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, local business, or a large national company; whether you have workforce challenges, hiring needs, legal risks, competitive issues, financial considerations or compliance requirements, we know that what you do is unique and your benefits and compensation programs should follow suit. We’ll help you make the right investment so your benefits program will pay dividends for you and your employees in the years to come.

Benefits Services

What We Offer

Analysis &
Cost Control

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

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We’ll be your trusted advisor and support system for keeping up with new and constantly changing laws and regulations so you can proactively determine how your organization will be impacted.

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We’ll provide the highest levels of strategic and tactical design and branding expertise to create top-notch employee communication materials, tools and consulting.

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Health & Wellness

We’ll provide clinical health strategies to help lower your costs and increase employee productivity through ongoing wellness monitoring and incentives.

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& Technology

Leveraging the latest technology tools, we’ll work with you, as part of your team, to help you manage the day-to-day administration of your health 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 your staff. This means you can expect flawless delivery of services, us going above and beyond to make the complex more simple and a sense of urgency around bringing new ideas to you that are relevant to your organization. Our team has more than 75 years of combined experience, so you can rest assured we’ll deliver the right solutions for managing healthcare costs and integrating wellness programs.

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!