Why UHP?

University Health Plans (UHP), a division of Risk Strategies, is a leading benefit brokerage/consulting firm specializing in the design, placement, and service of college and university student health insurance programs. We represent our clients to secure coverage with highly rated insurance companies that specifically cater to the student health insurance and special risk market. Our objective is to work in partnership with each institution to explore the financial alternatives, benefit designs, and cost containment strategies best suited to each individual college or university’s student insurance program.

Our clients include both public and private schools. We provide voluntary, mandatory, and hard-waiver insurance plans. Using a team approach, University Health Plans currently manages student health insurance programs for over 80 colleges and universities. Student health insurance is UHP’s only business, and we devote 100 percent of our energy and resources to provide cost effective student health insurance programs with superior customer service. In addition, UHP offers ancillary programs such as sports, dental, travel, study abroad & camp coverage.

The success of our practice is based on our accurate, up-front assessment of our clients’ needs and our ongoing commitment to deliver efficient and quality service. UHP’s long-term relationships with our clients is a direct result of our expertise, superior service, and dynamic administrative options specific to the needs of the student insurance market. In addition, we benefit greatly from the depth associated with being an integral piece of Risk Strategies. Risk Strategies is ranked in the top 20 insurance brokerage/consulting firms nationally, with over 40 offices and 1,000 employees from coast-to-coast. The specialty focus on the Higher Education sector has proven to be a great home for UHP with collaboration and enhanced resources to better serve our college and university clients. For more information about Risk Strategies Higher Education sector, please click here.

When selected, UHP will act on behalf of the college or university in the capacity of its broker/plan manager. Our job is to identify issues that affect the student health insurance plan and advise our clients of the pros and cons of available options. Our ability to deliver flexible benefit designs, exceptional customer service, innovative technology, healthcare reform expertise, quality claims administration, and direct quantifiable advice is what differentiates us in the student health insurance market.

If you are interested in UHP’s brokerage services or would like to request additional information, please contact, info@univhealthplans.com

 

Our Schools

University Health Plans provides products and services to over 80 colleges and universities.

  • Rutgers University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Delaware
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Bentley University
  • Brandeis University
  • Babson College
  • Wellesley College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Vermont
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ithaca College

 

Our Team

William Devine, CHC

Managing Director

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Bill established University Health Plans in January of 1991. Prior to establishing UHP, Bill was an assistant vice president for Sedgwick James. His responsibilities included the management and sales of student health insurance programs on a national basis. Before working at Sedgwick James, Bill was responsible for the development, sales, and management of student health insurance plans for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He has over 35 years of experience negotiating premiums and benefits for numerous college and universities as well as insurance companies.
 

Kristen Devine

Senior Account Manager

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Kristen joined UHP in 2009. She graduated from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College with a Finance degree. Kristen previously worked at Arrowstreet Capital as a Trade Compliance Specialist and holds a certificate in financial planning from Boston University and an MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is responsible for account management, customer service, travel insurance plans, and sales at UHP.
 

Marcia O’Neill

Senior Account Manager

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Marcia joined UHP in 2004 after being employed by The Chickering Group (an Aetna Company) for many years. While at Chickering, Marcia interacted with college and university clients and developed a partnership with each client to ensure the overall success of the insurance programs offered to their students. At UHP, Marcia is responsible for account management, customer service, renewal negotiations and presentations.
 

Erin Devine

Senior Account Manager

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Erin Devine joined UHP in 2017 from CBG Benefits with a background in employee benefits where she customized long term benefit strategies to control costs and maximize impact. Working with clients of all sizes she understands that every organization requires a unique solution. In 2014, Erin received national recognition when she was named a “Top 10 Rising Star in Advising” by Employee Benefit Adviser magazine, and she won the Rising Star award from the New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) in 2015. She is a 2003 graduate of Saint Michael’s College and is responsible for account management, travel insurance programs and sales at UHP.
 

Steve Grabowski

Account Manager

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Steve joined UHP in 2000. Steve previously worked at Consolidated Health Plans, Inc., a well-established claims administrator specializing in student health. His background includes new plan implementation, on-going plan management, student advocacy, and renewal negotiations and presentations. Steve graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Business Administration.
 

Tien Lam

Account Manager

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Tien joined UHP in 2002 after graduating from Northeastern University. His background includes information technology and he is currently responsible for the overall plan management and customer service for students, clients, physicians, and parents. He acts as a liaison between colleges, universities, and insurance companies, and develops proposals for the renewal of clients.
 

Liz Bonomi

Account Manager

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Liz joined UHP in 2006. She previously worked at Gragil Associates, a contracted medical billing and self-pay office associated with The Lifespan Partner Hospitals, The Caritas Hospital Group, and many other hospitals in the New England Area. Her background includes customer service and support, problem solving, medical billing, and claims.
 

Ashley White

Account Manager

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Ashley joined UHP in 2015. She graduated in 2008 from the University of New Hampshire. Having worked in the member service department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Ashley has a strong aptitude for connecting with clients and providing superior service. Previous to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ashley was an Account Manager at Hood Laboratories, a Developer and manufacturer of surgical devices. Ashley is responsible for account management, enrollment support, and customer service.
 

Patti Dahlquist

Account Manager

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Patti joined UHP in 2015. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2010. She previously worked at Boston Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs as the Director of Admissions and Billing and was responsible for maintaining the company’s CARF Accreditation. Prior to that, Patti worked at Communities for People providing utilization review and level of care determination for children in out of home placement through the Rhode Island Child Welfare System. She is responsible for account management, enrollment support, and customer service.
 

Callie Hall

Account Manager

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Callie joined UHP in 2017. She graduated in 2017 from the Saint Michael’s College. She majored in American Studies and doubled minored in Business Administration and Elementary Education. Prior to working for UHP, she interned in marketing/sales at Delta Dental of Rhode Island and Hogan Associates Real Estate in social media marketing and web design. She is responsible for account management, enrollment support, and customer service.
 

Meghan McDonough

Account Manager

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Meghan joined UHP in 2018. She graduated in 2013 from Bridgewater State University with a degree in Psychology and minor in Management. Prior to working for UHP, Meghan worked at MFS Investment Management holding positions as an Operations Analyst and Client Service Representative where she was responsible for third party vendor oversight, servicing client accounts, and providing customer service. Meghan is responsible for account management, enrollment support, and customer service.