Employee Benefits

Client-Focused Excellence

You need health insurance for your employees, but you’re not thrilled with the one-size-fits-all approach. We’re with you on that. As a recognized national leader in developing and supporting innovative employee-benefits programs, we’ll provide the comprehensive compliance, administrative, communications, and analytical support that makes sense for you. Whether you lead a small business or an international company, and whether your focus is on workforce challenges, recruiting, legal risks, competitive issues, finances, or compliance, we know what you do is unique. And your benefits and compensation programs should follow suit. We'll be your partner in making the right investments so your total-rewards benefits program pays dividends for you and your employees in the years to come.

Benefits Services

What We Offer

Analysis &
Cost Control

Using metrics to measure impact, we’ll help you remain attentive and flexible as demands and priorities change so you can maximize the value of your benefit programs.

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As your trusted advisory team, we'll help you stay proactive in keeping up with new & ever-changing laws and regulations to anticipate how your organization will be effected.

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Using the highest level of strategic & tactical design and branding expertise, we'll deliver top-notch employee-communications materials, tools, and consulting.

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Health &

We provide clinical-health strategies to help reduce your costs and increase employee productivity through ongoing wellness monitoring and incentives.

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& Technology

Leveraging cutting-edge technology, we'll work with you, as part of your team, to help you manage the day-to-day administration of your plan operations and strategies.

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Meet Some of Our Team Members

We're not happy until we've exceeded your expectations, and we want you to view our team as an extension of yours. As such, you can expect flawless delivery of services and clear communication. As a member of your team, we will go above and beyond to make complex seem simple and place a sense of urgency on innovation. With more than 75 years of combined experience, we'll design and implement strategies with you to successfully manage your healthcare costs and seamlessly integrate wellness programs into the core of your company culture.

Eva English

Eva English


Eva has been with Ascension since 2011 and has worked in the insurance industry since 2007. She leads the department providing financial and analytic support to fully- and self-insured clients ranging in size from 20 - 5,000.  Her main responsibilities include client renewal projections, contribution and migration modeling, developing self-insured funding rates and reserves, and health insurance cost financial modeling. Eva holds a BS in Business Administration, with an option in Human Resource Management from California State University, Chico.
0ffice: (925) 407-0420   
Denise Mickelsen-Peden

Denise Mickelsen-Peden

Marketing Manager

Denise has been with Ascension since 2008 and has worked in the insurance industry since 2006. She oversees marketing and communications for Ascension, including online and printed materials such as brochures and company collateral. She is heavily involved in plan renewals, and works with the employee benefits team to consult on the development of client communications. Denise holds a BA in English from Western Washington University, and an MA in writing from Emerson College.
0ffice: (424) 270-9601   

Featured Blog Post

Ascension’s Ed Bray, Coauthors New Benefits Article for WorldatWork

Members of the WorldatWork Benefits Advisory Council (BAC) recently engaged in a dialogue about the role/needed skill sets practitioners need to be successful now and into the future. The members identified three main areas of focus: laws and regulations; strategic alignment and leadership and the communication and management of feedback while still doing his/her day job of managing total rewards programs. Click on read more to see the full article.

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Resources & Documents

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5th Annual ABCs of Employee Benefits

Your essential 2015 benefits “to do” list to keep your company compliant, competitive, and a cut above the rest!


4th Annual ABCs of Employee Benefits

Your essential 2014 benefits “to do” list to keep your company compliant, competitive, and a cut above the rest!