About Benefits Network
For more than 15 years, Benefits Network has been a recognized insurance leader and adviser. We serve hundreds of employers and thousands of individuals and seniors in Western Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Our services cover a broad spectrum including:
- Employee Benefits
- Healthcare Reform and Compliance
- Property & Casualty and Workers’ Compensation
- Individual and Senior Products
- Payroll Services
We Envisioned A Better Way
Prior to forming Benefits Network in 1998, David Straight observed a market that was over-served, yet under-serviced. As Vice President of Marketing & Sales for HealthAmerica, David had worked with most of the hundreds of insurance agencies, brokers and consultants in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
With rare exception, David witnessed that most of the brokers and agents had limited resources, leaned heavily on the insurance carriers to service their clients, and visited their clients only once a year to deliver the next rate increase. He envisioned a better way.
David developed a business plan built around creative marketing, superior and measurable service to clients, and innovative strategies to meet the needs of large groups of businesses.
He ultimately teamed up with investment partner Patrick Mercier, a leading entrepreneur and business owner, and Benefits Network was formed. It quickly became a market leader by truly meeting the needs of its customers.
David assembled a hand-picked team of seasoned advisers and service-minded experts, most of whom are still with the organization today.
In recent years, Benefits Network’s steadfast commitment to the customer and proactive approach to healthcare reform has positioned the firm to serve this market with innovative insurance and compliance solutions for years to come.
Business Coalition Services
Benefits Network serves in the capacity of administrator with David Straight as Executive Director of three major coalitions in Western PA. In this role we provide leading edge solutions for thousands of employers. Learn more about our business coalitions at the links below.
- REHA (Regional Employers Health Alliance) – Serving employers in Washington, Westmoreland, Greene and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania
- E.MAP (Employers Medical Access Partnership) – Serving employers in Cambria, Somerset, Blair and Bedford counties in Pennsylvania
- COG Care (Councils of Government) – Serving Council of Government members in 29 counties in Western Pennsylvania
“Best Place to Work”
Benefits Network continues to be ranked among the best places to work in Western Pennsylvania and has been recognized as the #1 overall winner four times in the past six years. The award is presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times. We are very proud of this distinction and we work hard to create a culture of involvement, empowerment, accountability, and teamwork.
Fastest Growing Insurance Agency and Consulting Firm
Benefits Network has repeatedly been
named by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the top 100 fastest growing businesses in Western Pennsylvania and the fastest growing employee benefits firm in the region.
Benefits Network has recently acquired
Somerset-based VCS Group, to consolidate under the Benefits Network umbrella.
Better Business Bureau Member