Fort Worth Chamber to unveil new health plans

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Amid the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce is preparing to offer its members some help with employee health benefits.

The organization will announce today two new health insurance plans for members. It’s the first time in its 131-year history that the chamber has offered health insurance alternatives to members, and it said it will become the largest chamber in North Texas to do so.

The chamber said nearly 80 percent of its members currently offer employee health benefits, but are struggling with rising costs. One of the plans is aimed at larger, self-insured companies, and the other uses a national co-op, which is a new type of not-for-profit health insurer created by the Affordable Care Act.

The insurance programs will be presented at the chamber’s annual healthcare summit at the Cendera Center at 3600 Benbrook Highway.

Arlington Memorial among state’s most affordable hospitals

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital ranks No. 10 among the most affordable hospitals in the state, and Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas does even better at No. 5, according to a new ranking.

There are a zillion ways to rank hospitals, but consumer finance site NerdWallet came up with a score based on prices, experience with 100 common surgical procedures and patient satisfaction. It’s kind of a silly name, but the ranking uses Medicare data and other surveys to arrive at its scores for the state’s 50 largest hospitals.

Arlington Memorial was especially affordable for stroke treatment and prevention, and has been recognized for treatment of diabetes, gastroenterology, geriatrics, neurology, pulmonology and urology. Baylor was most affordable for treatment of heart attacks and aneurisms, and has good patient satisfaction, NerdWallet said.

NerdWallet’s health site is at www.nerdwallet.com/health/hospitals/best.

Cantey Hanger buys Dallas aviation law firm

Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth said it has acquired the Dallas-based aviation law firm Smith & Moore and will hire five of its attorneys.

Joining Cantey Hanger in January are owners Charles H. Smith and J. Michael Colpoys, and Stephanie L. Millett, Bryan S. David and David V. Denny. Two other Smith & Moore attorneys are not joining the firm.

Steve Tatum, Cantey Hanger managing partner, said the addition will allow the firm to broaden its practice area with attorneys who are experienced in aviation litigation.

Smith & Moore’s aviation practice involved air carrier litigation, aviation product manufacturer litigation, aerial applicator/toxic tort litigation, fixed base operator and aircraft owner/operator litigation, aviation insurance defense, aviation commercial litigation, aviation accident litigation and aircraft products liability.

Some of its clients include Bell Helicopter Textron and Cessna Aircraft.

Smith and the late John W. Moore founded the firm in 1991 as a general civil litigation and transactional practice.

TTI acquires Ray-Q Interconnect

Fort Worth-based TTI, the global electronics components distributor that’s owned by Berkshire Hathaway, has acquired Ray-Q Interconnect, a Raychem subsidiary based in Israel with offices in Turkey and India.

Founded in 1969, Ray-Q provides electrical interconnect solutions to military, aerospace and other high-reliability product industries. Since 2000, the company has been incorporated as a representative, consultant, and distributor of leading technologies and interconnect products of manufacturers for Israel, Turkey, Eastern and parts of Central Europe, and India, TTI said.

Ray-Q employs approximately 70 associates and counts among its customers virtually every major defense contractor, TTI said.

Yigal Funt, Ray-Q CEO, said, “Becoming part of TTI will greatly enhance our added value activities in the support of the design and implementation of interconnect systems for our customers.”

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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