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Mercer Signs First Group of Insurance Carriers to Mercer Marketplace Private Exchange

Source: WSJ

Posted on 16 Apr 2013 by Neilson

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MercerMercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, today announced an initial group of major insurance carriers to offer a range of benefits through Mercer Marketplace, Mercer's private benefits exchange for employers' active employees and their families.

Employees who engage Mercer Marketplace through their employers will have access to many options and will have decision tools to tailor their personalized portfolio of benefits. These options include a wide array of core medical and voluntary benefits, constituting more than 20 lines of coverage.

The first group of national, regional and state carriers that have agreed to partner with Mercer are:

-- Aetna

-- Cigna

-- Humana

-- UnitedHealthcare

-- Health Net

-- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

-- Anthem Blue Cross of California

-- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia

-- Empire BlueCross BlueShield

-- Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company

"We're pleased to announce that these insurance carriers and benefit providers, all household names representing a large percentage of US market share, have joined Mercer to offer medical and other important benefits through Mercer Marketplace. The high-caliber carrier participation in Mercer's private benefits exchange matches the increasing interest displayed by our clients and prospects," said Julio A. Portalatin, President and CEO of Mercer.

"We believe that these early-adopter providers -- along with the additional firms we expect to announce very shortly -- will deliver solutions through the innovative Mercer Marketplace platform that will provide enhanced value for our clients and their employees," said Mr. Portalatin.

Discussions with clients indicate great interest in Mercer's private benefits exchange solution.

"With 56% of employers considering a private exchange to provide benefits to their active employees or retirees, the transformation of the US health care landscape is well underway," said David Rahill, President, Health & Benefits, Mercer. "These national benefit providers are leading the way in allowing large and small employers alike to help their employees make the critical personal and financial decisions about what types of insurance will best meet their needs."

About Mercer Marketplace

Mercer Marketplace allows employers to continue offering competitive benefits to their workforce, a key attraction and retention tool, while actively managing their spending and administrative responsibilities. Employers have the flexibility to determine how much to contribute toward the cost of their benefits program and can select from a wide range of insured and self-funded products to offer to their workforce. Many companies are offering private health insurance exchanges, but Mercer Marketplace goes beyond this to include other non-health benefits such as auto, home and pet insurance. The platform includes full benefits outsourcing and will provide employees with call center and online decision support during the enrollment process and beyond. More information about Mercer Marketplace is available from Mercer consultants and online at