Benefitfocus and Castlight Health Team to Improve Healthcare Decisions and Reduce Costs

March 8, 2016


Industry leaders align product development efforts, Comcast signs on as client and lead product advisor

Orlando, Fla. – March 8, 2016 –  Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT), a leading cloud-based benefits management platform, today announced a partnership with Castlight Health to provide year-round benefits management, financial, health and wellness decision support. Announced at its annual user conference, BENEFITFOCUS® One Place, the partnership was developed with significant input from senior benefit leaders at Comcast Corporation.

“This partnership represents the completion of a total consumer-driven healthcare experience. The Benefitfocus enterprise benefits management platform combined with Castlight’s suite of products will provide employees the information and technology they need to remain in the driver’s seat from benefits election to provider selection,” said Benefitfocus CEO Shawn Jenkins.

“It’s more important than ever for leading enterprises to help improve healthcare quality, address rising costs of care, engage employees throughout the year and importantly, help them select the right plan during open enrollment,” said Giovanni Colella, M.D., co-Founder and CEO of Castlight Health. “We are honored to work with Benefitfocus, a like-minded company focused on helping enterprises and employees reign in healthcare costs through access to better information.”

To address the growing trend toward outcome-based healthcare, Castlight Health and Benefitfocus will release a unified solution that is designed to engage employees by helping guide them to the best healthcare decisions.  Starting during open enrollment on the BENEFITFOCUS Marketplace, employees will have access to additional data through Castlight Health to help guide employees to the right program, the right care, at the right time.

Providing a unified experience for employers and employees will:

  • Improve employee plan fit during open enrollment. The unified solution will increase employee visibility into plan costs and quality of care, providing them with the information they need to select the right plan.
  • Retain employee engagement throughout the year.  By combining Castlight’s proven multi-channel engagement with the new content management capabilities available through the BENEFITFOCUS Marketplace, HR leaders will have the tools they need to increase employee engagement in healthcare.
  • Drive down healthcare costs.  With year-round access to the Castlight Health Benefits Platform, employees will be better positioned to make informed healthcare decisions, improving healthcare quality outcomes and reducing healthcare costs

Clients and customers interested in learning more about the joint solution may register their interest here.  Currently under development, the joint solution is planned for a fall 2016 release.

“At Comcast we’re focused on engaging our entire employee population with a best-in-class ecosystem so they have the information they need to make better decisions when it comes to managing their overall health and well-being,” said Shawn Leavitt, senior vice president of global benefits for Comcast Corporation. “We firmly believe in deploying visionary tools from leading partners, and I’m excited to serve as the product advisor for this first-of-its-kind offering.”


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