The Value of Membership

MBGH serves as a trusted source for employers and health benefit professionals who are seeking solutions to better manage the costs of benefits and the health and productivity of their covered populations. As one of the nation’s leading business coalitions, MBGH can provide your organization with access to innovative programs, resources and employer-directed activities that highlight industry trends and best practices from leading-edge employers and industry experts.

Why Employers Become Members

Business Member

To be eligible as a Business Member, an organization must be represented by individuals responsible for human resources, health benefits and health improvement activities for its covered population. Benefits include:

  • Free registration for educational programs, webinars and employer-only roundtables on health benefits management topics, along with discounts on annual MBGH events and preferred rates at industry conferences
  • Networking with other national and regional public/private health care purchasers
  • Complimentary individual membership to WELCOA (Wellness Council of America), including access to their resources, training and certification courses (a $395 value)
  • Access to member-only purchasing services, through Midwest Health Purchasers Cooperative (MHPC)
  • Exposure to national industry experts, researchers and thought-leaders in health benefits, health care and health policy
  • Access to health benefits benchmarking surveys on critical benefit issues and ability to request your own custom survey at no cost
  • Ability to participate in applied research projects and the testing of new benefit tools and strategies
  • Library of educational programs, speaker presentations and employer benchmarking surveys
  • Online member directory for HR and benefits professionals and employer member only online discussion groups
  • Access to information, programs and publications of other national business and health organizations that are MBGH Strategic Partners

Associate Member

An organization that provides health care products or services, medical products or consulting to employers that offer health benefits to covered populations. This may include consultants, brokers, providers, health plans, delivery systems, vendors and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Benefits include:

  • Networking opportunities with national and regional public/private health care purchasers
  • Free registration for educational programs and webinars
  • Preferred status to sponsor or exhibit at educational programs and annual conference
  • Opportunities to sponsor speakers, as content-experts, at certain educational events
  • Opportunities to sponsor employer benchmarking surveys, research projects and testing of new benefits, tools and strategies
  • Access to all member library of educational programs, speaker presentations and employer benchmarking surveys
  • Connection and ability to participate in all member online discussion groups
  • Significant discounts on annual events and MBGH partner conferences
  • Exposure to national industry experts, researchers and thought-leaders in health benefits, health care and health policy



Benefits You Can Use

MBGH recognizes most employers have a national or global benefit strategy, not a local one. As a result, our educational programs, research projects and knowledge base are designed to help employers of any size or location address a myriad of benefit challenges. Each year our members tell us the value of membership goes well beyond the cost of dues saving them time, training, consulting and staff resources. You don’t have to be in Chicago or the Midwest to take advantage of MBGH’s member benefits. Under a single membership, your benefits, medical and wellness team gains access to MBGH’s programs, staff and resources, regardless of their location.


with fellow HR/benefits professionals


with other employers on critical benefits issues


in evaluating new benefit design approaches, products and services


access to no-cost resources to support your health benefit programs and strategies


the cost, quality and safety of health care delivered to your covered population


assistance and recommendations on the design, management and evaluation of health benefits and wellness programs


the value of investing in onsite health services and programs