July 6, 2018

Understanding Medicare Diagram

Medicare can often be a confusing thing, especially if you are still in the workforce. Below is an easy to follow diagram for understanding Medicare.

May 1, 2018

Preventative Care Benefits

Did you know that your medical plan may cover certain treatments 100% before you hit your deductible? These are known as preventative care benefits / services. These benefits allow you to get certain things done, and the health plan will pay for them at no cost to you. Things that are generally covered are: Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Cholesterol test Cancer screenings Flu shots Screenings for STIs Smoking attestation Well baby visits Mammograms Well woman visits Annual physicals Please remember to take advantage of these benefits / services.  If you are not sure what is covered, always check with your … Continue reading

April 20, 2018

Spring Proofing

It’s that time of the year again, where the flowers are coming out to bloom, and temperatures are increasing. You can start to see some lovely brown grass patches from the melting snow, and the threat of water damage from all that melting snow! Weather is unpredictable, especially here in the U.P., so when it comes to our homes we need to be sure we are protected for those unsuspected and unpleasant weather days.  I’m going to help you take some precautions to help minimize the chance of water damage this spring! Being sure that your property is grated can … Continue reading

January 19, 2018

Rise Above

Be the best you can be. I hear that a lot. But what exactly does that mean and what can I do to get there? Little adjustments to your morning routine as well as how you choose to keep your mind and body active can lead to greater successes in the workplace and your personal life. Here are a few tips to help you rise above the norm. Don’t just roll out of bed in the morning. Rise and take on the day with a morning exercise routine! Your metabolism continues to burn extra calories after a workout, so getting … Continue reading

October 19, 2017

Lunch ‘N’ Learn

Helping your employees maintain a healthier lifestyle isn’t as hard as it may seem. Many employers want to know what they can do to help keep their claims down and employees healthier. One good thing I feel that is beneficial is to offer Lunch ‘N’ Learns for your employees. This is an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing lunch while learning new techniques and recipes. Like the idea but not sure where to begin? Appointing a person or a committee in your organization is a great place to start! Here at VAST, we have a committee called ZEN that helps set … Continue reading

July 11, 2017

Summer Health Tips

The nice weather has finally reached us, and that means it’s time to dust off that outdoor sporting equipment, get outside, and enjoy this weather with a little outdoor exercise.  Marquette provides no shortage of ways to stay active in the summer. Here are a few simple reminders to help you stay safe and healthy while out and enjoying the season! Stay Cool and Hydrated While biking, walking, running, kayaking or whatever activity you choose, it’s important to stay hydrated. When you are dehydrated, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your body. This can be especially … Continue reading

March 31, 2017

Wellness – It’s More Than Just Avoiding the Flu

You wouldn’t be very interested in a boat with a hole in it, or a bike with a wheel missing; yet too often we accept missing pieces in our overall wellness because we don’t see the bigger picture of what wellness actually means. Wellness isn’t just about whether or not you’re sick. Wellness encompasses one’s overall state of being—physically, mentally, and socially. Being aware of your overall wellness and taking steps to improve upon any areas of need can have a positive impact on your quality of life. Here are three basic areas to consider when checking in on your … Continue reading

March 22, 2017

When Can I Enroll In My Company’s Group Health Plan?

Here are some of the most common scenarios regarding enrollment in your company’s group health plan. A New Employee  Are you new to your organization? For new employees, your group has a New Hire Waiting Period. This is the amount of time a new hire must be employed before they can enroll in group coverage. The date at which you’re eligible for coverage will depend on your organization. While some organizations offer coverage on the first day of employment, others may have up to a 90 day waiting period. The waiting period for your organization may be listed in your … Continue reading

February 22, 2017

Why it’s Important for Your Company to Have a Summary Plan Description

If you’re a business owner or managing a business, you are aware of how much paperwork is required to keep your company up and running. It’s especially important to be aware of which documentation is legally required when providing health care coverage to employees. Not sure? VAST can help! A Summary Plan Description (SPD) is one document you should have when it comes to offering health care coverage to your employees. An SPD keeps your employees informed as to what benefits their health care coverage provides and when they are eligible to enroll in the benefits. Your company’s SPD is … Continue reading

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