Updated: Nov. 8, 2018

New Health Insurance Exchange for Bar Members

The new WSBA Private Health Insurance Exchange offers a broad level of choice and concierge-level of support designed for solo and small practitioners, and employer groups alike. It is administered by Member Benefits, a company with 30 years of benefits experience including work with other bar associations across the country.

Initial offerings available include:

  • Group Health Insurance (fully insured, self, and level-funded options)
  • Individual Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance

WSBA members will have access to plans not available on the public exchange and expert assistance from Member Benefits, which will be sending an email to members with more details about the exchange.

Open Enrollment begins Nov. 1, 2018, for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Members can find more information at wsba.memberbenefits.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What’s the current state of health insurance overall? 

A. With rising healthcare costs and uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act, members have been reaching out to WSBA over the past year asking what we can do to provide health insurance. In response, we’ve explored the insurance landscape and talked to members, other bars, insurance experts and officials, and various providers. Our research led us to establish a private insurance exchange to provide WSBA members with additional options when shopping for insurance.

Q. Does WSBA offer health insurance options?

A. In mid-October, we launched the new WSBA Private Health Insurance Exchange, which offers a broad level of choice and concierge-level of support designed for solo and small practitioners, and employer groups alike. It is administered by Member Benefits, a company with 30 years of benefits experience including work with other bar associations across the country. WSBA members will have access to plans not available on the public exchange and expert assistance from Member Benefits, which will be sending subsequent emails before and throughout open enrollment period with more details about the exchange.

Initial offerings available include:

  • Group Health Insurance (fully insured, self, and level-funded options)
  • Individual Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance

Q. What are the plan options and coverage?

A. Health insurance continues to be a significant pain point across the country. As such, WSBA offers this new private health insurance exchange as an additional option for consideration. While insurance plan options are available at competitive rates, WSBA does not have the ability to ensure what type of coverage is available for any individual member.

As is the custom for health insurance carriers, plan options and areas of coverage will not be finalized until enrollment period opens on Nov. 1. Health insurance plans for 2019 are still being finalized with the state.

Q. Who can I contact for more information?

A. We advise you to contact a Benefit Counselor through our health insurance exchange administrator, Member Benefits, at 800-282-8626 or through wsba.memberbenefits.com. Starting on Nov. 1, you will be able to review all of your available options for 2019 and see the specific plans and rates available in your county.