CHICAGO, IL – February 25, 2014 – ConnectedHealth, the first consumer-focused ecommerce benefits platform, today announced that it kicked-off 2014 with over 20 newly signed deals to provide its award-winning Smart Choices™ Marketplace to new partners nationwide. Some of these clients include Buffalo Wild Wings® Peoria Illinois, a franchise group of the national chain restaurant that features its namesake chicken wings, and Charles Rutenberg Realty, which specializes in both the purchasing and listing of residential and commercial properties in the greater Chicagoland area. Collectively, ConnectedHealth’s new partners – which work with hundreds of employers nationwide employing millions of Americans – span a wide range of industries from restaurants and hotels to national payroll companies and event services.
In Buffalo Wild Wings’ (also known as B-Dubs®) case, the Illinois-based franchise worked with ConnectedHealth to provide its full-time employees access to individual insurance options – on and off the public exchange – and from multiple carriers. The company is giving these employees a specified allowance, or defined contribution, that they can then use on the marketplace to help offset the premium costs of their chosen coverage. Part-time employees can also access the company’s marketplace to shop for individual coverage, and can use ConnectedHealth’s tools to determine if they qualify for a government discount (also known as a tax credit) to use toward their individual coverage premium.
“When we started doing the math, we realized that rising healthcare prices were causing us to feel a significant margin crunch – just as Obamacare was gearing up,” said Doug Cekander, owner of the Buffalo Wild Wings Peoria Illinois Franchise Group. “ConnectedHealth stepped in and gave us the benefits strategy and technology we needed to address these cost and compliance challenges, while offering our busy employees a benefits package that was tailored to their needs.”
Charles Rutenberg Realty was also looking to implement a benefits strategy that would help them address the impact of health reform, while providing comprehensive benefit options to hundreds of their associates. Enter ConnectedHealth. The company developed an individual-based platform that integrates health and ancillary coverage options – on and off the public exchange – for the Charles Rutenberg Realty workforce, which includes full- and part-time associates.
“ConnectedHealth’s shopping platform is truly unmatched in the industry,” said Ray Zabielski, managing broker of Charles Rutenberg Realty. “What sold us was the exceptional experience that the platform delivers through unique support tools and personalization options. We’re excited to launch the platform because we know this will help make the lives of our associates much easier.”
“2013 was an extremely busy time for ConnectedHealth, and 2014 is already off to an unprecedented start for us,” said President of ConnectedHealth, Joe Donlan. “We’re thrilled to have Buffalo Wild Wings and Charles Rutenberg Realty on board. They are perfect examples of forward-thinking companies — from very different industries — who are advancing by leaps and bounds as they re-imagine the best way for their employees to choose coverage and get the most out of their healthcare dollars. We expect to see a lot more of this in 2014.”
ConnectedHealth drives corporate growth by making it easy for employees to be healthy and financially secure. Founded by pioneers of the consumer transparency movement, the Company’s award-winning consumer-friendly platform delivers innovative benefits strategies while offering consumers the most intuitive shopping platform available. To learn more about how ConnectedHealth is revolutionizing group and individual benefits, visit us at www.ConnectedHealth.com or on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter.
About Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly–flavored, made–to–order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York–style chicken wings. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi–media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country. There are 960 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 49 states in the United States, as well as in Canada.
About Charles Rutenberg Realty
Founded in 2004, Charles Rutenberg Realty is the number one midsize company on the 2013 Chicago Tribune Top 100 Workplace list with agents covering the greater Chicagoland area, including Chicago and all suburban markets of DuPage, suburban Cook, Will, Kendall, Kane and Lake counties. Charles Rutenberg Realty is your resource for buying, selling, renting or leasing your home. With expertise in real estate for both purchasing and listing properties in the entire greater Chicagoland area including Chicago, Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Wheaton, Downers Grove and all surrounding suburban areas, you have found the right resource for all of your real estate needs. For more information, please visit: http://www.crrchicago.com/