Gallagher swoops in for IL-based Affiliated Benefit Consultants

Gallagher | February 13, 2020

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Affiliated Benefit Consultants in Oakbrook, IL. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Affiliated Benefit Consultants, founded 1986, provides a range of benefits consulting services to clients throughout the US. Following the transaction, Affiliated Benefit Consultants president John Araujo and his associates will continue to operate in their current location under the direction of Gallagher Great Lakes region employee benefits consulting and brokerage operations head Tom Lannen. According to Patrick Gallagher, Jr. – chairman, president and CEO of Gallagher – Affiliated Benefit Consultants is a “growth-oriented” benefit consultant with a stellar reputation and a culture that greatly resembles Gallagher’s.

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Organizations administering consumer-directed health benefit programs can set up an ICHRA with Alegeus, and then HealthSherpa helps ICHRA-eligible employees search for and enroll in the best on-exchange and off-exchange individual health plans. This integration bolsters the health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) experience from Alegeus and gives third-party administrators (TPAs) and health plans a strategy for increasing employer and employee participation in health benefit accounts. “We’re excited about the growing demand our partners have seen for ICHRA since announcing our integration partnership with HealthSherpa,” said Mark Waterstraat, chief customer officer, Alegeus. “Our joint solution is helping employers to deliver quality and cost-effective benefits quickly and efficiently to their employees. While ICHRAs can offer these through employer-defined contribution and better-fit individual coverage plans, they are still new and require a considerable amount of education and awareness. Through this partnership, our efforts are resonating, as evidenced by growing market demand.” “ICHRAs are a great option for a large and growing number of employers and their employees, and we’ve seen many of our client organizations begin reaping their benefits,” said Ross Honig, president, OCA. “Working with Alegeus and HealthSherpa has allowed OCA to market our ICHRA solution as a “one-stop” product that is seamless and easy to use for brokers, employers, and their employees.” “Millions of consumers have enrolled in health insurance through HealthSherpa and experienced the increasing appeal of individual coverage. 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