In the face of all of the employee benefits information that is out there, sometimes you just want a trusted advisor–a consultant who will listen to your unique challenges and work with you to land on a long-term, sustainable solution to the healthcare cost debacle.

We strive to be that advisor every day–with our clients and with you. We understand the far-reaching effects that benefits strategies can have on you, your employees, their families and your business. From concerns over Health Care Reform to guidance on alternative funding, from avoiding a “Groundhog Day” type of approach to renewal to implementing a smoking cessation program–that’s exactly the type of thought leadership we strive to provide here in OvationNation.

There’s far too much white noise out there–bookmark OvationNation, subscribe to our RSS feed, and look to us to guide the way!

 — Brian Driscoll, Managing Principal

Ovation is Now OneDigital Health and Benefits

I am pleased to tell you that Ovation, a Digital Benefit Advisors company, is now OneDigital Health and Benefits.

In 2013 we announced our decision to join Digital Benefit Advisors, the advisory arm of Digital Insurance. We saw the move as a way to continue to do what we’ve always done best—stand as one with our clients and deliver forward-thinking strategies to help them succeed in an increasingly challenging world.

We recognize that the partnership created some confusion about our brand. Were we Ovation? Were we Digital? In fact, with such strong market recognition as Ovation, we held on to our name—probably a little too long. We weren’t too worried about being explicit; we knew from you that your biggest concerns were whether your client service team would remain the same, and could you continue to expect fresh-thinking, personal and responsive service. The answer to both questions was a resounding yes.

Three years later I am proud to say that many of our core consulting practices have become a part of the fabric of both how Digital Benefit Advisors and Digital Insurance BALLOONSserve our more than 35,000 clients.

In what I feel is an important evolutionary move, Digital Insurance and Digital Benefit Advisors are consolidating under one market facing name, OneDigital Health and Benefits. This unified new brand will feel a lot like the brand you have come to think of as a strategic partner since you joined our family. You’ll see a significant focus on our values, created in response to what we have learned from you over the years—that you want and need a benefits advisor who:

•    delivers fresh-thinking approaches to benefit plan design,
•    is invested in your success,
•    is responsive, optimistic and trustworthy,
•    works relentlessly to drive the impact you expect, and
•    is clearly invested in you, your people and your success

Over the next few weeks you can expect your client services team to reach out personally to share our new brand story with you. Meanwhile, join us in celebrating this next evolution of our national brand, and in particular, the fact that if anything, we are able to shine a brighter light on the core of what has always made us better as a benefits advisor—YOU.


Brian Driscoll
Managing Principal
OneDigital Hartford (formerly Ovation, a Digital Benefit Advisors Company)

Blast Off to Total Well-Being with Sonic Boom

Random acts of kindness, keeping your cool, wearing your sunglasses…is this my next vacation or is this a wellness initiative?

We recently launched our BeWell campaign powered by Sonic Boom Wellness. The BeWell program is based on the concept of embracing all dimensions of wellness, in hopes to expand our understanding of wellness and create a program that provides opportunities and resources. With the support of the Sonic Boom platform, we were able to create a program that best suits our needs and focuses on the 4 dimensions of wellness: personal well-being, physical well-being, financial well-being and professional well-being. Continue reading Blast Off to Total Well-Being with Sonic Boom

Student Loan Repayment Plans: A Need for All Generations

By: Susan Galvin, Senior Advisor in our DBA partner office in Needham, MA.

A hot new offering in the world of employee benefits is quickly finding its way into many employers’ plans. Student loan repayment plans as an employee benefit are on the rise because of the need that spans multiple generations of employees. According to the most recent 2015 SHRM Employee Benefits survey report, only 3% of employers currently offer this benefit, however, this number is expected to grow to over 26% by 2018. Continue reading Student Loan Repayment Plans: A Need for All Generations

Annual Summer Outing Scavenger Hunt

This past Wednesday we embraced a much needed break from the office for our annual team outing. Following lunch and our quarterly meeting, we hit the streets to put our best detective skills to work for a scavenger hunt sprinkled throughout Blue Back Square in West Hartford. We broke into color coordinated teams and donned the appropriate ROY G BIV attire as we tackled various challenges ranging from brain teasers and word puzzles to taking group photos with ridiculous poses and props. Continue reading Annual Summer Outing Scavenger Hunt