Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2005
UltraLink, a leading HR and benefits management services company, today announced an enhanced employee portal with valuable new decision support capabilities through a partnership with Enwisen, the leading provider of web-based HR/Benefits Communications solutions.
Through this partnership, UltraLink will offer its clients a comprehensive portal combining employee benefits enrollment with the decision support tools required to launch a consumer driven healthcare strategy. UltraLink’s Employee Portal meets employers’ demands to provide their employees with easy-to-use, self-service tools for managing their own benefits.
Employers are increasingly moving to a self-service model in the employee benefits arena as a way to both decrease their administrative costs as well as to create employees that are engaged benefits consumers. On-line benefits election tools alone are not enough to drive consumer healthcare decision making – there are additional communication tools that make the transition easier and more successful for employees. The easy access to online benefits information coupled with the new decision support capabilities of UltraLink’s Employee Portal will assist employees in evaluating any healthcare benefit option. In addition UltraLink’s new portal will help employees evaluate the potential out-of-pocket costs associated with each medical plan option, and enable them to make better informed decisions throughout their entire benefits election process.
“The search for medical information is the number one use of the Internet today – individuals are increasingly turning to the Web to find information, either for themselves or for a loved one, to evaluate medical providers as well as treatment options,” said J. Stephen Ashley, senior vice president, consulting services for UltraLink. “As employers add medical plans with consumer-driven features, the need to make information and tools available to their employees is a very important factor in successfully achieving their program goals. Treatment options for specific medical conditions as well as tips for living a healthier lifestyle are just some of the content that will be available through the new partnership.”
A Fortune 1000 company that ranks 46th in the Fortune gas and utilities sector, AGL Resources is the first joint client to use UltraLink’s HR Communication service with the Enwisen decision support suite and has already seen significant changes in how its employees use the company’s benefits portal. Essentially, AGL Resources employees can input their individual health information and the estimator will provide them with an evaluation of which plan offering will be the most cost-effective for their needs.
“Benefits are a key component of our employees’ compensation packages. Providing tools that allow them to be more involved and informed in the decision process results in a more positive, effective experience for everyone,” said Tom Atwood, director, total rewards strategy at AGL Resources. “UltraLink’s HR Communications Employee Portal has become a fundamental tool in our benefits enrollment and overall employee communications activities, and the new medical cost estimator capabilities takes us to the next level, in helping our employees become smarter healthcare consumers while participating in their own benefits planning.”
“Selecting benefits is a critical and potentially expensive decision an employee faces each year, yet very few understand what they are buying,” said Walter Smith, president and CEO of Enwisen. “Our AnswerSource Decision Support suite is the most comprehensive in the industry, delivering plan-specific content, educational tours, dynamic comparisons and calculators to help guide the selection process for an employers’ entire spectrum of benefits programs. This partnership with UltraLink ultimately facilitates satisfaction with and adoption of company-offered benefits plans. Companies can now help drive their employees to the right plans, making them informed consumers who can reduce their healthcare costs by making the best enrollment choices.”
UltraLink's HR Communication services cover the entire spectrum – from developing an initial strategy – to providing self-service HR and Benefits communications and decision support tools to employees online or directly through a professionally staffed call center, or the more traditional method of printed materials. UltraLink’s HR Communication Services include:
- Employee Portal – essentially acts like the employee's Home Page for all company and benefit plan related information, with 365x24x7 access also available to line managers, HR/Benefits professionals, and Call Centers.
- Decision Support Tools – assist employees with important healthcare and healthy lifestyle choices and with critical decisions regarding plan options, hospitals and providers. Our tools are key to ultimately helping them manage their total health care expenditures.
- Fulfillment and Distribution – provides the fulfillment and distribution of printed materials including benefit summaries, enrollment worksheets, catalogs, and so on — if you prefer a more traditional approach using hard copies. Our expertise can be utilized for the design and development of these pieces.
- Consumer-Driven Health Plan (CDHP) Services – assists employers in shifting some of the more critical healthcare benefit decisions to the employee, including communications planning and writing, portal and support tools implementation and call center support.
Enwisen is the leading provider of web-based HR, Benefits and Total Compensation communications solutions for employees, managers and HR professionals. Enwisen was the first vendor to provide HR Communications tools in a web-based, “software-as-a-service” model – making these strategic solutions affordable for companies of all sizes and across all industries. For more information, visit Enwisen on the web at http://www.enwisen.com.
UltraLink is an HR and Benefits Management Services Company focused on helping clients control and drive down the costs of their health and welfare benefits offerings. UltraLink audits, implements and manages a company's entire benefits offering, minimizing benefits cost while maximizing their value. Founded in 1989, UltraLink has maintained long-term relationships with many well-known, established corporations. For more information about UltraLink, please call 1.866.845.0403 or visit the company’s website at http://www.UltraLink.com.
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