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TIA increases insurance benefits for members

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has formed an alliance with Baltimore, Md.-based Select Benefits Communications Group (SBCG) to help its members with their insurance needs, including transitioning to the new healthcare reform.

SBCG's focus is on designing insurance benefits for full- and part-time employees not offered traditional major medical benefits.

"Oftentimes, these employees and their families go without any medical benefits or access to the traditional community of healthcare providers," says TIA. "Without any such benefits, the financial effects of even modest healthcare needs can be devastating."

SBCG will provide the insurance plan designs, employee education, enrollment and policyholder service assistance to employees being offered these limited medical indemnity plans and access to a nationwide network of PPO doctors. A link to the available indemnity limited medical plans can be found here.

(For those employees of TIA members wishing to apply for individually underwritten major medical coverage, a TIA branded portal has been established at

In addition to the indemnity limited medical plans, SBCG also will assist TIA members with their transition plans for complying with the requirements of the new health care reform that goes into effect in January 2014. Those transition steps will begin now and lead into the newly mandated benefit offerings.

TIA will have a webinar that will focus on this new program on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To register, follow this link: This webinar is open free of charge to both current and future TIA members.

“With the new healthcare law moving ahead, TIA felt it was important to identify and promote a program that would help meet the health benefit needs of tire dealers, but also to guide them through the transition to the new national healthcare reform that takes effect in 2014,” says Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of TIA.

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