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Breaking News!

July 9, 2019

Vermont Community Wellness Grants

Due date: September 9, 2019

Total funding amount: $20,000

For more info:

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports is seeking proposals to provide funding for the development of new community wellness initiatives, improvement of existing community wellness programs, and/or collaboration between worksites and community wellness initiatives across the state of VT. The purpose of the Community Wellness grant is to offer funding assistance with the development of a new wellness program, improve an existing wellness program, or pursue new wellness initiatives that will have an impact on the health and well-being of community members within the state of VT.

 A total of $20,000 is available for this award period. The total number of grants and amounts awarded will be based upon the number received and reviewer evaluations. The Community Wellness award is a one-time award that can be used to cover materials and personnel expenses related to the establishment or improvement of a wellness program, community program, or collaboration between a worksite and community that will have an impact on the health and well-being of community members demonstrated with measurable health objectives/outcomes. Although several aspects of wellness (i.e. mental health, social well-being) will be considered for this funding mechanism special consideration will be given to those including physical activity as a primary component.  Please see the attached call for proposals for details on eligible activities.

Breaking News!

June 19, 2019

VACE Health Plans Will Not Renew on January 1, 2020

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) announced last week that they will not renew these health plans as a result of a U.S. District Court ruling back in March 2019. The courts ruled that the "U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority in expanding association health plans." Consequently, DFR believes they have no legal standing or regulatory framework for these plans to exist beyond 2019. We're sorry to inform you that the VACE health plans will end December 31, 2019.

GMCB Insurance Bulletin No. 205

BRS Member Message

The Department of Financial Regulation will host two telephonic townhalls to further discuss the federal circumstances and answer your questions:  

  • Thursday June 27, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST

  • Tuesday July 2, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST 

The dial-in for both calls is 1-877-270-2148 and you will ask the operator to connect you to the DFR Association Health Plan Call. 

For more Health Care Reform news updates, click here.

Breaking News!

June 17, 2019

The Richards Group was the proud recipient again this year (2019) of the Best of Business Awards in the Employee Benefits Consulting space.  We were represented at the award event by Tom Scull, Partner, Jessi Jacobs, Select Business Unit Director, Cassandra Crockett, Account Manager, and Betsy Ploof, Senior Account Manager.

We shared this honor with many of our very own clients and celebrated with a high stakes game of Jenga!

Click here for a link to all winners.

Breaking News!

June 3, 2019

Congrats to Diane and Barbara who together represent almost 40 years of service at The Richards Group!  Diane and Barb helped create what we have today, one of the very best Employee Benefits Advisory Firms in New England!  Thanks for all your time, guidance, professionalism and commitment.  Enjoy Retirement, we’ll miss you.”   ~Tom Scull

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Breaking News!

May 30, 2019

2020 HDHP and HSA Limits Announced!

For more Health Care Reform news updates, click here.

Breaking News!

May 14, 2019

Click the links below for a summary of the requested rate increases and additional detail by plan that MVP and BCBS recently filed for 2020 Vermont Health Connect Plans.

BCBS Filing 2020

MVP Filing 2020

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March 27, 2019

The Richards Group was recently named one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Vermont for a fourth consecutive year.


Breaking News!

March 14, 2019

The 2019 Vermont Worksite Wellness Awards Winner Announced!

The Richards Group congratulates clients for earning 2019 Vermont Worksite Wellness Awards. These
awards, sponsored by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of
Health, honor Vermont employers for innovative and best practices to improve the lives of Vermont citizens. The
awards create a standard of excellence for worksite wellness programs across the state. Award winners have
demonstrated an established wellness strategy that provides a health-promoting environment and supports the
physical and emotional wellbeing of their employees. To learn about our employee wellness services, contact Lindsay

For more wellness updates, click here

Better Benefits. Better People.
Better for Your Business.

A key component to every successful business is its ability to find and retain great employees—after all, they’re the ones that help keep your business moving every day. One of the best ways for you to do this is to offer your employees a competitive benefits package as a form of compensation.

With a staff of 23 in our Employee Benefits Division, we are spread throughout Vermont in Chittenden, Bennington, Orange, Windsor, Windham and Rutland Counties and in Keene, NH. At The Richards Group, we understand how important it is to strike the right balance between what you provide for your employees and how much it affects your company’s bottom line. That’s why we’ll work with you as a partner and extension of your team to develop a comprehensive and affordable employee benefits program that will give you a strong, competitive edge. As the region's leading resource to help you understand the effects of healthcare reform and its' implications, we're here to help.  Our strategy is uniquely focused to help make your organization a Best Place to Work.  The Richards Group and many of our clients hold this endorsement.  Using a steering wheel approach, we pilot our clients 360 degrees navigating risk management, compliance, work site wellness, human resources, payroll and leadership development.

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