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Two Gibson clients were honored by Health Rosetta with Rosie Awards during the nonprofit's annual summit in Chicago.

Fastco Industries and American Licorice were two of only 50 employers or unions in the nation to earn the award for health plan excellence and stewardship.

“We are thrilled on behalf of our clients, whose dogged commitment to their employees’ well-being and proactive stance on benefit plans more than earned them this distinct honor,” said Brian Bellware, Gibson managing principal, Michigan, and Health Rosetta adviser, in a press release. “These awards are also a testament to Gibson’s advisers who are passionate about working for our clients’ best interests through intelligent plan design. Together, we are helping change the conversation around health care and benefits, showing that a company’s bottom line and exceptional benefits for talent can work and in hand.”

The 2023 Rosie Awards recognize high-value, low-cost health plans that meet certain criteria that lower costs and enhance benefits for workers.

“Health plan costs are one of an organization’s top three expenses,” said Health Rosetta Co-Founder Dave Chase. “It’s imperative that leadership have a comprehensive third-party assessment to help them understand how their plan is operating, how it compares to high performance plans, and provide detailed best practices and strategies to improve their plan.”

La Porte-based American Licorice, a candy manufacturer, hasn't increased its employee health insurance rates in four years. They also offer an employee clinic nearby, volunteer time off, yoga classes and tuition assistance. They also donated land for a 15,000-square-foot community garden.

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Fastco Industries offers no co-pays for high-value health insurance options. They have not raised their weekly employee contributions for three years. They also offer an on-site nurse.

“I can say with certainty that the amount of money we are saving on benefits more than covers the investment in an on-site nurse,” said Bethany Tap, corporate communications specialist at Fastco. “People are avoiding urgent care along with high-cost labs and doctor visits by using our nurse. The morale and health benefit to our people is the cherry on top of concrete savings.”

South Bend-based Gibson, which first opened an insurance office in 1933 in northern Indiana, is employee owned and serves clients in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Utah.

Caption: Fastco Industries and American Licorice, both Gibson clients, were honored by Health Rosetta with a “Rosie Award” as part of its annual summit Aug. 7-9 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. (Provided by Gibson)


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