As CEO of Lockton Dunning Benefits, Bruce Sammis serves as a high-level strategic consultant providing leadership to client service teams, while concurrently growing the Dallas office's book of business. Prior to joining the company in 1995 as partner and vice president, Sammis served as vice president of employee benefits for CIGNA HealthCare. Sammis earned his B.A. in economics from Washington & Lee University in 1982.

Small Group Insurance Rate Shock

The federal health reform law’s signature provisions will soon drop like a hammer on the small group health insurance market, imposing new coverage mandates. In January 2014, many small employers (typically defined as employers with 50 or fewer employees, although the Affordable Care Act, or “ACA,” permits states to include employers with up to 100 employees) will see dramatic changes to the cost and structure of their health benefits due to regulations under the ACA. It is critical that small business owners understand the nature, timing and likely consequences of the coming changes, because they will reshape the small group… Full Story

The Innovator’s Paradise

In my 30 years in managed care and employee benefits, my colleagues and I have never seen innovation drive change at such a rapid pace. Several macroeconomic forces have converged in our world creating an environment ripe for new, more modern ways of thinking, including: Government reforms (including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) Increased private investment in providers and cost containment vendors More engaged employers seeking to address significantly increasing healthcare costs A growing focus on educating consumers and promoting individual accountability for health Shifts in the way healthcare is delivered and the way healthcare provider… Full Story