Burnham Benefits Insurance Services - The employee benefits broker and group health insurance advisor in East Irvine

Burnham Benefits Insurance Services

2211 Michelson Drive, Suite 1200 Irvine, CA
East Irvine, CA 92612

Practice Areas

  • ACA Compliance and Reporting
  • Benefit Administration Solutions
  • Consumerism Solutions
  • Executive Benefits
  • FMLA/Leave & Absence Management
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Group Life/AD&D
  • Human Resources Solutions
  • Payroll
  • PEO Solutions
  • Voluntary Benefits

Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Overview

Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage firm with dedicated, creative professionals ready to partner with your team!

Privately Held

Burnham Benefits is a privately held, full-service Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage firm headquartered in Irvine, California. Founded in 1995, Burnham is among the largest brokerage firms in California specializing in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services.

Being a privately held company enables us to adapt to the needs of our clients decisively as our only real shareholders are our clients.


Strategic Growth

Burnham has cultivated steady, strategic growth over the last 10 years.

-- 21% average gross revenue growth year-over-year

-- 550 clients

-- 94% client retention (10-year average)

-- $1.8 billion in premiums managed

-- 98 employees (Including an in-house ERISA attorney, actuary, and communications team)

-- 8 offices:

          -- Orange County, CA

          -- San Francisco Bay Area, CA

          -- Sacramento, CA

          -- Fresno, CA

          -- Los Angeles, CA

          -- San Diego, CA

          -- San Luis Obispo, CA

          -- Phoenix, AZ


Being a privately held company enables us to adapt to the needs of our clients decisively as our only real shareholders are our clients.


A Great Place to Work

-- “Best Place to Work in Insurance” (national recognition) | every year since 2013 | Business Insurance magazine

-- “Best Place to Work” | every year since 2011 | Orange County Business Journal

-- “Woman of the Year” | 2015—President and CEO Kris Allison | Orange County Business Journal

-- “Best Place to Work” | every year since 2015 | North Bay Business Journal

-- Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC), a distinction accepted by over 800 national corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies across the country


Modern Company Culture

The Burnham team prides itself on operating much differently than your average brokerage firm. We are highly collaborative, and revel in a culture that allows employees to blossom into the best possible version of themselves. Burnham truly understands the importance of work-life harmony, encouraging employees to get involved in the community and offering flexible schedules.


Socially Conscious

Burnham is a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corps are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. We are legally required to consider the impact of our decisions on our colleagues, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. We are proud to be part of a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

-- The only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance

-- B Corp Certification proves companies are meeting the highest standards of verified performance through charitable giving, employee benefits offered, and operations materials

-- Evaluates how our company’s operations and business model impact our employees, community, environment, and clients

-- Positive impact is supported by transparency and accountability requirements

B Corp Certification doesn’t just prove where we excel now—it commits Burnham to consider stakeholder impact for the long term by building it into our legal structure.


The Burnham Way | Meaningful Acts Making an Impact

Philanthropy is central to the culture at Burnham. As a certified B Corp, the firm understands the importance of giving back and is highly involved in both the local communities where Burnham offices reside and the overall social well-being of others. The company encourages employees to give back through meaningful charitable service projects and by offering an annual $500 charitable donation match.


Invested for Clients

We enable our teams to operate at the highest efficiency and produce top-level results for our clients through Burnham’s thoughtfully crafted internal specialties model.

Benefits Consulting and brokerage services for the following benefit programs: 

-- Medical Insurance

-- Dental Insurance

-- Vision Insurance

-- Life Insurance

-- Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

-- Health Care Flexible Spending Account

-- Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

-- Short-Term Disability

-- Long-Term Disability

-- Voluntary Benefit Plans

-- Leave Administration

-- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)



Strategic Benefit Planning

Holistic approach to developing multi-year benefits strategy to ensure the plan meets the objectives of the client and its employees, including plan development, management, and continual account stewardship reporting.


Benefit Design

Utilize benchmarking and contribution analysis to ensure benefit designs are consistent with the strategic benchmarks and targets set forth in the strategic benefit planning process. Services include:

-- Renewal evaluation, marketing & negotiations

-- Cost analysis, market study & carrier trend analysis

-- Comprehensive plan design evaluation

-- Employee Contribution Modeling

-- Network comparisons and utilization

-- Benchmarking data research and reports

-- Targeted consumerism assessment (HSA, FSA, HRA, CDHP, etc.)


Human Capital Management Technology

-- In-house Technology Specialist

-- RFP process / Technology Evaluation

-- Initial Discovery Call with Technology Team and Client

-- Complete client requirements

-- Market Research

-- Recommend Vendors



Identify core administrative services, assess vendor performance, and manage vendor relationships to provide appropriate program administration


Self-Funding Arrangements

Advise and counsel regarding program funding alternatives, including review fee proposals, and recommend budget rates and employee contribution rates



-- In-house Attorney

-- ERISA reporting and disclosure, including wrap plan documents and summary plan descriptions, eligibility and other plan administration issues

-- IRS tax issues, including cafeteria plan and fringe benefit requirements

-- Full-service nondiscrimination testing

-- 5500 Reporting


-- Mergers and acquisitions

-- HIPAA privacy and data security

-- Wellness programs

-- State and local laws and ordinances

-- Complex ACA consulting

-- ACA reporting (including excise tax analysis)


Burnham Analytics

-- In-house actuarial and underwriting staff with carrier and consulting experience

-- Predictive modeling through the Burnham Analytics platform – assess client risk profile, identify risk factors and develop action plans to improve future results

-- Leverage analytical tools and technology to proactively manage healthcare claims cost and risk

-- Manage client claim reporting to evaluate trends and patterns

-- Comprehensive benchmarking to assess plan performance and benefit metrics and compare those to similar organizations



-- In-house communications team

-- Foundation Communications

-- Online Communications—Virtual communication strategies/ implementation

-- Additional customizable communications



-- In-house Wellness Consultant

-- Population identification (analysis of claims, chronic condition reporting, aggregate screening data, self-reported data, prescription drug reporting, etc.)

-- Market analysis and procurement of 3rd party vendors

-- Program planning, incentive development

-- Strategic program management (three to five-year planning)

-- Wellness Compliance review

-- Implementation of vendors

-- Integration of programs

-- ROI analysis

-- Committee development

-- Communications

-- Coordination of screening and onsite events


Value Added Services

-- Benefits Hotline / Call Center with multilingual staff

-- Eligibility, claim, billing and access to care resolution

-- COBRA administration

-- Hotline and unlimited online training for HR consulting

-- Dependent audit analysis

-- ThinkHR and HR360, comprehensive HR resource with access to HR advisors, documents, tools, templates and checklists, HR training, research on complex issues, compliance alerts, webinars and whitepapers


About The Service

Elevate Benefits, LLC owns and operates SHRM Broker Finder, a software as a service (SaaS) platform. Our platform supports your independent research, vetting and hiring processes. The company facilitates introductions and exchange of information between parties seeking and offering solutions. We are not a licensed financial services entity of any kind and we do not seek to sell or make money from the sale of any employee benefits, financial services or any other regulated products or services. We also do not make specific provider, product or service recommendations. Learn more by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions.

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