The Book Industry Health Insurance Partnership (BIHIP), a coalition of 10 book-related organizations that have banded together to secure association-sponsored health insurance programs for their constituents, have announced a partnership with Lighthouse Insurance Group Solutions (LIGS), an insurance advisor specializing in working with membership organizations.
BIHIP was formed in 2018 to allow organizations to pool resources across state lines, initially in order to create an association health plan. It has since modified its goal, seeking to offer members access to a variety of health insurance options. BIHIP’s partnership with LIGS will provide member organizations with the information needed to navigate insurance options, including ACA-compliant major medical, Medicare/supplements, dental, vision, critical care, supplemental coverage, and others.
BIHIP coalition members include the American Booksellers Association, American Society for Indexing, Authors Guild, Book Industry Study Group, Graphic Artists Guild, Horror Writers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, Novelists Inc., Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and Western Writers of America Inc.
IBPA CEO Angela Bole said “finding the right health insurance can be a complicated and confusing process, especially for small businesses and independent contractors.” She added: "By bringing a broad section of associations together, this coalition ensures a good cross section of book professionals will now receive expert help navigating a wide array of insurance options.”