HOUSTON – Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is pleased to welcome Gallagher Benefit Services as its newest affiliate member.

Gallagher Benefit Services (GBS) and its parent company, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., are two of the largest commercial insurance and risk management companies in the world. Specializing in bringing health care to its customers, GBS provides health care and benefits packages to a variety of industries throughout the United States, including the energy sector. Offering much more than health care plans and benefits, GBS offers comprehensive technical expertise in health care compliance and PPACA, as well as knowledge of local marketplaces that are tailored to specific regions of the United States. Customers who use GBS’s services rely on them to assist with the design, customization, implementation and management of their employee benefit programs. GBS is proud to be listed on the Houston Chronicle’s Top Places to Work 2012, this honor is due to the culture in the office and employee reviews.

James Wright, energy group managing director for GBS said, “We look forward to partnering with the Consumer Energy Alliance on a number of policy issues in both the health care and energy arenas.  For years, Gallagher has provided benefits packages to the energy industry, many of which are current members of CEA. The complexity of new healthcare regulations being implemented at both the federal and state levels has raised a number of questions from CEA members and Gallagher is looking forward to becoming a resource for the energy industry as companies will have the monumental task of complying with new regulations. We welcome the opportunity to work with CEA and its members.”

“CEA is excited to be working with our first member in the health care industry,” said CEA President David Holt. “It stands to reason that two of the city of Houston’s biggest employers, the energy and health care industries, should be partnering and working together on a variety of issues that have major implications on our economy and our standard of living.  Providing workers in the energy segment with quality care and coverage is always a priority in our industry and partnering with Gallagher will allow CEA the opportunity to stay attuned to the needs of our membership.”