The Bagnall Company Blog

June Client Spotlight

joe logo-finalThis month’s client spotlight is Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services, a diagnostic, treatment and consultant service assisting families throughout the entire Phoenix Metro Area. Gentry is devoted to providing early diagnosis, educational support and comprehensive treatment options for children and families dealing with childhood struggles and disabilities.

Sarah Gentry, Founder and COO and her husband Dr. Joe Gentry started the company in 2008.  Today it has grown to 25 employees who provide diagnostics, consultations, training, counseling, aba therapy, and independent education evaluations (IEE’s) to thousands of Valley families.

Lynda McKay, Area Vice President Human Resource Consulting, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has provided strategic HR direction for Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services the past two years.

“She helped us create an HR infrastructure, convert contractors to full time employees and is always there to help us with any of the legalities surrounding state and federal laws,” said Sarah Gentry. “She’s been great to work with and we appreciate her help with compliance issues.  We’re so lucky to have them as a partner.”

Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services is really proud of their new Foundation which will provide scholarships to families needing autism evaluations.  The goal of the Gentry Foundation is to decrease the average age of Autism diagnosis in the state of Arizona.  To learn more about their work, visit: https://thegentryfoundation.org/.

 

May HR Video

AZ Prop 206 goes into effective on July 1, 2017.  Lynda McKay goes through some of the basics for earned paid sick time and how it might impact your company.  Tune in to learn more!

 

Gallagher Training

Adam Walter, Area Vice President, Business Development & Services and Bryan Yates, Business Development & Services Consultant from the Arizona Branch will be attending a two-day session at Arthur J. Gallagher’s new headquarters in Rolling Meadows, IL from May 22 – May 24.  The program utilizes several different teaching methods to accelerate their familiarity of Gallagher’s unique tools, systems and people resources.

The session will allow Adam and Bryan to increase their knowledge of Gallagher’s tools, resources, and personnel in their efforts to serve and support our client partners.  The following topics will be covered:

AGENDA TOPICS

  • HR& Compensation Consulting
  • GallagherMarketplace/Exchange Solutions
  • RetirementPlan Consulting
  • InstitutionalInvestment & Fiduciary Services
  • VoluntaryBenefits
  • MultinationalBenefits & HR Consulting
  • HealthcareAnalytics
  • ComplianceConsulting

Stay tuned for a blog recap after Adam and Bryan return!

Adam1

Bryan

 

April Client Spotlight

HOPE Group Anniversary Logo

Established in 1997, HOPE Group was inspired by a young boy named James, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two. Today HOPE Group provides behavioral health services to those diagnosed with developmental and neurological disorders, including individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder. All of HOPE Group’s programs are based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) and grounded in evidence-based practices.

HOPE Group offers families and schools access to comprehensive evaluations and intensive behavior supports. In addition, respite care services are available. HOPE Group is a qualified vendor with the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and accepts most private insurance. HOPE Group aims to maximize the potential in all children with developmental disabilities and neurological disorders.

With approximately 500 employees throughout the state of Arizona, HOPE Group serves 600 families each year.  They have 27 licensed behavioral analysts, the most of any organization in the state!

“We’re really proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary,” said Brandwyn Boyle, public relations representative for HOPE Group. “We’ve grown tremendously and are providing invaluable services to children and families each day.  Bagnall, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., has been working with us for a couple of years.  They have been very hands-on in regards to writing job descriptions, helping us attract new talent, negotiate better rates for our health plans, as well as improving HR processes.  We couldn’t be happier with their level of service and support.”

Bagnall, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has been working with HOPE Group since 2015.  Lynda McKay, area vice president, human resources consulting, has helped in a variety of capacities, including preparing a full wage compensation market rate analysis of all jobs.  To learn more about HOPE Group, please visit: http://hopegroupaz.com/.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) announced the acquisition of Bagnall in December 2016.  Bagnall immediately began operating as a subsidiary of Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS), a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.  Bagnall will assume the parent company name on July 1, 2017.  The merger marks the first branch focused on employee benefits, human resource and wellbeing consulting for Arthur J. Gallagher in Arizona.

 

 

Cynthia Walter – Trendsetter

CynthiaCynthia Walter, area president, was recently featured on Arizona Foothills Magazine.com in their Trendsetter leader’s section.  Click here to learn more about Cynthia.

 

World’s Most Ethical Company

Earlier this week, the Ethisphere Institute announced the recipients of its 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies® (WMEC) designation. We are thrilled to announce Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has been recognized as a WMEC for the sixth consecutive year! This is a tremendous achievement: in 2017, only 124 companies based in 19 countries and representing 52 industry categories received this honor. Gallagher is the only insurance broker to have ever been recognized (World’s Most Ethical Release).

Ethical behavior has always been a cornerstone of this company. As it states in Tenet 21 of The Gallagher Way, “We adhere to the highest standards of moral and ethical behavior,” said Pat Gallagher, CEO.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) announced the acquisition of Bagnall in December 2016.  Bagnall immediately began operating as a subsidiary of Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS), a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.  Bagnall will assume the parent company name on July 1, 2017.  The merger marks the first branch focused on employee benefits, human resource and wellbeing consulting for Arthur J. Gallagher in Arizona.

To learn more about Arthur J. Gallagher, visit: https://www.ajg.com.

 

Summary of the American Health Care Act Bill to Repeal PPACA

The AHCA marks the beginning of the process of repealing PPACA. Although House Republicans plan to move quickly on the AHCA, passage of the bill is not guaranteed. The process from bill to law can be long, arduous, and involve numerous roadblocks. As such, we caution you stay tuned for more as the flurry of activity surrounding healthcare reform continues.

Highlights of some possible changes are listed below:

  • Effectively eliminates the Employer Mandate by reducing the penalty to zero for applicable large employers effective January 1, 2016.
  • Effectively eliminates the Individual Mandate by reducing the penalty to zero for failing to maintain minimum essential coverage effective January 1, 2016.
  • Delays the effective date of the 40% Cadillac tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage to 2025.
  • Increases the maximum limit on annual Health Savings Account (“HSA”) contributions starting in 2018 to equal the sum of the annual deductible and out-of-pocket expenses permitted under a qualifying high deductible health plan.
  • Repeals the limit on health FSA contributions effective January 1, 2018.
  • Repeals the exclusion of over-the-counter medications as qualified medical expenses under HSAs, health FSAs, and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (“HRAs”) effective January 1, 2018.
  • Allows for a pre-existing condition surcharge on premiums for individuals that have a break in coverage of more than 63 days.
  • Repeals the health insurer tax beginning in 2018 (Note: as a result of previously enacted legislation, the tax is not being collected in 2017).
  • Rolls back the PPACA expansion of Medicaid effective January 2020.

You can read the full article summarizing all the provisions of the AHCA HERE.

 

Power of Gallagher

Cynthia Walter, Area President and Mark Bagnall, Area Vice President spent the week of Feb. 21 in Las Vegas attending the Power of Gallagher national conference.   The week-long event brought together Gallagher representatives from around the world to highlight the capabilities, talents and resources that exist within the company.  The networking opportunities were fantastic and Cynthia and Mark were able to meet with many of the Gallagher specialty companies and review hundreds of services the company offers.

“The Power of Gallagher conference demonstrates our national and international presence and capabilities as a Fortune 500 company,” said Walter. “We are thrilled to bring Gallagher resources to the Arizona market.  The resources, reputation and customer service are unmatched in the industry.”

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) announced the acquisition of Bagnall in December 2016.  Bagnall immediately began operating as a subsidiary of Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS), a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.  Bagnall will assume the parent company name on July 1, 2017.  The merger marks the first branch focused on employee benefits, human resource and wellbeing consulting for Arthur J. Gallagher in Arizona.

To learn more about Arthur J. Gallagher, visit: https://www.ajg.com.

 

Compliance Consulting 

As the transition continues from Bagnall to Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. the Arizona team is excited to announce they are now offering enhanced compliance resources for clients.

Are you overwhelmed by the ever-evolving regulations? You aren’t alone.  Healthcare reform legislation is complex and employer mandates are continually changing.  We’re here to help shoulder your compliance burdens, stem the paperwork ride and reduce the risk of noncompliance.

Cynthia Walter, area president Bagnall, a Division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.says, “Our team is immersed in the details and legal issues surrounding healthcare reform and benefits.  Together, we can create a proactive plan that reduces risk and addresses your unique compliance challenges.”

Gallagher Benefits Services, Inc. can bring the following strengthens to your organization: Industry expertise, skills and tools to navigate an increasingly complicated regulatory landscape; strategic planning and guidance; communication and reporting that presents complex information in a way that is understandable and actionable; access to a dedicated team of experienced benefits attorneys; strategic financial solutions and technical compliance support and guidance to assist your overworked HR staff.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) announced the acquisition of The MW Bagnall Company in December 2016.  Bagnall immediately began operating as a subsidiary of Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS), Inc. a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and the name change will be effective as of July 1, 2017.  The merger marks the first branch focused on benefits consulting for Arthur J. Gallagher in Arizona.

 

Gallagher Visits Arizona

This week, Gallagher’s corporate team with representatives from Finance, HR, Wellness and Operations came to Phoenix for a 2-day planning session about the future of Gallagher in Arizona.  The meeting was held Feb. 6-8 to the review best practices.  The Bagnall team was also introduced to Gallagher’s Arizona partner Cohn Financial Group to discuss synergy and growth throughout the state.

Cynthia Walter, area president, Bagnall, a Division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. said, “It was a great session with the Gallagher team. We are all working well together and the session is another step in Gallagher is taking to grow their national presence in the Arizona market.”

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) announced the acquisition of The MW Bagnall Company in December 2016.  Bagnall immediately began operating as a subsidiary of Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS), a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and the name change will be effective as of July 1, 2017.  The merger marks the first branch focused on benefits consulting for Arthur J. Gallagher in Arizona.

To learn more about Arthur J. Gallagher, visit: https://www.ajg.com.