Vits will consult with clients as they structure their employee benefit packages—from initial procurement and analysis to implementation. The firm notes that the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or ACA) has ushered in a need for subject matter experts with the skills to adapt to changes and recommend solutions to keep clients competitive in the job market.
Kristen Allison, president and CEO of Burnham Benefits in Irvine, California, says the firm hopes to leverage Vits’ expertise in ACA compliance, business development, communications and strategic client support.
Vits’ career in employee benefits began at Baker, Thomsen Associates, where she moved through a number of positions and remained with the firm as it was acquired by Brown & Brown. In addition to consultation, Vits launched and led a webinar series at Brown & Brown, managed partner relationships, served as a technical lead and pursued new business opportunities.
Prior to her career in employee benefits, Vits worked in various accounting and advertising roles. She predicts technology will help drive the next evolution of health care, and says she plans to draw upon a strong technical background in the new role with Burnham Benefits.
“I think any health care strategy should include technology,” Vits says. Online systems will help streamline efficiencies within organizations and the emergence of private exchanges will become increasingly attractive to employers looking to control or reduce costs, she adds. New technologies will also allow employers to offer more choice to attract, recruit, and retain employees while maintaining regulatory compliance.
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