Benefit Advocates stays at the forefront of issues, policy, and trends in healthcare and benefits plan administration to provide our clients and their employees with expert advice and comprehensive management and support.



Mary Kesel will be speaking at the Employer’s Association in Charlotte on March 19th. Her topic is “Medicare & Social Security – What HR Pro’s Need To Know!” 

This event will be held at 3020 W. Arrowood Road in Charlotte, NC. For more information, call 704-522-8011.



Mary Kesel will be speaking at the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. The symposium begins Monday, September 7, and runs through Thursday, September 10. Her session is titled Medicare: What Employee Benefit Professionals Need To Know.

Topics will include Who Needs to Enroll In Medicare, Medicare & HDHPs and HSAs, and Medicare for Long Term Disability Beneficiaries & Dependents. To register, visit


Benefit Advocates has been invited to Health Fairs throughout the Southeast in recent months. Two of note included Health Fairs at Davidson College north of Charlotte, and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

When we are invited to Health Fairs like these, we are able to share with visitors how to better navigate the health care system for themselves and their families.

If your company or organization is holding a health fair for employees or a community effort, call us if you would like for us to participate! (800) 344-5677.



New Client Highlight


Park Sterling Bank, headquartered in Charlotte, NC is committed to serving the needs of customers throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and North Georgia. At Park Sterling Bank, their goal is to provide the strength and product diversity of a larger bank, and the service and attention to detail that characterizes a small community bank. Park Sterling Bank now operates 53 branches offering a range of banking services including a diverse Wealth Management, Asset Based Lending, Private Banking and Residential Mortgage Services. They recently announced the acquisition of Provident Community Bank to offer even more banking services to those living and working in South Carolina.


The Obama health-care overhaul is making Medicare more attractive, but for working seniors the enrollment process is complicated and full of pitfalls. Read The Wall Street Journal article, How to Avoid Medicare Land Mines, to learn how Benefit Advocates helps working seniors avoid Medicare snares and prevent unnecessary losses, potentially in the thousands of dollars.


Benefit Advocates was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about the challenges of complicated claims resolutions and what the writer called, “health-care hieroglyphics.” Read more about how services like Benefit Advocates can help companies, individuals and retirees eliminate headaches in the WSJ article, Medical Paperwork Syndrome.

Articles featuring Mary Kesel: