We are two friends who frequently process through tricky employee benefits concerns together. After traveling in overlapping professional circles for years, we finally started talking at a boring meeting and realized how much we had in common. One of the first things we noticed about each other is that we share the same superpower. We both can break complex health policy requirements down so that anyone can understand them (and maybe even find them a little bit interesting).
Jen Berman is an employee benefits attorney who has a long history of helping businesses and brokers create innovative and compliant employee benefit plan solutions. Jessica Waltman is a recovering health policy lobbyist who has shaped state and federal laws related to health insurance, employee benefits, and benefit brokers for over two decades. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, we both found ourselves taking on new roles as “ACA compliance educators.” This title means we spend lots of time analyzing health care reform developments. It also means we are frequently called on to provide commentary and serve as professional speakers on a wide variety of health care reform and employee benefits issues.
We both formed companies a few years ago to help employers and insurance brokers stay on top of different aspects of the changing health care landscape. Our two businesses recently started partnering together to provide enhanced benefit compliance services to our clients. Creating this online community seemed like another great way to share our combined nerdiness and expertise with friends.