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Learn more about our Payroll & HR partner, Heartland. They're offering a great deal to ATC members. Reach out to let us know how we can help you and your organization.

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A note from our healthcare partner, get-benefits

The ATC works in partnership with get-benefits to provide access to affordable healthcare solutions for growing organizations across the Pacific Northwest.

get-benefits Blog: No Insurance Card, No Benefits?

How many times have you made a doctor’s appointment only to show up without your health/dental/vision I.D. card? Or worse, felt like you could not even schedule your appointment until you had the insurance card in hand?

While we are proponents of always being prepared with your insurance card, there will be times that you simply don’t have your I.D. card available.

Did you know that some insurance carriers don’t even produce I.D. cards?

It’s true!

VSP is a great example of a company that, although you CAN print off an I.D. card, one will not be mailed to you automatically after signing up. The reason for this is that many providers now ask you what insurance company you are with and then will call to verify your benefits.

What to do when you don’t have your I.D. card

Here are some self-service tips to prepare for your upcoming appointment if you are without your card:

  • Call your benefits broker to see if they can get you access to the ID numbers if you have recently become enrolled in the benefits.
  • If you receive your ID number from your broker, you may then register on the insurance carrier website. However, other insurance carriers will allow you to register with just a social security and/or date of birth. The goal of registering is to be able to print a temporary ID card until your permanent card arrives in the mail.
  • Ask your provider if they will call in to verify your benefits directly with the insurance carrier. You may also find that some of your medical providers will automatically do this for you.

Use these tips to help you feel more prepared for your next appointment!

Have more I.D. or insurance card-related questions? Contact the team at get-benefits today! 

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Who is your ATC board? This month we feature ATC President...

Bryan Christensen, President and Senior Consultant
If you’ve met Bryan, you probably already know he has a heart for service. It began to develop when he was a teenager, with his work toward becoming an Eagle Scout, and solidified while serving his country as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy, where he saved lives and helped people who were hurting or needed aid.
It was during his time in the Navy that he found a love for technology. Almost overnight, he went from being “a medic” to “an IT guy” when the Navy computerized its systems. He developed an early focus not on the individual device or software but on the big picture of how people and businesses benefit from holistic solutions.
Bryan founded CHR in 2007 to bring together his passions for helping others and for technology. He loves knowing he can make a difference for his clients every day. He admires the way technology can enable business successes and thrives on helping people and companies grow in their understanding and use of technology.
As president and senior consultant, Bryan manages CHR’s day-to-day sales and technical operations and serves as the customer’s main contact for all projects and engagements. He has an extensive background in IT management and systems security with an emphasis on multi-site wide area communications systems. He holds both a clinical and a didactic counseling certificate from the U.S. Navy and has certificates in consulting from Microsoft Professional Services and Franklin Covey Consulting. Bryan also has earned many technical and engineering certificates from Novel, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel and ShoreTel.
In his free time, Bryan enjoys exploring, whether it’s locally -- discovering a new food cart or treasure hunting as an avid Geocacher (300 caches found in the last year alone!) -- or further afield, with travels including Europe and Central America and a humanitarian visit to Cuba. He thinks Portland is a great place to live and have a business.

About CHR
CHR creates unique, custom IT solutions that allow businesses to accomplish greater, more robust goals. Since 2007, we have worked in partnership with CFOs, senior managers and company principals to understand and embrace advancements in IT solutions.

We take a holistic, creative approach to solving our clients’ problems. CHR is technology agnostic, so you can be sure that the solutions we recommend are truly the ones that are best suited to your needs. We believe that technology should be the tool that powers our clients’ work, rather than a limiting factor.
We’re committed to helping businesses become more productive and focus on what they do best. We’re dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized businesses that are going through business and technology changes. And we’re proud of our own and our clients’ successes.
12300 SE Mallard Way, Suite 210
Milwaukie, OR 97222

ATC Partner, Heartland Payroll

Did you know that 1 out of 3 businesses in the United States receive a penalty from the IRS or Oregon for not making payroll tax deposits on time or accurately?  Let Heartland take the guess work out of it, and give you peace of mind knowing that ALL federal and state payroll tax deposits and ALL federal and state payroll tax returns will be filed on time and accurately. This is the #1 reason why businesses all over the US continue to choose Heartland Payroll and HR for their payroll tax filings, but there is so much more….

On top of filing your payroll taxes, Heartland will streamline your payroll by providing Direct Deposit to employees, simplifying the Oregon Sick Leave Act, Garnishment Administration, Sick/Vacation Tracking, New Hire Reporting, Workforce Opportunity Tax Credits, FICA Tip Credits (restaurants), Workers Compensation Reporting, 401k reporting,  etc.... Heartland clients have just 2 responsibilities each pay period: report hours and have the funds in the business account to cover payroll, and we do the rest! If you happen to track time using a time clock or POS, all you have to do is make a few clicks and hours can be imported into the Heartland Online Payroll System….it can be that easy.

Payroll tax laws change each and every year with the IRS and State of Oregon. Between the two agencies, there are 4-5 changes each and every year that business owners have to stay on top of or they can be out of compliance in the blink of an eye. Here are just a few major changes that Heartland kept our clients aware of in the past year, and made sure they were in compliance: Oregon Sick Leave Act, Oregon Minimum Wage Changes, Washington Sick Leave Act, IRS Tax Table Changes.  

When it comes to HR, business owners spend thousands of $$$ on payroll tax attorneys or even hire an employee in-house for $50k - $75k per year. Heartland will be a fraction of those costs, and can provide the following services: HR Team and Hotline, Handbook Creation or Review, HRIS (HR software), Policy Library, and much more…..

ATC has chosen to endorse Heartland as the preferred Payroll & HR provider to our clients. All ATC members will receive discounted prices for the Heartland services, a 3 year price guarantee, and all set up fees will be waived! Our clients will be working with Dan Ruhl, who has 25 years of experience in the payroll and HR world. If you have any questions about Heartland Services, feel free to contact Dan via email at, or by phone at 541.280.2231. Remember to let Dan know that you are an ATC member!
Heartland Payroll Systems - ATC Partner
Check out this short video to learn more about Heartland.

Where We'll Be...

Stay tuned for details on where we'll be and who we'll be partnering with in the coming months. Invite an ATC member to your event and you'll be featured in our newsletter and on our website. Let us know what's going on in your neck of the woods.


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