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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

American Health Value Mobile Website HomeWe’ve got a big announcement to make here at American Health Value, and hopefully it will help to make life a little easier for all the people that visit our website from various cell phones and tablets...

AHV.com has gone mobile!!!

We now have a full-fledged mobile version of our website up and running, and it should help to maximize the experience of all of our web visitors from iPhone/Android phones, tablets, iPods, etc.

When you visit AmericanHealthValue.com on your mobile device, you’ll find a new and simplified homepage with large, easy-to-navigate buttons to help get you where you need to go. We’ve also narrowed down the mobile version of our website to the bare necessities to help loading times, and to make it quick and intuitive for you to find whatever information you’re looking for. 

The current choices on the AHV.com mobile homepage are:
 
American Health Value Mobile Website Tabs
 
Simply touch whichever category you’re interested in learning more about, and you’ll be taken to a new mobile-friendly page with collapsible menus for categories relating to the topic at hand. Below is an example of our “Free Discount Plans” mobile page. 
 
American Health Value Mobile Website Free Discount Plans
 
Tap the program you want to learn more about, and it will expand and collapse the content without having to load anything!
 
American Health Value Mobile Website Hearing Discount
 
We know that most of the time when you visit a website on your phone, you’re just looking to contact that company quickly and easily. We kept that in mind with this design, and were sure to integrate large “push-to-call” and “push-to-email” buttons on our “Contact Us” page.
 
American Health Value Mobile Website Contact Us
 
Just tap “Contact Us”, and then tap either button to instantly call or email our office, right from your mobile device!
 
Of course, there are people who like to view the full versions of websites on their mobile devices, and we kept them in mind also. Just scroll all the way down the page and tap “View Full Site”. You can then have full access to the desktop version of our website with all its capabilities at your fingertips.
 
We hope you enjoy our new mobile website! Have any questions or suggestions? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.   We’re simply looking to help our mobile users get the best experience they can while they’re visiting our company’s website and learning about health savings accounts. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

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Posted by HSA Admin at 8/14/2013 5:19:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Live to Bfit 5k Run/Walk

Once again members of the American Health Value staff participated in the Live to Bfit 5k Run/Walk sponsored by the Idaho Business League.  This 5k benefited Camp River Run and was held in conjunction with the 20th annual Health, Beauty and Fitness Fair.

AHV Staff at the Live to Bfit 5k

This year's event was held last weekend on Saturday, October 6th.  It was a beautiful Autumn day made all the more exciting by the repeated sighting of a young cougar along the Greenbelt (race route) down by the Boise River.  We're happy to report that nobody was eaten, and fun was had by all!

Camp River Run

About Camp River Run:  Inspired by nature and flowing with optimism, Camp River Run offers children who battle life-threatening or disabling medical conditions an outdoor camp experience to rejuvenate their youth and strengthen their spirits!  To donate, or to learn more about Camp River Run visit their website:  http://www.CampRiverRun.org


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Posted by HSA Admin at 10/16/2012 5:50:00 PM
Friday, June 8, 2012

New HSA Announcement!

Yesterday afternoon we (finally!) launched all of our brand new Health Savings Account Forms at American Health Value, sitewide!  There are hundreds of both new & updated forms for all sorts of different topics:

  • New & Updated Educational Materials
    • Basic to Advanced HSA Information, HSA FAQ's, Employer/Employee "How To" Walkthroughs, etc.
  • New & Updated Marketing Materials
    • Pieces like "HSA vs. Traditional PPO Plans", "The HSA Concept", "Why Use American Health Value", etc.
  • New & Updated Client Forms
    • Deposit Slips, HSA Applications, Rollover Forms, etc.
We took a look back and every single form, and not a one was left untouched.  Some of these forms have just received a new, updated look.  Others however, have been the subjects of a complete overhaul.
 
We've added improvements to everything from functionality, readability & ease-of-use to updated 2012/2013 HSA figures, up-to-the-minute HSA Legislation & online-fillable PDF forms that allow people to type in their information on the form and send it back electronically.
 
QR Codes on American Health Value's HSA Forms
 
 
We've even gone so far as to put QR codes on all our forms that can be printed off & handed out to employees, employers & insurance agents.  This will ensure that if you have a question on one of the forms or any of its content, you'll be able to interact with us immediately (via your smartphone) through our website, phone number and/or social media profiles to get your questions answered on the spot!
 
Below you'll find a nice graphic comparing one of our old forms to the same thing in the newer version, and a couple links to some new forms.  We think it's a huge improvement, what do you guys think?  Let us know in the comment section below!
 
Old HSA Forms vs. New HSA Forms
 
 
Link to our Health Savings Account Deposit Form (shown above)

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Posted by HSA Admin at 6/8/2012 5:30:00 PM
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Healthcare Choice Coalition

American Health Value is proud to announce our partnership with the newly formed Healthcare Choice Coalition!

As a founding board member, our President and CEO Michael Berry has aligned our company and its values and services with a group full of business owners, agents/brokers, physicians and consumers that all share a common vision:  protecting the freedom of citizens to choose their own health care, strengthening their relationship with their personal physician, and preserving the free market so consumer-driven health care can flourish and remain viable for the future.
 
Doctors with Child
 
 
What's Next?
The Healthcare Choice Coalition's first priority is educating private citizens and their elected representatives about the value of preserving their freedom to choose the health care practitioners, health care services, health insurance plans, health care accounts, and other health care goods and services that provide optimal benefit to them.
 
We're also committed to educating private citizens, their elected representatives, and regulatory agencies about the legislative and regulatory initiatives that restrict or expand citizens' freedom to make their own health care choices.
 
Social Media ConnectionsGet Involved!
Are you an agent or broker that believes consumer-driven health strategies are the best way to provide optimal value to your clients?  Are you a business owner that wants to be able to keep your HSA or HRA benefit plan in the future?  Are you one of millions of Americans that love your health savings account and want to see the program expand?  The HCC is representing you and your freedoms.
 
Be an advocate and connect with the Healthcare Choice Coalition on Facebook & Linkedin, or click on the social media buttons below this post to share the cause with friends & family.
 
We're proud to have the opportunity to join the Healthcare Choice Coalition, and to support and strengthen their efforts to preserve and advance consumer-driven health care.

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Posted by HSA Admin at 5/10/2012 7:27:00 PM
Friday, April 27, 2012

MS Walk 2012

Last weekend many of our employees jumped at the opportunity to get together and volunteer at the annual Walk MS Run/Walk sponsored by the National MS Society.

The Walk MS Run/Walk takes place at numerous cities across the country each year and is the National MS Society's rallying point.  It's a time and a place for everyone to stand together and be together - to help raise critical funds that support cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward.

Visit their website to see all the MS Walks around the country and join the movement in your state!
 
"Wall of Hope" and "The Starting Gun"
Wall of Hope MS Walk 2012 The Starting Gun MS Walk 2012
 
Boise's Walk MS was a huge success, and all together the local teams were able to raise over $65,000 to help support the cause and fight this terrible disease.  All of us from American Health Value had a wonderful time volunteering for the event, and definitely plan on participating again next year.
 
Take a look at some of the great photos our resident photographer Robin shot last weekend during the event below!
 


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Posted by HSA Admin at 4/27/2012 6:04:00 PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Don't be alarmed...American Health Value just has a new logo! 

We're officially announcing the new version of our logo, right here on our blog!  Although our old one was near and dear to our hearts, we realized it was time for a change... 
We had been using the same basic logo with minor tweaks here and there over the years, but we wanted to really bring our logo up to date with some significant changes - of course while staying true to where we've been and what our wonderful clients and agents are familiar with.

We contacted Neoreef, a local graphic design/web-development company, and gave them the existing versions of our logo and where we wanted to go with it.  We told them we wanted to take it from the flat 2 dimensional logo we've had in the past and make it really stand out in a 3D kind of way.  Add some shadows, update the font, and add a nice shiny finish.  Wow, did they ever deliver!

Below are some images of our logo evolution over the years, and underneath is our new logo.  What do you think?  Do you like the new version?  Jump over to our Facebook Page and let us know!
 
American Health Value Logo Evolution
 
Here's our new version:
American Health Value Current Logo
We hope you guys like it!  Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter!  We look forward to hearing from everyone.

 


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Posted by HSA Admin at 2/22/2012 6:34:00 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

My HSA Rewards

All of us here at American Health Value are so excited to officially announce our partnership with My HSA Rewards this week!  We've been working out the details for quite awhile and can finally offer this amazing new program to all our account holders, for free!

What is My HSA Rewards, you ask?

My HSA Rewards is a free cash rewards program designed to help individuals contribute more money into their HSAs via rebates from everyday purchases.  American Health Value account holders may enroll in My HSA Rewards at no cost, and when they make everyday purchases through any of the 500 plus merchants in the program, a portion of their spending will be deposited back into their health savings account!
 
 
Think of it as a free and simple way to help you put more money into your HSA by buying things you're already buying!  Anything you purchase at Best Buy, Macy's, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. gives you an instant cash back reward you can turn around and place in your HSA.  There are hundreds of retailers to choose from, and the ability to basically fund your HSA for free by purchasing things you already purchase is a huge benefit.
 
 
If you want to get creative, there are also ways you can "double dip" with this program.  For example, let's say you purchase a laptop through Best Buy.  You buy it using your credit card that has its own rewards points or frequent flyer miles system, and you earn your credit card rewards like you would normally.
 
 
In addition, if you're also signed up with HSA Rewards you're going to get an instant cash reward back on the other end of the purchase that can be deposited in your HSA as well!  Double dip.  You get the rewards points from your credit card company, and the cash back reward from HSA Rewards that goes into your HSA where it will earn tax-free interest and can be withdrawn tax-free for medical expenses.  It's a totally free program that is simple to use and basically pays you to shop!
You can check out all the retailers that are available in their online mall, and you can see the percentage of your total purchase you'll receive in the form of a cash back reward.  Go check out all the stores, you'll be amazed how many of your favorites are currently offering cash back rewards to HSA Rewards members.  Increase your HSA deposits, your health care dollars, and your retirement savings simply by shopping!

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Posted by HSA Admin at 1/26/2012 7:44:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

American Health Value recently had the opportunity to support and attend an annual event that had a great impact on our local community.  The event was a charity auction put on by the Treasure Valley Association of Health Underwriters with the proceeds going to benefit an organization called City Light.

City Light Home for Women

City Light Home for Women and Children was opened in 2000 to serve the needs of Boise's most vulnerable homeless.  They offer free meals and emergency shelter to women and their children, as well as counseling and other assistance as needed.

City Light Home for Women Thank You

For our contribution to the auction, we decided to put together a basket full of items from Williams-Sonoma.  We went out to their store, mentioned what we were doing, and they were more than helpful. 

They informed us that for every $100 gift card purchased, they donate $10 to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!  Needless to say, we bought a couple of those and then used them to purchase the items for our auction basket.  Williams-Sonoma even threw in a cutting board for free!
 
Williams-Sonoma Gift Basket for City Light
 
The event was a huge success with several thousand dollars being raised to benefit City Light, and our basket went for a great price!  We had a wonderful time attending, and were more than honored to be able to do what we could to benefit such a worthy cause.
 
Director of Operations Fran Florez at City Light

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Posted by HSA Admin at 12/21/2011 6:48:00 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

American Health Value recently had the opportunity to sponsor a local event whose proceeds went to benefit a very deserving charity.  When we heard what it was for, it didn't take long to decide we wanted to contribute to the cause any way we could. 

Live to Bfit 5k

The event was the "Live to Bfit 5k Run/Walk" and the 3+ mile course ran along the scenic Boise River.  Several of our employees even "took the plunge" and signed up to participate in the race!  One of our employees actually finished 4th overall in the women's division!

All of us had a blast, and it was so much fun to get outside on such a beautiful day and have the opportunity to help out a local charity in the process.

Here's a picture of some of us at the finish line:
 
AHV Crew at Live to Bfit 5k
 
The benefiting charity for the race was Camp River Run.  Camp River Run is a 4 day summer camp in Cascade, ID designed for kids ages 7-14.  It offers children who battle life-threatening or disabling medical conditions an outdoor camp experience to rejuvenate their youth and strengthen their spirits.
Camp River Run
If you would like to help out, you can & help support their wonderful cause.  Or, you can register for next year's 5k & join all of us out on the course!

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Posted by HSA Admin at 11/16/2011 9:43:00 PM
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