Kevin Lewis, President, and CEO of Community Health Options, to learn more about these changes and the impact for your small business.
Presenter: Kevin Lewis, President, and CEO, Community Health Options
Kevin Lewis is the President & CEO of Community Health Options, a private, non-profit health plan that serves to improve health outcomes while lowering costs in partnership with consumers, businesses, and health professionals. Community Health Options is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan and provides qualified health plans both on and off the exchange for individuals, families, and all group sizes throughout Maine. Prior to co-founding Health Options, Kevin was the CEO of the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA). Kevin previously served as the Director of Continuing Care at the Maine Hospital Association, and earlier as the lobbyist and a budget and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Kevin earned his Bachelor's from Dartmouth College (1991), a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Michigan (1995), and is an alum of Leadership Maine (2002), the Health Leadership Development program (2008), and the UCLA Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executives Program (2009). Currently, Kevin serves on the boards of two non-profits: Coastal Enterprises, Inc., HealthInfoNet, Health Plan Alliance, Maine Association of Health Plans, Maine Council on Aging, Maine Guaranteed Access to Reinsurance Association, and the Maine Health Access Foundation. Kevin lives in rural Maine with his wife and daughters and many four-legged rescues.