Announcing Transition of EWBT to CharterLIFE for Health Insurance Benefits and Services

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June 27, 2014 The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) and the CCSA Employee Welfare Benefit Trust (CCSA EWBT) program are pleased to announce a collaborative transition of relationship and the establishment of "CharterLIFE" that will continue to provide health insurance benefits and services for the California charter school community.

Starting in 2008, the CCSA EWBT has been a leader in providing such services to California's charter school community. These services were offered in response to the difficulty schools had to acquire quality affordable employee benefits that would attract and retain quality faculty and staff. In response, the CCSA along with concerned charter school leaders came together to form the CCSA EWBT, thus enabling charter schools to pool employees and resources, and take advantage of the power of large group purchasing. This created a powerful block of charter schools by aggregating charter school employee demand for quality affordable health insurance benefits.

In November 2013, Misti Cole, a seven-year veteran employee of the CCSA, was officially appointed the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CharterLIFE. As part of this process, the parties have engaged in a collaborative and amicable transition of the sponsoring relationship, which is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015 (subject to regulatory approvals.) This transition has no direct impact to CharterLIFE members or to the benefits provided to any of California's charter schools, which continues seamlessly.

CharterLIFE is still the only statewide health trust exclusively providing health benefits and services to California's charter schools. CharterLIFE expresses appreciation to the CCSA for its assistance in the formation and sponsorship of the CCSA EWBT - and CharterLIFE looks forward to continuing to deliver quality health benefits, administrative support, strategic planning services, wellness, and many other resources to California's charter schools.

Please see www.charterlife.org for more information about CharterLIFE.