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Benefits Broker Services RFP # 23-249

Pender County (hereinafter referred to as “County”) is requesting proposals and statement of qualifications from qualified consulting/broker firms (hereinafter referred to as “Consultant”) to provide benefit consulting to include assistance with benefit design, bidding and evaluation, contract negotiation, on-going evaluation, plan modification and other services required to obtain and maintain a competitive benefits program.

The County seeks a benefit plan that can be adjusted annually based on experience as well as one that can easily adapt to changes in market conditions and regulations.  Currently the County is a member of the State Health Plan (SHP), which presently is partnered with BCBS of NC but as you probably already know will partner with Aetna in 2025.  We are unsure how this will affect our employee health insurance in the future and if there will be an opportunity to research other options or remain with the SHP.  Therefore, the County is interested in a firm with a demonstrated record of taking a creative, innovative approach to maneuver through the rising costs of healthcare and employee benefits, while maintaining fiscal responsibility and providing an unbiased perspective to the process.

All prospective Consultants will be afforded full opportunity to submit a proposal and statements of qualifications in response to this request.  This Request for Proposal (RFP) is an invitation by the County for consultants to submit an offer, which may be subject to subsequent discussion. Submittal of proposal does not create any right in or expectation to a contract with the County.


Proposals must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, May 12, 2023.  Any proposals received after this date and time will not be considered.  Pender

Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked RFP # 23-249 Employee Benefits Consulting Services and delivered to the attention of Trisha Newton, Purchasing Manager at the one of the following addresses:

By Mail:

PO Box 1578

Burgaw, NC  28425


In person/By courier:

805 S. Walker St

Burgaw, NC 28425


Proposals may be mailed, sent by private carrier, or delivered in person during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Neither nor faxed nor emailed copies will not be accepted.  One original, three (3) copies and a digital version must be submitted.


Questions regarding any content contained in the RFP may be directed in writing to Pam Brame, Human Resources Director, at no later than May 3, 2023 at 2pm.


Pender County reserves the right to reject any/or proposals.  Click here to view the full RFP # 23-249 Professional Broker Services Document.


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