How Changes May Affect Your Insurance Premiums

Rachel Houghton

Rachel Houghton

Account Representative at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rachel is a licensed insurance Broker with 25 years of commercial and personal lines experience in both sales and service, making her a well-rounded member of the Merriam Agency Service Team.In her spare time Rachel enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and four boys.

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Keeping up with customer needs is one of the most important parts of a service team’s job. Our service team has decades of combined experience and compassion for our clients’ business and personal needs. Helping you, the client, through changes is part of our daily work. Be it a simple...

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Richard Hale

Richard Hale

Marketing Director at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rich joined Merriam Insurance in the spring of 2017 as the Marketing Director. He earned a BA in English Literary Studies from the University at Albany, and has obtained his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Motorola University.

Rich is most passionate about helping people understand the important benefits of working with an independent broker such as the Merriam Insurance Agency. It is his mission to ensure clients know where they can gain access to everything they would need, should the unthinkable happen.

When he's not working, Rich enjoy's spending time with his two teenage children and their golden retriever Alfred.

Marketing Director
Schenectady, New York

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As the Affordable Care Act enters into a new phase, many regulations attached to it may represent a burden to your organization. The Health Benefit experts at Merriam Insurance may have the solution, HR360. HR360 our FREE online HR Library, features a step-by-step guide on how to comply with major benefit laws...

Long-Term Care Insurance

A close relative of mine has always been a saver. He would squirrel away money and only bought used cars rather than new. When it came to wanting something that was new, even if it was on sale, he would instead choose to purchase used if in fact he couldn’t...

Prepare now for Long-Term Care

Richard Hale

Richard Hale

Marketing Director at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rich joined Merriam Insurance in the spring of 2017 as the Marketing Director. He earned a BA in English Literary Studies from the University at Albany, and has obtained his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Motorola University.

Rich is most passionate about helping people understand the important benefits of working with an independent broker such as the Merriam Insurance Agency. It is his mission to ensure clients know where they can gain access to everything they would need, should the unthinkable happen.

When he's not working, Rich enjoy's spending time with his two teenage children and their golden retriever Alfred.

Marketing Director
Schenectady, New York

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The majority of Americans will spend time in a nursing home or other long-term care facility at some point in their lives, but most have done nothing to plan for this event. Given the current options for addressing long-term care, they may carry the bulk of the burden personally. Currently, 12 million Americans...

Health Insurance Renewal Season

Shannon McMeel

Shannon McMeel

TPA Services Representative at Merriam Insurance Agency
Shannon McMeel

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Health insurance renewal season is upon us once again. Every year in recent memory there has been an increase of premium which can be scary and frustrating. The Merriam Agency can ease the frustration of determining which health plan will bring the best overall value to your company and your...

The Problem with Healthcare

I recently read an editorial entitled, “Business Should Support Single Payer Health Care,” penned by a member of my native New York State Assembly. In his comments he stated, “Cost is the issue that compels me to support the single payer solution.” This Assemblyman went on to write such inaccurate,...

Controlling Health Insurance Costs

Despite the declarations of politicians, statistics show the cost of health insurance continuing to rise dramatically. Newton’s third law of physics, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” applies in economics as well as physics. As our government continues to make “free services” available along with reducing payments, the costs are showing up in other areas. Quite simply, insurers are passing along the cost to the person who writes the checks. “Value-Based Purchasing” (kind-of a reverse version of pay-for-performance) and “Reduced Payments for Hospital Readmissions” are the two most

Same-Sex Marriages, Domestic Partnerships, and COBRA

Shannon McMeel

Shannon McMeel

TPA Services Representative at Merriam Insurance Agency
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June marked the anniversaries of two noteworthy United States Supreme Court decisions concerning same-sex American couples. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act—which provided that only opposite-sex individuals could be recognized as married “spouses” for...