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BIG NEWS: I’m Partnering With NABIP to Empower Benefits Advisors and Brokers
Health benefits advisors are becoming better advocates for consumers, said NABIP president Kelly Fristoe. Adding The Never Pay Pathway videos to their continuing education will equip them.
I'm pleased to announce a partnership to provide continuing education credit to NABIP members who complete my Never Pay Pathway health literacy video curriculum.
Allen Health Academy exists to empower employers and working Americans, so they can get a fair deal on health care and health insurance. I wrote my book, Never Pay the First Bill, as a guide for fighting back and winning against unreasonable and oppressive health care prices.
Our team at Allen Health Academy turned the book into The Never Pay Pathway health literacy videos - to make the material more engaging to the masses. The videos are available for consumers and employer sponsored health plans. For NABIP continuing education, we use the same videos but with assessments.
I must give a shout out to Kelly Fristoe, president of the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals, also known as NABIP, for his push to enable NABIP members to receive Continuing Professional Credit for completing the course.
“This is a great place to learn how transparency is important and how it truly works for the benefit of the consumer that we’re tasked to serve,” Kelly said of The Never Pay Pathway videos.
Employees and HR managers often depend on health benefits advisors to help them when they run into a problem with an egregious medical bill or insurance company denial. In recent years, benefits advisors have been getting more engaged to help, Kelly said. In the past, Kelly said he didn’t know how to be an advocate. So when an employee got hit with an overpriced medical bill he might just check the billing codes and say, “it is what it is.”
“We didn’t have the tools and knowledge we’ve got now,” Kelly said. “Now I know my job is to help consumers find lower cost places to find care. If they get caught in the Emergency Room trap, or some other trap, we have tools to minimize that impact for the client.”
Benefits advisors and brokers are key gatekeepers for employer sponsored health plans. Many of them are locked into the status quo way of designing a health plan - and that’s costing employers and working Americans unreasonable amounts of money. The Never Pay Pathway video curriculum will help them understand the nefarious forces in the health care system that are profiteering off the employers and working Americans. It will spur them in a consumer-focused direction.
It’s possible for employees and employers to save a lot of money on health care if they follow the principles I teach in my book and videos. Kelly introduced me when I spoke at the NABIP conference last year (at the time it was known by its former name, NAHU). When he welcomed me to the stage, Kelly, who is a benefits advisor in Wichita Falls, Texas, said he likes to give his clients and prospects copies of my book. Inside, he stashes a fake million-dollar bill, because that’s how much money the principles in the book can save employers on health benefits.
The Never Pay Pathway videos are an engaging way to communicate the principles and tactics in the book, Kelly said. Lots of people are visual learners, Kelly said. “A lot more people would watch a video than would delve into the details of a book.”
The Allen Health Academy team put together a special edition of the videos for NABIP, so each of the 16 videos comes with a short assessment. It’s an hour and 15 minutes of content, and NABIP members will receive 1 CPC credit for completing the program.
The Never Pay Pathway videos will equip and empower NABIP members to:
Overcome unreasonable medical bills.
Win health insurance appeals.
Avoid unnecessary treatment.
Apply for financial assistance at hospitals.
And much more!
“We’ve got to fight those perverse incentives that exist out there,” Kelly said.
Many thanks to Kelly and the entire NABIP team for their hard work getting the program launched. I know the videos will be helpful to the NABIP members and the clients they serve.
If you’re a NABIP member, thank you for completing the curriculum and please spread the word to others. Let’s keep pushing this movement forward!
NABIP members, sign up here for the CPC version of The Never Pay Pathway, which has assessments and provides you with CPC credit.
Non-NABIP members, go here sign up here for the regular version of The Never Pay Pathway (with no assessments).
Are you an employer or an advisor who wants to empower your employees by building The Never Pay Pathway into your health plan? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.