Guest Speaker: Gary Franke - November is Open Enrollment Month!!

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Guest Speaker: Gary Franke - November is Open Enrollment Month!!
By: Redmond Business Showcase ~ 10/15/2017

Gary Franke is the Guest Speaker at our November 2017 Networking Breakfast
Everything You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know about Insurance!

The Open Enrollment period is November 1st through December 15th for a January 1st, 2018 start date.

2018 Health Insurance Carriers

  • Kaiser Permenate (formerly Group Health Cooperative) will have HMO plans only.
  • Molina lost a lot of money in 2016. Deductibles are going up and no Bronze plans.
  • Premera is quite expensive in 2017 and will probably be about the same upper price for 2018.
  • AM Better will have similar narrow networks, yet probably the lowest cost for 2018.

Discontinued Plans (for the most part), at least in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties:

  • Regence has decided to pull out of MOST of Washington State (will be in a few Eastern WA counties).
  • LifeWise has pulled out of King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.
  • Kaiser Permenente (formmerly Group Health Cooperative) is discontinuing the Access PPO (First Choice Network) Plans

Achieve Alpha are Independent Brokers that specialize in helping individuals find the right plan for their health insurance needs! Our goal is to walk you through the process of selecting a plan and be here if you have issues throughout the year!

Gary Franke
(425) 802-2783 


Spotlight Business: Jim Gatens - Sound Publishing
By: Redmond Business Showcase ~ 10/1/2017

BLOG_JimGatens.jpgJim Gatens has been with Sound Publishing for over seven years. As the Regional Advertising Director, he works to build relationship with not only his clients, but also his staff. Jim oversees the advertising throughout the greater eastside, including Bellevue, Issaquah/Sammamish, Mercer Island, Kirkland Redmond and Bothell/Kenmore.

With over 30 years in the customer service, sales management industry, Jim is an expert superior customer, quality service. When Jim isn’t busy working, he enjoys time with his family, as well as traveling, gardening, cooking and wine tasting.

Sound Publishing serves Western Washington with their local newspaper publications. They focus on local stories in local communities. They fulfill a valuable and growing marketplace by providing readers with localized, useful news coverage that is rarely seen in metro daily newspaper and other mass media outlets.