ABA’s Health Insurance Open Enrollment Webinar Now Available

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On Monday, November 9, the American Booksellers Association offered a webinar about its new membership health insurance benefit with LIG Solutions. A recording of the webinar, hosted by LIG Solutions, is now available.

The webinar came as both Medicare Open Enrollment (deadline: Monday, December 7, 2020) and General Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage in the Marketplace (deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 in most states) are in full swing. For more information on open enrollment in general, including options outside of open enrollment, see this article on preparing for open enrollment this fall.

Monday’s webinar was led by Tim McNichols, executive director of partnerships at LIG Solutions. During the approximately 45-minute webinar, McNichols provided an overview of the LIG Solutions association health program; health insurance coverage options, including the benefits landscape for employers; Open Enrollment and beyond, including Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs); and how to access ABA’s membership benefit program.

One of the benefits of the ABA membership program is its customizability. Unlike a large group plan that takes on a “one size fits all” approach, the health plans offered by LIG Solutions are tailored to members’ unique health and financial needs. Bookstore owners can choose to contribute to their employees’ health insurance costs, or just provide them access to purchase coverage. All ABA bookstores and their employees can take advantage of the benefit, and health plans cover individuals and families, independent contractors/1099s, and business owners and W2 employees.

LIG Solutions, which has licensed advisors in all 50 states, partners with major carriers to provide a wide array of coverage options. Coverage options include ACA-compliant major medical, Medicare/supplements, short-term policies, vision, dental, critical care, and supplemental coverage, as well as small group/Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRAs) programs.

ABA-Members can view the recorded webinar on ABA’s LIG landing page. (An ABA login is required.)

Non-ABA Members interested in learning more can access the recorded webinar here.

Find ABA’s LIG landing page and unique phone number for members under “For Booksellers” and “LIG Health Insurance” on BookWeb.org. There, you can contact LIG Solutions for a no obligation health insurance assessment quote. (An ABA login is required to access the landing page.)

ABA’s membership health insurance benefit launched on August 4 in partnership with the Book Industry Health Insurance Partnership (BIHIP), a coalition of now 12 book industry organizations, including the Authors Guild and the Independent Book Publishers Association. The offering with LIG Solutions will allow ABA members to gain access to LIG’s extensive knowledge of the health insurance market, which will help members navigate insurance options.

For more information about the membership health insurance benefit, see FAQs about the LIG partnership. For questions not answered by this FAQ, please contact ABA’s Advocacy Team at advocacy@bookweb.org.