Cornerstone Group Announces Private Exchange for Large Group Employers

WARWICK, RI – Cornerstone Group, Rhode Island’s only member firm of United Benefit Advisors® (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization, today announced the launch of Benefits Passport, a private insurance exchange marketplace that is now open for coverage effective January 1, 2014.

Powered by Hanna Global Solutions (HGS), Benefits Passport serves large group employers (more than 50 employees). Through the exchange, employees can buy healthcare insurance from a choice of the state’s three largest carriers: UnitedHealthcare of New England, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Tufts Health Plan. Employees pay for the coverage through monthly premiums paid from pre-tax dollars and employers make defined contributions to pick up part of the tab.

In addition to medical insurance, ancillary benefits such as dental, vision, life, disability and critical illness are also available. Benefits Passport also offers employees a full range of support services, including 24/7 access and support through a U.S.-based advocacy center to make it easier for employees to shop, understand and choose their benefits package.

“Benefits Passport is an affordable insurance option to help employers reduce costs, increase efficiency, simplify administration and provide exceptional value to employees in the face of healthcare reform,” said Robert Calise, Principal at Cornerstone Group. “Benefits Passport enables us to be able to better serve our clients, and we are excited to be the first to offer this streamlined health insurance solution to large groups in Rhode Island.”

Interested companies can get more information, pricing details and a demo of Benefits Passport by calling (401) 884-5700.


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About Cornerstone Group

Founded in 1993, the Cornerstone Group has forged a reputation as a leading benefits advisory firm, serving more than 1,500 employers nationwide. As its clients’ needs have changed over the years, Cornerstone has evolved to meet them with an expanding selection of services designed to address all aspects of employee management. From benefits advisory, payroll services and human resource consulting, to compliance advice and retirement solutions, Cornerstone’s rapid but measured growth results from the expansion of core services clients want and expect from a full-service advisory firm.

About United Benefit Advisors
United Benefit Advisors is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Visit

About Hanna Global Solutions
Benefits Passport is Powered by Hanna Global Solutions (HGS), a UBA Partner Firm located in Concord, Calif. HGS has more than 20 years of experience managing benefit programs for technology services companies and currently serves more than 50,000 employees. Their long-tenured team provides extensive experience and unique insight into end-to-end benefits administration, plan designs and pricing strategies that save clients millions in health care costs. HGS has developed numerous proprietary processes, technology platforms and other tools that help manage complex client business models.


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