By expanding its existing relationship with Behnke & Co., HARDI announced that it should dramatically reduce health care costs for members.

This new service will help Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Distributors International members with benefit management, design and administration, which includes medical, prescription, dental, life and disability coverage.

“This new service is an effective and easy way to save money for HARDI members while still providing them with the type of coverage they need,” says Behnke employee benefit agent Cori Guagenti.

Behnke is a HARDI partner that helps members control commercial and property casualty, group health, life and disability costs.

“We have had a good relationship with Behnke for more than five years,” says Don Frendberg, HARDI executive vice president and COO. “They have been a value service provider and a source of expertise for our members who have struggled with complex issues of insurance and benefit-related subjects. I recommend that each HARDI member who is reassessing their benefits package examine the program they offer.”

In this expanded partnership the association says it can now provide members with the opportunity for concrete savings and a longer-term solution to benefits management, according to Frendberg.

In addition to this new plan, Behnke also offers information on consumer-directed plans, such as health savings accounts, health reimbursement accounts and partially self-insured alternatives.

HARDI members will receive customized service from Guagenti, who will work exclusively on the account. She has more than 25 years experience, working with companies ranging in size from two to 2,000 employees. Guagenti will assist HARDI members by providing analyses and comparisons of benefit choices.

For more information, visit www.hardinet.org .