A Message From Our CEO

posted by ChrisHewitt
Oct 21


Providing benefits to employees has become a bigger challenge for many companies. Staying informed on the latest updates to healthcare is only part of the task. Remaining efficient and competitive, while keeping in compliance with an unprecedented number of new rules and regulations, is the real challenge. Our team at Associated Administrators prepared well in advance to be ready for all of this change. We have paid close attention to every detail of The Affordable Care Act, in order to anticipate the needs of our clients and to provide the best service possible in this new environment. Our ongoing strategies include:  constant monitoring for up-to-minute response on healthcare reform updates; well-planned technology investment to remain “cutting-edge” and government compliant; special emphasis on superior communication to participants and trustees about plan changes; new staff-training initiatives to ensure that all employees are knowledgeable and well-versed about new requirements. These are just a few of the items from our current action plan.


Our 40-year history of employee benefits administration makes us uniquely qualified to navigate through this new territory in our industry. We understand the intricacies of benefit plans and we are experts in the coordination and administration of these programs. We have adapted our company strategies in response to the new business environment, but our overall goal has not changed. We are committed to providing innovative, cost-effective benefits administration – tailored to fit the needs of each client. Our customized programs, flexibility, and accuracy, continue to be the keys to our success.


If you are new to Associated Administrators, we hope you will contact us to discuss your benefit needs. We will deliver your employee benefit solution.


Laura L. Walsh, CEO


Oct 14

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. The “Associated Administrators Team in Action” has participated annually in Baltimore’s Walk to End Alheizmer’s since 2010. The Associated team ranked second for most money raised by a company team in 2012, and was ranked fifth in 2013.  Click on the link below to contribute to this important cause.



June, 2013

Associated Administrators, LLC was recently ranked eighth (8th) on the list of “Largest employee benefits administrators in Maryland”, compiled by the Baltimore Business Journal. This list included brokers, benefit design companies and third party administrators (TPAs). Among the first eight entries, Associated is distinct because it is the only company on the list that is solely a TPA. http://dnasab.net/2012/09/20/john-f-simon-jr-winds-across-the-inner-sea/ When compared to companies that are defined exclusively as TPAs, Associated Administrators, LLC is actually the largest on the entire east coast. In addition to being among the largest benefits administrators, Associated is also among the most experienced. Founded in 1972, this company has the knowledge and expertise required to navigate today’s complicated world of employee benefits.

Mar 16

Our CEO, Laura Walsh was featured in the Baltimore and DC issue of Smart CEO Magazine as one of the areas top ten Healthcare Professionals. Please read the article!

Smart CEO Magazine Article


posted by ChrisHewitt
May 28

Sparks, Md. – Effective June 1, 2011, Associated Administrators, LLC and Benefit Systems Management, Inc., both Maryland-based Third Party Administrators, are happy to announce a new partnership.

Mr. Barry A. Kuhne, President of BSM is retiring for health reasons. He began to search a few months ago for value added services for his clients and staff. Mr. Kuhne and Laura Walsh, CEO of Associated, along with her Executive Leadership Committee, determined that a partnership would provide a seamless transition, as well as a win-win situation for both companies. They finalized the agreement on May 10, 2011.

The companies both operate on the Basys software platform, have several Fund vendor relationships in common, and – most importantly – have always had the same service – first approach with their Taft-Hartley clients. Associated, now including the experienced staff of BSM, is the largest independent TPA providing services to self-funded Plans in the Mid-Atlantic area. Together, the firms look forward to continuing their mutual tradition of high quality benefits administration for Trustees and participants.

Laura L. Walsh,

CEO Associated Administrators, LLC

IFEBP Conference

posted by ChrisHewitt
May 28

“CEO Laura Walsh spoke at the International Foundation of Employee Benefits (IFEBP) conference on February 7 and 8 in Orlando, Florida, and will do so again on June 14 and 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their topic was Health Care Reform, and the audience were primarily fellow administrators. Laura gave a PowerPoint presentation on some of the lesser-known requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, then formed part of a panel of experts during an open forum discussion the following day. The presentation was researched and written by Joe Sears, an Account Executive at Associated, and was a collaboration between Joe and Laura. As a new Account Executive, Joe Sears attended the IFEBP conference and was in the audience for the presentation.

The IFEBP expressed interest in having Laura speak again at future conferences on subjects of educational value to administrators, Trustees, and others involved in Taft-Hartley benefit funds.”

Managing Healthcare Reform (PDF)