PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announced today it would offer an association health plan to its members, extending affordable health care to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in approved states. In states where the association health plan is not available, PMMI will connect manufacturers with available small-group options in their states.
The plan, called NAM (The National Association of Manufacturers) Health Care, was developed to meet the unique health care needs of manufacturers. It will offer a portfolio of health benefits options insured by UnitedHealthcare. In states where these plans are available, businesses with two to 99 employees will be able to choose from a variety of PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) and HSA (Health Savings Account) health plans.
Members will also have access to UnitedHealthcare’s Choice Plus care provider network of more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Under NAM Health Care, eligible member companies also will have access to supplemental benefits, including dental, vision and life. UnitedHealthcare will work with any licensed and appointed agents who want to sell NAM Health Care.
"PMMI is excited to partner with NAM to provide a benefit offering to our small employer members that is often unavailable or unaffordable,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “The NAMHealth Care plan creates greater purchasing power for these companies that would be unattainable for smaller employers.”
Mercer will provide PMMI small-business members that elect Mercer as their agent of record with consulting services regarding health benefit offerings and contribution strategies, marketing support to sign up and enroll their employees, plan administration and compliance consulting services. Member employer groups may continue to work through their current agents and consultants and obtain quotes through the NAM Health Care offering.
The Mercer Affinity 365+SM platform will provide members technology for obtaining quotes for employee benefits, facilitating enrollment and providing ongoing benefits administration to help drive cost efficiencies and employee engagement.
Mercer is quoting these plans for eligible member groups for a May 1 enrollment date. To request a quote for these plans, where available, interested businesses may visit pmmi.namhealthcare.com.
NAM Health Care is an industry-based Association Health Plan (AHP) that’s fully ACA-compliant, administered by Mercer and sponsored by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), of which PMMI is an affiliate member. Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance are underwritten by UnitedHealthcare®. Plans are not available to member employers in all states.