Gallagher Broker Ethan Hendrickx Recognized as a 2019 Employee Benefits Power Broker

Ethan Hendrickx
Area Vice President
Gallagher, Cleveland

Ethan Hendrickx, Area Vice President, Gallagher

When the three-year guaranteed-cost health insurance pilot program for Koinonia Homes’ low-income employees ended in 2018, the nonprofit faced 100 percent premium increases, said Diane Beastrom, CEO.

To mitigate the increase while preserving the company’s goal of high-quality, low-cost insurance, Ethan Hendrickx worked hard with the carrier on four plan options, from “very affordable to richer,” that locked in rates for three years.

“Ethan personally walked this through. If he hadn’t been in the meetings, if he hadn’t brought his resources and relationships, we would have had a different result,” Beastrom said.

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Rather than eliminate its most expensive health care option, which would have made financial sense for the organization but run contrary to its culture, it hybridized its richest plan, cutting costs by eliminating a few less-used providers from the plan’s network.

“Some brokers don’t get so involved in the organization,” said Liz Peschges, VP, culture and strategy.

“They’re about spreadsheets and numbers.” Not Hendrickx.

“There’s a human here, and we trust him.”

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