Benefits Network Makes Holiday Delivery to Somerset Food Pantry
Missing from photo: Joni Thomas, Kari
Imhoff, and Tracy Tirko
Somerset, Pennsylvania – Employees of Benefits
Network and Your Health Insurance Shop teamed up to donate a pickup
truck full of food to the Somerset Area Food Pantry.
Throughout the year, employees donate money and chip in $1 every
time they choose to wear jeans to work (other than a Friday). At the
end of the year $600 was collected to buy food for the Somerset Area
As in years past, Casey Maschue and Debbie Sanner spearheaded the
effort by checking bargains weeks ahead and shopping from local
Just before Christmas, Benefits Network employees gathered in the
parking lot behind their Main Street Office to load Mashue's pickup
truck. Shown, left to right, are Debbie Sanner, Heather Kiraly,
Tracey Kiesnowski, Deb Barron, Casey Maschue, Mandy Sujansky, Cristy
Pritts, Kelly Barron and Holly Purbaugh
Your Health Insurance Shop Agents Recognized by Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services
Somerset, Pennsylvania- Three Individual and Senior Product
Specialists with Your Health Insurance Shop in Somerset were
recognized recently as Nationwide Top Performing Agents by the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Kelly Barron, Heather Kiraly and Cristy Pritts, received national
recognition as members of the HealthCare.gov Champions Circle for
their success during the 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace Open
Agents and brokers, who are certified through a registration
process in order to assist people in enrolling in health insurance
through the Marketplaces via HealthCare.gov, receive recognition
when they exceed 20 consumers making plan selections on
HealthCare.gov. The Specialists at Your Health Insurance Shop
located at 130 West Main Street in Somerset have already helped more
than 200 individuals to choose a plan during this open enrollment
"Agents and brokers, like the ones we have recognized, are there
for people in the community," said Kevin Counihan, Marketplace CEO.
"They help people get the coverage they need for their families,
when they need it."
Nationally, a record number of people signed up for Marketplace
insurance coverage this fall with Pennsylvania among five states
with the heaviest reported enrollment, according to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. Your Health Insurance
Shop agents will also help people determine if they are eligible for
a tax subsidy, compare the health plan options and sign up online.
There is no fee for their services. For more information, call
814.289.4222 or visit
Benefits Network and Your Health Insurance Shop Honor Clients with Donations to Two Western PA Charities Helping Children and Families
Benefits Network and Your Health
Insurance Shop presented the Children's Aid Home and Society of
Somerset County a check for $500. Children's Aid Home Executive
Director Lynn Sablotski (left) accepts the check from Benefits
Network Debra Barron, Vice President of Consulting Services and Joni
Thomas, Director of Consulting Services and Somerset Operations. The
donation was made in honor of Benefits Network clients.
Somerset, Pennsylvania – Two Western Pennsylvania non-profit organizations who help children and families are receiving donations this holiday season from Benefits Network and Your Health Insurance Shop. This year, instead of sending Christmas cards to their clients and business associates, Benefits Network chose to recognize and honor their clients by making donations to help residents in the local community.
The Children's Aid Home and Society of Somerset County and City Mission-Livings Stones based in Uniontown PA each received checks for $500 from Benefits Network.
The Children's Aid Society was founded in 1889 in Somerset and continues to this day in providing care and comfort to children. Today they offer residential, foster care, adoption and treatment services for children facing adversity.
City Mission –Living Stones serves over 500 homeless men, women and children annually, providing them with an entire continuum of housing services ranging from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing. The agency also offers an array of support services helping clients move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
"Both the Children's Aid Society and City Mission are Benefits Network clients that are doing wonderful things in our community. We are happy to help these organizations continue their mission of service to the community by making these donations in honor of our clients," said David Straight, President and CEO of Benefits Network.
Benefits Network President Honored as American Diabetes Top
Benefits Network President David
Straight, left, with his ‘Rock to Stop Diabetes' co-chair, Greg
Anderson President of Directworks. Greg also serves as Director on
the Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association
of Western Pennsylvania.
Straight, President and CEO of Wexford based Benefits Network, was
honored by the American Diabetes Association of Western Pennsylvania
as this year's a top individual fundraiser. He received the award
recently at the ADA's annual recognition dinner held at the Lemont
Restaurant in Pittsburgh.
Over the last 5 years, Dave has raised
$140,000 by hosting ‘Rock to Stop Diabetes' at Jergels Rhythm Grille
in Warrendale. More than 300 people attended this year's event which
brought in $31,000 from attendees, corporate donors, and silent
Team members from Benefits Network's Wexford
and Somerset offices were on board to help with the event along with
Dave's band, Cracked Voices, which provided the entertainment.
Benefits Network holds ‘Rock to Stop Diabetes' in support of
American Diabetes Association
For the fifth consecutive year, Benefits Network helped kick off
the American Diabetes Association Walk to Stop Diabetes with a high
energy Saturday afternoon rock fest led by Benefits Network CEO Dave
Straight, team members from Wexford and Somerset offices and
Straight's band, Cracked Voices.
Over the last 5 years, over $140,000 has been raised with this
year's event bringing in more than $31,000.
The annual event which is held at Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale has morphed into a great time for Benefits Network
clients, employees, sponsors and supporters. Funds are raised from
corporate donors, ticket sales, auction donations and more with all
proceeds benefiting the American Diabetes Association.
Dave's band, Cracked Voices, provides the much anticipated
entertainment. The band was formed in the 1990s from a group of
neighbors including Kevin Handerhan, and Rob Laird on guitar, Mike
Chieppor on drums and bass guitar and Dave on harmonica and
keyboard. Wives Lauren Laird and Val Straight add to the vocals with
Val also playing Sax. Another former neighbor, referred to as the
Percussion Wizard, flies in from North Carolina to play in the few
gigs they play each other.
Cracked Voices now only plays two or three gigs per year – all
A special thanks to the Sponsors and many organizations and
individual who donated auction items, all helping to make Rock to
Stop Diabetes successful:
Platinum Sponsors: MSA, UPMC Health Plan
and Benefits Network
Gold Sponsors: Directworks, Ron & Lisa
Kuchera, Karen L. Vidt, CPA, Smart Security Solutions, Traf-Sys,
Silver Sponsors: AmeriServ, E.MAP, REHA
Key Contributors: 525Flynn Consulting
Company, Smith and Foster Morris
Advertisers/Contributors: #1 Cochran, Appalachian Rock Shop, CTR
Human Capital Management, Michael M. McDonough, Inc., Partners
Program Printing Sponsor: Ditto
T-Shirt Sponsor: Spreadshirt
Venue Sponsor: Jergel's Rhythm Grille
The signed Sidney Crosby jersey was a top
Kelly Jo Barron, Melinda Baronetski and
Jim Monteleone (l-r) help spread the cheer at the
annual Rock to Stop Diabetes.
Benefits Network team registering guests
including (l-r) Tracey Tirko, Kelly Jo Barron,
Cheranne Jurena, Susan McKee and John Mueller.
Network CEO Dave Straight channels his "inner rock
star" on vocals, keyboard and harmonica!
The band, Cracked
Voices, rocks the crowd at Jergel's Rhythm Grill.
you buy individual health insurance through the Marketplace, you'll
be faced with fewer options.
United Healthcare, the nation's largest health insurer and Aetna
have both said they are withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act
exchange in Pennsylvania. Their withdrawal means that UPMC Health
Plan and Highmark are the only firms offering individual health
plans in western Pennsylvania. Rates are expected to go up, but will
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