Since 2011, member schools of the New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) have been collectively buying employee benefits, HR consulting, and benefits administration technology through the NYSAIS Health Care and HR Consulting Consortium (Consortium). The Consortium is a long-term, cost containment strategy for NYSAIS Schools where they are:

  • bending the health care cost curve;
  • spreading risk among a larger member population;
  • receiving enhanced benefits administration;
  • administering benefits with cutting-edge technology; and
  • receiving HR and Benefits regulatory compliance guidance from certified HR consultants.

 

Consortium member schools love sharing their experiences:

  • "The consortium is not simply a membership; it is like having an extra employee in our Business Office."
  • "The number one reason a school should join the consortium is because there is power in numbers."
  • "Prior to joining the consortium, our premium increases were unpredictable and volatile, and we were forced to make difficult plan design decisions to help control them each year. Since joining the consortium, our premium increases have been predictable and less volatile, and the plan designs have been stable."
  • Rye Country Day School Success Story
 

  

 

  

Medical Plans

  • Any combination of the six plan options:
    • PPO
    • POS
    • EPO
    • Transitional EPO
    • HSA/PPO
    • HSA/EPO
  • One of the largest nationwide and local networks

Vision Plan

  • One optional vision plan
  • In and out-of-network coverage nationwide
  • Minimal participation required

Dental Plans

  • Three optional PPO dental plans
  • In and out-of-network coverage nationwide
  • Minimal participation required

Rating

The NYSAIS Consortium provides a three tier premium structure to continue to be competitive with respect to your specific school's claims experience and demographics.

 

 

 

  

Benefits Account Management

  • Dedicated service team
  • Claims advocacy 
  • Facilitate renewal and open enrollment
  • Analysis of contribution strategies
  • Billing and enrollment audits
  • Year-to-date utilization and claims dashboards
  • Wellness facilitation

Benefits Plan Administration and Facilitation

  • Evaluate and implement member school plan options
  • Coordinate faculty and staff enrollment meetings
  • COBRA administration
  • Medicare notices and reporting
  • Initial benefits notice distribution
  • Elevated carrier services model
  • Dedicated NYSAIS member call center and extended hours 

 

 HR Consulting and Benefits Compliance

  • HR manager hotline
  • eCompliance portal
  • Summary Plan Description ready for attorney review
  • Electronic distribution templates
  • Open enrollment checklist and compliance call
  • Employee handbook assessment
  • Compliance events and webinars
  • Employee surveys
  • NYSAIS newsletters
  • Timely and relevant eAlerts
  • HR360 library
  • ACA guidance

 

 

eServices Benefits Administration Technology

  • Employee self-service
  • Plan comparison and decision making tools
  • Online open enrollment and life events
  • Allows for compliant electronic distribution
  • Processes enrollments, changes, and terminations
  • Member school administration
  • Alerts
  • Approve transactions
  • Permissions based access
  • School / faculty and staff communications
  • Customizable reporting tools
  • Document library
  • EDI carrier feeds
  • COBRA feed
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