ALTRES and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Join Forces to Help Local Businesses Cope with Rising Employer Costs

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Smart Choice™ Offers Highly Affordable, Quality Health Care Options Designed Especially for Local Employers

Smart Choice presents employers with plan options that are not only highly affordable, but also deliver great coverage.

ALTRES and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii have joined forces to offer businesses in Hawaii innovative and affordable health care plans that provide comprehensive health benefits and services. The new Smart Choice™ health benefit plans, which launch today, are designed to help Hawaii businesses cope with the rising cost of health care coverage and to keep employees healthy and working. Smart Choice consists of two Kaiser Permanente health care plans available exclusively through simplicityHR™ by ALTRES, with rates as low as $169 per month.

"Both ALTRES and Kaiser Permanente believe employees are the life-blood of any organization. Caring for the health and well-being of employees directly impacts a company's bottom line," said Barron Guss, President and Chief Executive Officer of ALTRES, Hawaii's largest human resources company. "Kaiser Permanente has created an outstanding health care delivery system, and ALTRES excels at HR administration, which includes administering health plans. It's a perfect pairing of company strengths."

Smart Choice is available exclusively through simplicityHR by ALTRES, which helps employers control costs in the areas of payroll administration, workers' compensation coverage, health care plans, employee benefits, and HR support - all from one expert source, for one simple fee. simplicityHR offers a choice of "back office" outsourcing solutions customized to fit the needs of any organization.

"To make it through these challenging economic times, companies are looking at new ways to stretch their health care dollars," said Kaiser Permanente's Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer William Corba. "Smart Choice presents employers with plan options that are not only highly affordable, but also deliver great coverage, and the tools and motivation employees need to take healthy actions leading to better overall health and improved productivity at work."

The two new Kaiser Permanente health plans offered exclusively through simplicityHR by ALTRES feature low monthly premiums, preventive care, lab and X-ray services, hospital care, emergency services and maternity care. One plan option gives employees the freedom to receive their medical services from either a Kaiser Permanente physician or seek primary care from community physicians outside the Kaiser Permanente system. (Access to community physician services is covered up to an annual allowance.) Under both plans, employees can earn a $25 reward card for signing on to and completing a Total Health Assessment, a free online program available to Kaiser Permanente members that takes an in-depth look at a member's health and lifestyle. The program then provides a customized action plan to help members make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent disease and improve their overall health.

Members also benefit from Kaiser Permanente's HealthConnectTM, one of the most robust and sophisticated electronic health records systems available anywhere. HealthConnect securely connects members to their physicians, health care teams, and pharmacies. This sophisticated system improves prevention and the coordination of care for members and enhances the way physicians work together. Through HealthConnect, every entry in a member's record is securely integrated into a single electronic health record that is accessible to the entire network of more than 410 physicians and thousands of clinical support staff. Specialists no longer have to wait for the delivery of paper-based records and test results, and physicians in multiple locations can conduct virtual consultations. Under appropriate patient confidentiality safeguards, secure electronic health records allow health care providers in different locations to collaborate and coordinate care for their patients based on current, comprehensive clinical information.

Smart Choice launches February 1, 2010. For details, visit or call (808) 591-4900.

Founded in 1969 in Honolulu, ALTRES is Hawaii's largest human resources company with two major business units: ALTRES Staffing and ALTRES, Inc.

ALTRES, Inc. is Hawaii's premier provider of HR administration solutions, known collectively as simplicityHR, and is Hawaii's pioneer professional employer organization (PEO). Serving as the human resources "back office" for hundreds of Hawaii businesses, ALTRES, Inc. provides employment administration, payroll processing, workers' compensation, risk management, healthcare coverage, and employee benefit plans, covering thousands of employees statewide. More information is available at

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has provided total health to the people of Hawaii for more than 50 years. Care for members is focused on their total health guided by our personal physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert care and medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Its physicians are members of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the largest and most experienced multi-specialty physician group practice in the state of Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. Visit for additional information.

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