By Britt Johnsen
For as long as Jay Langer can remember, health insurance premiums have always gone up at the business where he’s co-owner, Truck Utilities — and usually by five to seven percent.
He’s been with the company for many years, and to his recollection, he’s never seen premiums stay flat. They’ve always increased.
Until they started working with Trig.
In the last year, since Truck began working with Trig, they saw flat premiums rather than an increase. This is revolutionary for the company.
“I was shocked,” Langer said. “It’s huge for us.”
Truck Utilities — which has locations in St. Paul, Kansas City and Fargo — began working with Trig, a new company that aims to decrease healthcare costs and reduce medical errors. Trig does this for individuals and companies by educating people specifically how to use the healthcare system in a way that saves them time, money and stress, and improves their experience with healthcare.
This is a service that every company and individual needs. Americans currently spend $750 billion in healthcare waste each year, and medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. — behind heart disease and cancer.
Emily Hulstein, a Trig consultant serving Truck Utilities’ employees, began having conversations with the employees on a regular basis. And over time, Langer said, people began to identify problems that they never touched before. For example, chiropractors can be covered by some insurance plans — that is something not everyone understands. A person simply has to understand in-network coverage versus out-of-network coverage.
Langer said that while doing business for 20 to 30 years, it was just expected to see insurance increases each year. But Trig owner Bob Hanlon opened their eyes, Langer said.
“I just thought, ‘What have we got to lose?’”
One short year later, after Trig started talking with employees and getting into the nitty-gritty details, Truck is seeing real results.
“We’re so busy, we get in a rut,” Langer said. “We just need a reminder sometimes of what’s available.”
Truck Utilities, which has been doing business since 1963, offers services and repairs that range from light welding and metal bending to custom bodies and installations. Langer has worked with many people over the years. He says that, in addition to Trig saving them money, he’s also extremely pleased with the people he gets to work with.
“It’s hard to find people like that,” he says of Trig. “It’s a treat to deal with people like that.”
Learn more about Trig and sign up today if you’re not a member yet: www.trigls.com.