Two Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Michigan Listed in Chambers 2019 High Net Worth Guide

TROY, Mich., July 16, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan are listed as “Leaders in their Fields” by Chambers 2019 High Net Worth (HNW) Guide.

London-based Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who are listed in Chambers 2019 HNW Guide:

Private Wealth Law
Henry M. Grix, Troy
James P. Spica, Detroit

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

UHY strengthens presence in the Middle East: New member firm in Egypt joins the UHY network

We welcome two full member firms to the global accountancy network UHY, extending our coverage within the Middle East region: United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services, and in Alexandria, Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa. The firms are in the process of adopting the UHY branding and will soon be known as UHY United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services and UHY Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa respectively.

Our primary office in Cairo, United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services, with a team of 27 staff including four partners, previously partners with Big 4 audit firms, bring together over 30 years of professional and wide-ranging experience in audit, tax, advisory and transaction services to a portfolio of domestic and international clients primarily represented in the banking & financial services, construction, manufacturing, oil & gas and tourism sectors.

Managing partner, Nabil Istanbouli of United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services comments: “Being part of the UHY global network underpins our own values, commitment to deliver quality services and our vision of partnering with our clients to provide agile and practical solutions. We look forward to elevating our business through a successful cooperation with other member firms operating within Egypt and the wider UHY network.”

Based in Alexandria, Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa, established in 2013, brings further wide-ranging experience in audit, accounting, tax, insolvency and corporate recovery, corporate finance and consultancy services to a diverse portfolio of primarily clients represented in the construction, logistical solutions, shipping and transport sectors. The firm’s partners founded a not-for-profit organisation AAIA, an Association of Accountants and Internal Auditors, supporting companies in the Arab world with qualified accountants and internal auditors.

Managing partner, Waled Mounir of Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa comments: “We are committed to provide the necessary competitive resources to help our clients operate more efficiently in a global market place. The global presence of the network combined with the expertise and knowledge of UHY’s 8,100 colleagues around the world will also enhance those of our clients and their operations.”

Rick David, chairman of UHY comments: “Egypt as a country has seen many welcomed reforms recently to stabilize and strengthen its economic position driven by public investments, private consumption, and exports of goods and services. We are delighted to welcome to the UHY network two new member firms in Egypt, equally enthusiastic, entrepreneurial and keen to join their efforts.

The firms will greatly extend our footprint in the Middle Eastern region and strengthen UHY’s regional market expertise, enhance our values and capabilities to serve our international clients who have investments and a business presence in this country and the wider region.”

UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are US members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services
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Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa
Contact: Waled Mounir on +20 3 424 3371,,

About UHY
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a leading network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 320 major business centres across 100 countries. Our staff members, over 8,200 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to

UHY is a member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit

UHY press contact: Dominique Maeremans on +44 20 7767 2621 Email:

American Society of Employers (ASE) presents annual Employment Law Conference on August 15th

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040,

Livonia, Mich. —July 16, 2019 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will update attendees on the latest employment law trends and regulations at its annual Employment Law Conference to be held Thursday, August 15, at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

“The legal landscape for employers is ever changing,” stated Corrado. “This conference provides updates and guidance on today’s employment trends and how to be more effective and compliant in day-to-day HR activities. All sessions are led by leading lawyers in Southeast Michigan.”

The Employment Law Conference will feature a legislative update on Federal and State laws, attorney-led panel for an “Ask the Panel” session, and specialized breakout sessions that give the latest updates on the laws and regulations that impact the day-to-day employer/employee relationship. Sessions will include:

• Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan
• Keeping up with Equal Pay and Pay Disparity Laws
• Biometrics and Employer Liability
• Immigration Compliance and Enforcement
• When Employee Rights Collide: LGBT Rights Under the Law
• The Trump NLRB – The Dos and Don’ts That All Employers Must Know About!
• Accommodations Galore: ADA, Pregnancy, USERRA, Religion and More
• Ask the Panel: Everything You Wanted to Know from Your Legal Counsel and Didn’t Want to Pay For
• A Survival Guide to Understanding Risk in the Age of AI
• How to Manage Paid Sick Leaves
• #MeToo in Today’s Workplace

Law firms presenting include Clark Hill PLC; Ogletree Deakins; Fragomen; Nemeth Law PC; Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Seyfarth Shaw; Jackson Lewis PC; and Jacqulyn G. Schulte, PLC.

For a complete Employment Law Conference agenda and registration information, please visit Early bird registration ends July 20th.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at

Chamber Members Honored as 2019 Men of Excellence by Michigan Chronicle

Now in its 13th year, the Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Awards recognizes local African American men who inspire others through vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. Awardees are champions of Michigan’s economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of several businesses, driving forces in politics and service, and more. In 2019, 50 new honorees will join an exclusive society of more than 600 previously awarded professionals. Read more.

Several members of the Detroit Regional Chamber were recognized:

  • Sabin Blake, Manager, Corporate Giving, General Motors Co.; Class XL, Leadership Detroit
  • Willie Brooks Jr., President and CEO, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • Rodney E. Cole Sr., State Director, Government Affairs, DTE Energy
  • Dante Crockett, Chief Engineer, Features, Ford Motor Company
  • DeWitt S. Dykes Jr., Associate Professor of History, Oakland University
  • Alburn H. Elvin Jr., Manager, Board Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Tony R. Hawk, Deputy Executive Director, K-12 Mathematics, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Philip Henry, Assistant Vice President and Community Development Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Kevin D. Johnson, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
  • Lamont R. Jones, Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, Henry Ford Health System
  • Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and CEO, First Independence Bank, Board Member, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • David Lewis, President, AT&T Michigan; Board Member, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Myron Lloyd, Legal Counsel, Information Technology, General Motors Co.
  • James C. Mays, Professor, Wayne County Community College
  • Richard Perkins, Institutional Trust Specialist, Fifth Third Bank
  • David Turner, Vice President, University Human Resources, Eastern Michigan University
  • Michael G. Workings, Medical Director for Sports Teams, Department of Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, Henry Ford Health System

The Business Case: Increasing Education Access for Returning Citizens

“We can only be as successful as the communities we serve,” said Bank of America’s Matt Elliott.

On Wednesday, July 10, the Detroit Regional Chamber — in partnership with Bank of America, Corrections to College California, and the Vera Institute of Justice — hosted Investing in Futures at the Detroit Golf Club. The breakfast briefing featured the Chamber’s Sandy Baruah alongside national and local speakers to discuss access to postsecondary education for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated students.

“We don’t have the luxury of leaving any part of America behind,” Baruah said.

Recent reports by the Vera Institute of Justice and Corrections to College California offered findings on the economic and societal benefits of access to postsecondary education, from employment to public safety.

Vera’s 2017 report found that Michigan alone would save $10.7 million on incarceration costs if Congress were to repeal the federal ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students. Postsecondary education in prison can help formerly incarcerated people overcome barriers, avoid recidivism, and rejoin communities. As Michigan faces a talent gap, greater access to postsecondary education provides potential workers with skills that employers seek.

“When you are faced with job applicants who fight so hard for their education, you have a potential employer who has already taken steps to put their past behind them and  overcome obstacles and develop critical thinking skills that are important for jobs,” said Opportunity Institute’s Rebecca Silbert.

Access to education in prison has an authentic impact. Brian Jones, an Eastern Michigan University (EMU) student set to graduate magna cum laude this fall, earned 28 college credits while incarcerated in 2014. He wrote college papers with golf pencils. Jones ultimately earned an associate degree from Oakland Community College, graduating summa cum laude.

“My transition from prison to real college and society was very smooth because of the people who helped me,” Jones said. In addition to pursuing higher education, he runs his own business — a clothing store in Detroit called 10 20 30.

From the employer end, Ideal Group’s Frank Venegas recalls hiring gang members who eventually became longtime employees. At the time, the unemployment rate in Southwest Detroit was around 40%; now it’s down to 12%, he said.

“Ideal became a prison friendly workplace,” Venegas said.

Currently, regional industries and businesses require qualified, local employees and returning citizens with the educational experience, credits, and degrees are well equipped for the jobs.

“It’s foolish to cast them aside,” said University of Michigan’s Barbara McQuade.

Key Takeaways

  • Increasing access to education for returning citizens aligns with the Chamber’s region-wide goal, shared by Gov. Whitmer and several organizations, to improve the postsecondary attainment rate from 40% to 60% by 2030, targeting the 693,000 adults with some college but no degree.
  • Expanding access to postsecondary education in prison is likely to reduce recidivism rates and save states a combined $365 in costs per year, said Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Laura Tatum. Most people in prison are academically eligible for postsecondary education but cannot gain access to resources. Read the fact sheet.
  • Corrections to College California reports that college in prison makes communities safer, saves money, and builds economy. Read the fact sheet.
  • There is a persistent stigma that surrounds returning citizens. While considering that not all felonies are created equal, employers should work to change attitudes, re-think hiring practices, and offer opportunities for several facets of the community.
  • Philanthropy arms of large corporations need to create wraparound services and programs for reentry services (i.e., food, housing etc.) and facilitate the transition for returning citizens.

MICHauto Convenes Automotive Executives at #MPC19

MICHauto Hosts Annual ‘Auto on the Island,’ Unveils Study Showing Auto Industry’s $225B Contribution to Michigan

“The $225 billion in statewide economic contribution demonstrates the health of the automotive industry in Michigan while also posing opportunities for its growth and transformation,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Prior to the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Chamber’s MICHauto initiative hosted its annual Auto on the Island program. A gathering of 40 automotive CEOs kicked off the event with two sessions featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and “Autoline” host John McElroy. Automotive stakeholders discussed the challenges, opportunities, threats, and weaknesses in the industry, specific to Michigan.

The discussions on the island will influence MICHauto’s strategic agenda for the year; updates on the agenda will become available to investors in the coming months.

$225B Contribution to Michigan’s Economy
MICHauto released findings from a study demonstrating the comprehensive contribution of the automotive industry on Michigan’s economy. The study found that the automotive industry contributes a total of $225 billion to the state’s economy. Of that $225 billion, 83% is directly attributed to automotive manufacturing. Read more.

The Digital Supply Chain Evolution
The following day, MICHauto hosted more than 150 automotive industry experts and executives for the annual Automotive Roundtable to discuss the industry’s digital supply chain evolution. Read more.

Thank You Sponsors
Auto on the Island would not have been possible without presenting sponsor KPMG LLP and supporting sponsors Bank of America, Clark Hill, DENSO, GS3, Miller Canfield, Nexteer Automotive, Oakland Community College, Toyota, Warner Norcross + Judd, and Yazaki.

WATCH: Mackinac Moments On Distracted Driving, Mobility’s Future

‘Phones Down, Eyes Up’
General Motors Co.’s Steven Kiefer discussed distracted driving as a dangerous new cultural norm. He called on attendees to change their own habits and support policies that will make Michigan’s roads safer. Watch the full video.

Vision for the Future
May Mobility’s Alisyn Malek shared her vision for mobility in Michigan. With a background in automotive engineering, Malek caught the mobility bug early in her career, committing herself to developing robust, multi-modal transportation systems. Watch the full video.

In the News

WJR NewsTalk 760 AM:
Why Is MICHauto on The Island
Michigan’s Mobility Oppurtunity
What the Industry Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Change Perception
What the State of Michigan Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Pro Business Climate and Innovative Policy to Lead in Mobility

Application Now Open for Grants Up to $30,000 Through Detroit Regional Chamber and GM’s NeighborHUB Program

DETROIT, MICH. (July 17, 2019) – Today, the NeighborHUB community grant program opened its application period for registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to apply for five grants up to $30,000 and additional business support. The application period will be open until Aug. 28, 2019 with awardees notified this fall.

Now in its second year, NeighborHUB is a collaborative effort between General Motors Co. (GM) and the Detroit Regional Chamber and is designed to empower residents to affect change in their neighborhoods through a physical presence and innovative programming. Last fall, eight grants were awarded, and the projects are coming to completion this summer through October.

“Over the last year, we have seen innovative approaches to tackling neighborhood problems through our first cohort of grant awardees,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We are looking to continue creating sustainability within Detroit neighborhoods and beyond the downtown district.”

The nonprofits that propose the most innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues facing their neighborhood will be awarded a grant.

“Detroiters are creating real and lasting change in the city,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at GM. “After watching last year’s projects come to life, we’re excited to see new ideas from our neighbors who understand their communities best.”

Successful proposals will have programming centered around a physical space and address a specific need or needs within the neighborhood (i.e., a vacant storefront or within an existing building; refurbishing a bus stop and organizing ride-sharing in that location; renovating a vacant storefront to provide services to adults to engage in education and work opportunities; building out an existing coffee shop to facilitate co-working and professional development; or improving a public park to provide after-school programming or promote community gathering).

Some examples of past projects include:

  • Detroit College Access Network and Detroit Parent Network collaborating to support the Pathways to Higher Education and Careers Center to connect parents and students to career pathways;
  • Detroit Phoenix Center supporting its Asset Based Resource Center Zen Zone to provide support services and a safe, inclusive and youth-centric environment for disconnected homeless and runaway youth;
  • Detroit Theater Organ Society utilizing the grant to foster neighborhood engagement by expanding a vacant lot adjacent to the Senate Theatre.

A committee with representatives from local organizations helps with the selection of grant recipients. In addition to the Chamber and GM, the committee includes representatives from the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources.

For organizations looking to learn more, the Chamber will be hosting two informational sessions on Wednesday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Co.act Detroit and Wednesday, July 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at TechTown Detroit. To apply or  register for an informational session, please visit

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association – July Update

The NeighborHUB grant the Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association (HFNA) received is just one example of how HFNA collaborates with Clark Park, specifically the Clark Park Coalition, to create lasting change in our community. Deb Sumner, longtime Hubbard Farms resident and current member of both HFNA and the Clark Park Coalition, shares the story of her involvement and the ways the two groups support each other below.

As far back as 38 years ago, I recall myself and several of my fellow resident moms of the Hubbard Farms neighborhood choosing to care about our neighborhood Clark Park. We took on self-initiated volunteer tasks to make beautification improvements to our beloved Clark Park and question the City Recreation Dept. Supervisor regarding the quality of the programs at our Clark Park Youth Recreation Center.

For example, in the springtime we would transplant rescued perennials such as shade-loving Hosta plants and orange day lilies because we found them at vacant and burnt out houses in the city that we knew were slated for demolition. Another example was when we as neighborhood moms raising kids in Hubbard Farms found it frustrating that the Clark Park Youth Recreation Center did not host programs at the quality that they should have been for our kids. We found ourselves questioning the City Recreation Dept. Supervisor located in a downtown office regarding the quality of the youth programs. As moms, we didn’t appreciate how the staff would behave at the Clark Park Youth Center such as sitting on the tops of the tables and being more concerned about getting through their daily newspaper then engaging with the youth.

Fast-forward to 1991, the moms were not only active at Clark Park, we were active in our Hubbard Farms Community Group, a nonprofit neighborhood association. We secured a State of Michigan Public Health Grant to install the first State of Michigan bilingual exercise trail in Clark Park with the collaboration of the City of Detroit Recreation Dept. who provided the man-power to install it. It served a variety of purposes, one of which was to generate positive activity to an area in Clark Park that was being taken over by negative activity.

At the end of that summer of 1991, the moms learn by reading the local newspaper that the City Rec Dept. was closing 11 City Rec Centers due to budget cuts, one of which was our Clark Park Youth Rec Center with the last outdoor ice hockey and skating rink in the entire city. Some of the moms grew up ice-skating on our Clark Park ice rink, including myself. With the help of other neighborhood residents and nonprofit leaders, we formed what is still known to this day as the Clark Park Coalition to strategize and implement our plan to reopen our Clark Park Youth Rec Center & Ice Rink. With the help of an influential local businessman, Hank Aguirre of Mexican Industries, an automotive supplier for the big three and former Detroit Tiger baseball pitcher, we were able to get the keys for the Clark Park Youth Rec Center and secure permission for the moms and other neighborhood resident volunteers to reopen the Center that winter season!

Our Clark Park Coalition story is frankly an amazing story of a small, gallant group of local resident volunteers who cared enough to stand up to the city and say “no, thank you, we not accept your closing our Clark Park Youth Rec Center.”

The Clark Park Coalition continues today, 28 years later, serving our youth. I, along with many others who started this amazing journey with me couldn’t be prouder of our successes and carrying out a motto “Teaching Our Youth to Dream!”  Our volunteer adults have always been our youths’ role models and mentors, showing them by example that you can make your dreams come true.

Shared by Deb Sumner

CPC Founding Mom Member, Emeritus Chairperson & Present Board Officer, CPC Forever Volunteer, Former HFCG Board Member & Present HFNA Board Member

HELLA receives Innovation Award for Dual Voltage Battery Management System

  • Awarded with the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2019 as the most successful supplier in the Powertrain category
  • Dual Voltage Battery Management System Promotes Mild Hybridisation in the compact and mid-range class

Lippstadt, July 11, 2019

Lighting and electronics expert HELLA received the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2019 in the “Powertrain” category, a joint award by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and the auditing and consulting firm PwC. The decisive factor in this process was the new Dual Voltage Battery Management System that HELLA designed especially for the compact and mid-range segment. Thanks to the battery solution vehicles with combustion engines can be converted to mild hybrid vehicles. Over 337 innovations had been submitted by suppliers in total and four awards were presented by a top-class panel.

“We are delighted about the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award. It not only underlines how significant our commitments in electromobility are, but also particularly rewards the development work put in by HELLA’s team. Hybridisation with 48-volt systems offers great potential for CO2 savings. The Dual Voltage Battery Management System will help to bring this idea to life, especially in the compact and mid-range class,” said HELLA company spokesman Dr. Markus Richter, who accepted the award last Monday.

HELLA comprehensively supports customers on the way to electromobility and offers as a subsystem supplier products that support all stages of automotive electrification. HELLA has developed the Dual Voltage Battery Management System especially for mild hybrid vehicles in the compact and mid-range segment. It bundles the conventional, separate core elements of 48 V hybridisation (48 V battery, 12 V battery and DC/DC converter) in a single product with the package space of a conventional lead-acid battery. Depending on the application, the capacity of the installed Li-ion batteries is specifically used in the 12 V or 48 V vehicle electrical system.

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HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Lippstadt: HELLA is a global, family-owned company, listed on the stock exchange, with more than 40,000 employees at over 125 locations in some 35 countries. The HELLA Group develops and manufactures products for lighting technology and electronics for the automotive industry and also has one of the largest retail organizations for automotive parts, accessories, diagnostics, and services within Europe. With more than 7,000 people working in research and development, HELLA is one of the most important innovation drivers on the market. Furthermore, with sales of € 7.1 billion in the fiscal year of 2017/2018, the HELLA Group is one of the top 40 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest German industrial companies.

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Dr. Markus Richter
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59552 Lippstadt, Germany
Phone: +49 2941 38-7545
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American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Findings – Employee Education Stressed as a Means to Control Costs

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040,

Livonia, Mich. July 12, 2019 — American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey. The annual survey, covering Michigan employers, examines the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays of employer-sponsored health plans as well as wellness benefits and cost control strategies.
Highlights of the ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Include:
• Median premium increases (after plan changes) remained flat compared to data reported in last year’s study. According to this year’s sample, median premium increases were just 3% for the 2018 and 2019 plan years. Median increases for 2020 are projected to be 5%.
• A majority of the participants (38%) reported offering two types of health plans. The most utilized plan type continues to be the Preferred Provider Organization Plans (PPO) with 86% of companies offering this option. 39% of non-union firms offer an HMO compared to 35% a year ago. Much of that growth was among small employers (those with fewer than 50 employees).
• The three-tiered price structure (generic, preferred brand, non-preferred brand) for prescription drug plans remains as the most popular among traditional PPOs with 53% of non-unionized organizations reporting this structure. At 22% four-tiered price structures followed as the second most prevalent among Michigan employers.
• Median annual employer contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSA) remained unchanged from the last three years with an employee only contribution totaling $500 and an employee + family contribution totaling $1,000 in non-unionized organizations.
Cost containment strategies were also addressed in the annual survey. Highlights include:
• The number one strategy that employers plan to implement in 2019 is increasing employee education regarding health plan features and costs (17%). This was followed closely by plans to implement/expand wellness programs, which top the list of strategies that companies are considering but have yet to set a timeline for.
• Slightly more than a quarter of those surveyed reported considering future employee costs share arrangements where employees will be required to incur a greater portion of the healthcare expense.
The ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey findings were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado.
“It is encouraging that employee education is increasingly utilized as a means to control costs. Helping employees be better, more informed consumers, is key as more companies implement high deductible health plans or, in general, require employees to share more of the healthcare expense” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.
Background information on the ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey:
• 217 organizations from across Michigan participated.
• Organizations with 50 to 499 employees nationally made up more than 52% of the survey sample, while organizations with more than 500 employees nationally represented nearly 29% of the sample. The remaining 18% of the sample came from organizations with fewer than 50 employees nationally.
• A variety of industries have been represented in the survey, with durable goods, manufacturing (41%) leading the pack. Trades and services (33%) were the second-largest industry representation.
To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey, contact ASE’s Survey Team at or 248.223.8025. This survey is available at no cost to ASE-member survey participants and is available for $1,350 for non-members.