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VSEBT Posts Successful Year

10 Jun

The following is an update letter sent out to members of Valley Schools, which include the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT), the Valley Schools Workers’ Compensation Pool (VSWCP) and the Valley Schools Insurance Trust (VSIT).  Tom Boone is the Chairman and CEO.  Congratulations on another outstanding year to the Valley Schools’ team!

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Dear Member,

Let me start out by saying that we appreciate having you as a continuing member in Valley Schools. The following are some recent events at Valley Schools that may be of interest to you:

  • Valley Schools is constantly negotiating with all our providers to save you money on insurance. As a result, effective July 1, 2013, we changed our life insurance carrier to ING. This change saved 21% off basic life insurance rates for all members and includes a three-year rate guarantee. We also changed our Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) to UHC/OptumRX which should result in a reduction of pharmacy costs of about 2%.
  • The audits for 2012 are complete and we have received an unqualified opinion. An unqualified opinion is the best possible audit outcome, meaning that there are no areas for concern, comment or revision. Since Valley Schools started in 1987, we have had unqualified opinions on all audits, every year. We are proud of our 25 years of clean audit findings. The 2012 audit reports were recently sent to all members.
  • National healthcare policy is changing rapidly and dramatically. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed in 2010 changes nearly every aspect of health delivery in the country. Valley Schools is committed to keeping our members informed and ready for this shifting regulatory landscape. We are providing quarterly briefings for all members to review all aspects of PPACA. We would strongly encourage your human resources, employee benefits staff, or others you may want to participate, to attend these meetings.
  • Again, for the 2013-14 fiscal year, Valley Schools had 100% retention of all current members. In addition, we welcome the Madison Elementary School District as a new member for FY 2013-14.

You should have already received a copy of our audit results. I am available to you at any time should you have any questions. All of our board meetings are posted and we encourage you to attend when your schedule allows it.

Sincerely,

Tom Boone

CEO/Chairman

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Tom Boone, Chairman and CEO, Valley Schools

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Balsz School District blazes trail for success story of more class time

10 Dec

Balsz School District blazes trail for success story of more class time

Posted: Dec 03, 2012 4:40 PMUpdated: Dec 08, 2012 4:40 PM

PHOENIX -Do kids do better in school if they spend more time in class? School officials in five states think so. They’re following the lead of a school district in Phoenix that’s already doing it — and it’s paying off.Schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee are adding 300 hours of time to the school year.

The Balsz Elementary School District in Phoenix extended its school year four years ago. It’s now a model for the rest of the country.

This is Beth Lewis’ 6th grade class at Griffith Elementary School, located near 44th Street and McDowell in Phoenix.

They’re working on math.

“We are doing percents, how to figure out percents from numbers that don’t equal one hundred,” says student Colynn Harvey.

Most students go to school 180 days a year. These students go 200 days. 20 more days — that’s four full school weeks.

“I like it because we have more days to learn,” says student Ben Denton.

“Do you ever feel like you aren’t getting enough of a vacation?” we asked.

“No!”

Teachers say more school pays off.

“I remember being young and getting back into school and there were so many cobwebs in my head,” says teacher Beth Lewis. “I think with the 6-week summer there is not a lot of time to forget.”

Four years ago Balsz School District was an under performing school district, but then came the changes and the expanded calendar, and since then the situation has improved dramatically. The schools district-wide got a B grade, and Griffith Elementary got an A.

Balsz has blazed a trail for other school districts.

“We are very proud of having made that bold move for our community which has embraced this opportunity for extra learning,” says Chris Canelake, Balsz School District.

Teachers in the district are paid a little more to work the extra days.

They like the program. They say it keeps kids busy and they learn better and more consistently than they do in summer school.

PROCUREMENT VERSUS TRUST PARTICIPATION – OPTIONS IN INSURANCE BUYING

19 Nov

In Arizona an organization is making great strides in re-educating government procurement entities on their options for group purchasing insurance.  In many government settings, standard procurement processes are often used exclusively, without giving proper consideration to other options legally available.  Sometimes these other options can yield great savings and better services and products as well.

Here is a PowerPoint presentation put together recently by Bill Munch of the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) on how group purchasing options should be considered in addition to standard single-entity procurement:

Options in Insurance Buying FINAL 09132012

The Power Point is pretty self-explanatory, but for more information, please feel free to contact Bill Munch, Andrea Billings, or Sheri Gilbert at 623-594-4370.

Bill Munch

Valley Schools Holds 5th Annual Conference

26 Oct

Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) is a group purchasing cooperative organization that saves its members millions per year in insurance, workers’ compensation and employee benefits costs.  It was created in 1987 and has expanded into all three areas over time.  This is the fifth consecutive year that the VSMG, run by Tom Boone, has held an annual conference to inform its members on the latest in insurance, workers’ compensation and employee benefits laws, regulations and opportunities for savings.  VSMG is truly a model for transparency and keeping their membership informed and up to date on all issues.

This year, Andrea Billings, Administrator for the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) was one of the speakers, discussing the latest in health care and other benefits for tens of thousands of members in the VSEBT.

Rebecca McGonigle of VSEBT, Dr. Steven Masley, and Andrea Billings of VSEBT

In the past, the conference has featured guest speakers including Congressman John Shadegg, Dr. Andrew Weil the wellness guru, and Dr. Nick Yphantides, author of My Big Fat Greek Diet.  This year the featured speaker was Dr. Steven Masley, author of Ten Years Younger.

 

Have you wondered, How Old Are You, Really?  You know what’s written on your birth certificate, but as you’re aware your chronological age may not match your biological age.  you are invited to hear a presentation by Steven Masley, M.D., a physician whose work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, and over 200 media interviews. His program, Ten Years Younger is scientifically proven to work, with results published in multiple peer reviewed medical journals.

The Ten Years Younger Program is designed to combat the roots of accelerated aging. Poor nutrition, toxins in the environment, stress, and exposure to free radicals all make us old before our time, along with a little-known aging culprit: low- and no-carb diets.

“Dr. Masley shows us how we can take control of the aging process. Follow this simple ten-week plan, and you’ll find yourself getting younger, day by day.”
– Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Steven Masley, M.D. is a board and fellow certified family physician and nutritionist, author, speaker, and award-winning patient educator. His research focuses on the impact of lifestyle choices on aging, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cognitive function, menopause, and weight control. His passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive medical assessments and lifestyle changes.

Senior staff from the Paradise Valley Unified School District study the presentations.

Attendees went through a grueling time of back-to-back presentations, but once again very much appreciated the in depth information.  More organizations need to bring in their senior clients and membership to keep them informed and inspired like the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) does regularly.

Left to right, Tom Boone, Tim O’Brien, Skip Brown, Jim Migliorino and Ted Carpenter

Tom Boone, Chairman and CEO of VSMG, Opens up the Conference

 

 

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