CHARLESTON, S.C., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Benefitfocus, a leading provider of healthcare and benefits technology, today announced that the Archdiocese of Seattle has selected the cloud-based portal BENEFITFOCUS HR INTOUCH® to streamline its employee benefit administration and enrollment process. With approximately 4,500 employees, the Archdiocese of Seattle serves more than 600,000 registered Catholics in all counties west of the Cascade Range from the Canadian to the Oregon border.
The Archdiocese supports a workforce comprised of 147 parishes, 57 elementary schools, five high schools and the pastoral center. The organization will leverage HR InTouch to consolidate all benefit-related information in one place, creating a better way to navigate and manage changes in the healthcare and benefits space. Using a one-to-many model, HR InTouch automates the exchange of data between the Archdiocese, all partner insurance carriers and each entity's current payroll system, eliminating the manual data collection and entry processes.
Archdiocesan employees can access the portal any time using any web-enabled device, experiencing the same high quality on a smartphone or tablet as they would a personal computer. Whether enrolling in benefits for the first time or making elections during open enrollment, Archdiocese of Seattle employees will benefit from HR InTouch's decision support tools and personalized guided shopping experience. This technology gives them plan comparison tools to provide further insight about plan details, allowing employees to evaluate their options and make informed decisions based on out-of-pocket costs and their individual coverage needs.
"We anticipate a tremendous improvement in our benefits communication through the introduction of an online portal where our employees can explore plan options at their convenience," said Patty Lutz, Assistant Benefits Service Director for the Archdiocese of Seattle. "Benefitfocus stood out for the best-in-class service delivered through their technology solutions, making us feel at ease with our decision to move away from our antiquated paper enrollment to a more efficient cloud-based benefit administration."
"It's an honor to be selected by the Archdiocese of Seattle to bring simplicity and greater personalization to their benefits packages," said Benefitfocus President and CEO Shawn Jenkins. "The Archdiocese of Seattle employees convey great passion for their organization's mission. We are excited to provide a more convenient way for them to shop, enroll, manage and exchange their personal health and benefits information. Our mission to create a better way to manage benefits influences every step in the design and evolution of our technology. It is what drives our associates to create the best experience for our clients."
The Archdiocese of Seattle will be live on the BENEFITFOCUS® Platform in May 2013.
About Archdiocese of Seattle
The Archdiocese of Seattle is one of 170 dioceses of the Catholic Church in the United States with more than 2,600 benefit eligible employees at 147 parishes and a system of 62 schools. The Archdiocese comprises all of western Washington, a geographic area of approximately 28,000 square miles, and is home to more than half a million Catholics.
Benefitfocus is a leading benefits technology provider in the U.S. More than 18 million members, 300,000 employers and 60,000 brokers use our cloud-based platform to shop, enroll, manage and exchange all their benefits in one place. From consumer engagement and education to enrollment, communication and billing, Benefitfocus is helping companies find a better way to manage their benefits. For more information, visit www.benefitfocus.com. Benefitfocus – All Your Benefits. One Place.