March 7, 2012

Unified Group Services Named U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Award Winner

Anderson, IN — Unified Group Services, a third party administrator for self-funded group health plans, has been named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Unified is 1 of 75 companies from across the United States that is being recognized for its dedication to the principles of free enterprise and its contributions to restoring jobs and prosperity.

“The recipients of this year’s Blue Ribbon Award excelled in business amid great uncertainty and thrived despite difficult economic times,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. “More important than profits, their successes have provided much-needed jobs and hope to the people in their communities.”

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” stated Richard Mousty, owner and CEO of Unified. Starting in Mousty’s sunroom in 1996, he and co-founder Faith Hailey set out to create a company with outstanding customer service. Today, Unified Group Services has grown to employ nearly 100 people, servicing over 130 customers in 30 states, and processing over $420 million in health care claims in their 22,000-square-foot facility in Anderson.

Unified has survived the storms of economic upheaval. The past few years, Unified has seen several customers acquired by larger entities and others that have been forced to dissolve their benefit plans; but they have remained solid. “In our entire history, we have never laid a worker off due to downsizing. We are very blessed to have several of the employees we hired during our first year still working with us,” said Mousty

The awards program, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, honors companies that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including strategy, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.

“These award winners embody the spirit of American free enterprise,” said Donohue. “Today, the Chamber celebrates the positive impact made by these companies and is proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements.”

Actively involved in its community, Unified participates in the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and has supported non-profit organizations such as the St. John’s Children’s Clinic, Alternatives, Inc., The Christian Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, the YMCA and many others.

This year’s 75 Blue Ribbon winners were selected from a record number of nationwide applicants and will be honored at America’s Small Business Summit 2012, which will be held from May 21–23 in Washington, D.C. On March 15, seven of the Blue Ribbon recipients will be announced as award finalists, and one will be named the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year during the summit. The winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.

Blue Ribbon businesses are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which will be decided in March through online public voting at www.uschambersummit.com/ceaaward. To learn more about America’s Small Business Summit, visit www.uschambersummit.com.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

About Unified Group Services: Anderson-based Unified Group Services, Inc., is a Third Party Administrator (TPA) for self-insured group health plans. Unified Group Services offers a broad range of services including but not limited to: Medical, Dental, Vision, COBRA/HIPAA, Section 125 (FSA), HRA, Health Savings Account (HSA), and Short-term Disability administration plus Wellness programs. During the past few years, Unified has been recognized with several awards, including:

  • 2011 Indiana Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
  • 2010 Indiana Small Business Administration’s Person of the Year for the State of Indiana presented to President and CEO, Richard L. Mousty.
  • Finalist for Indiana State Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year in February 2009, November 2009, and November 2010.
  • 2009 Company to Watch by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, its Small Business Development Center network, Purdue University and the Edward Lowe Foundation.
  • 2009 Top Place to Work in Central Indiana according to The Indianapolis Star.
  • Unified was the first third party administrator to participate in the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE)’s Quality Health First (QHF) program, which helps physicians and patients achieve better health outcomes and helps reduce the overall cost of care.