Don't Make These Insurance Mistakes!

January 23rd, 2015

The start of a new year (and preparing for tax season) is a perfect time to review your personal insurance policies.  As you consider what changes need to be made on your home and auto policies in 2015 make sure you are not guilty of making some of these common insurance mistakes that often result in paying read more »

Tips for Surviving Severe Cold Weather

January 9th, 2015

With the recent barrage of snow and bitter cold temperatures across most of Central Illinois, it is important to review some simple steps to take in order to keep your home in working order over winter and most importantly, avoid submitting a homeowners claim!  Courtesy of the Insurance Information Institute. Keep sidewalks and entrances to your home read more »

Small Business Saturday

November 28th, 2014

It’s Black Friday, and if you’re not working, chances are you’re out fighting the cold and the masses trying to find the best possible deals for all of your holiday shopping.  Black Friday carries a negative stigma, and it certainly has a tendency to bring out the worst in a lot of people turning a read more »

Obamacare's Inflated Enrollment Numbers

November 21st, 2014

Despite multiple setbacks, last year the Obama administration met their goal of reaching over 7 million people to enroll in government-run healthcare exchanges as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  The goal of 7 million enrollees came about as an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and was seen as a figure necessary for the success of read more »

Winter is coming . . . time to winterize your vehicle!

November 13th, 2014

Mid-November in Central Illinois and the snow is already falling.  Although most people around here will tell you they prefer a white Christmas, a white Thanksgiving is typically not a welcome sight.  However, the early snow can be an important reminder that your daily commute to work and/or school is going to become increasingly treacherous read more »

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2014

Halloween is a particularly great holiday because it allows adults and children to indulge in activities that are traditionally discouraged – namely dressing up like super heroes and eating candy until your stomach hurts.  As important as it is to shed the burden of good behavior every October 31st, make sure you have at least one responsible adult willing read more »

How to Save More $$ on Car Insurance

September 30th, 2014

There’s often a lot of confusion regarding the way car insurance premiums are calculated, but if there is one thing consumers are certain of it’s that their premiums are way too high. Well we at GTPS are all about empowering the consumer to make informed decisions so here’s some tips on how to save more $$ on your read more »

C-U Restaurant Health Inspections Now Online

September 19th, 2014

If you go out to eat in Champaign-Urbana, then you have probably seen the color-coded health inspection reports taped to windows or doors of your favorite restaurants that look just like this: These simple reports, while informative, did not provide customers with details regarding public health violations committed by the establishment.  Although all citizens are legally allowed access read more »

Halbig v. Burwell - Impact on ACA Employer Mandate

July 24th, 2014

Lot of news this week regarding the Halbig v. Burwell challenge to Obamacare. First, a cliffs notes version of the lawsuit. The plaintiff, Jacqueline Halbig, was a senior policy adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services within the previous administration under President George W. Bush.  The defendant is the current U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell.   Based on read more »

Affordable Care Survey 2014

June 9th, 2014

Check out the results of a recent nationwide survey of over 2,000 businesses on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on their organization’s employee health benefits program.  Some notable results include: 68% of respondents documented that the ACA led to increased costs for their organization’s health benefits plan.  62% passed those increased costs on read more »