SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2015) -  Navera, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based benefits engagement solutions, today announced that Navera customer, Andreas Pyper of County of Santa Barbara, and Navera CEO, Steve L. Adams, have been recognized in the 10th annual HealthCare Consumerism Superstars and Innovators awards. 

Healthcare consumerism -- the movement to dramatically increase patient involvement in their own health care decisions -- is a vital tool to fix America's health care woes. Because employers have a significant stake in lowering health costs and increasing productivity through workforce wellness, workplace health and benefits programs are the catalyst for consumerism. The HealthCare Consumerism Superstars and Innovators awards spotlight executives and organizations that, in the past twelve months, have most transformed the corporate health and benefits field and radically increased employee engagement in their own health and well-being.

"The corporate health and benefits marketplace has responded with swift entrepreneurial force to a confluence of powerful new technologies, Affordable Care Act (ACA) implications and rampantly rising costs impacting the U.S. health care system. The result is a renaissance of workplace health and benefits innovation that bodes well for the health and productivity of America's workforce," said Doug Field, Founder and CEO of The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism. "The HealthCare Consumerism Superstars and Innovators program rewards and encourages continued business creativity that will positively alter our health care landscape," Field added.

Traditional benefits education mediums, such as text-intensive hardcopy or digital content, group meetings, or call center support are costly, inflexible, and often less than effective in today's benefits environment. Information is not readily available 24/7/365, is generic rather than personally relevant, and can be non-compliant when humans are delivering the message. Navera's award-winning solution transforms complex benefits information into an engaging and personalized consumer experience so that employees can learn about their benefits options and make informed decisions that will support their healthcare and financial goals.

"We are honored to receive the HealthCare Consumerism Superstar award, but are even happier that our employees now have a modern-day benefits engagement experience that meets their needs in the post-ACA, digital world," said Andreas Pyper, Wellness & Benefits Manager, County of Santa Barbara. "Navera has enabled us to provide our employees with an engaging, informative, and personally relevant benefits education and decision support experience that enables them to confidently make important choices and increases their overall satisfaction with the benefits we offer."

"I am especially excited for County of Santa Barbara for securing a spot in the 'Most Effective Employee Empowerment' category," said Steve L. Adams, president and CEO of Navera and winner in the 2015 Superstar Industry Innovators category. "Navera's solutions represent the next generation of benefits education and engagement offerings, re-defining how employees engage with and select a personalized portfolio of benefits. These awards further validate not only the growing market demand for these types of applications, but also the innovative use of Navera's benefits engagement solutions by our progressive customers." 

Candidates for the HealthCare Consumerism Superstars and Innovator recognition were nominated by their industry peers, clients, and colleagues. Winners were selected by a judging panel of industry experts and are awarded across a range of categories that reflect the ecosystem of organizations serving the field and variety of health and health benefits solution areas.

The 2015 HealthCare Consumerism Superstars and Innovators will be formally honored during an Awards dinner ceremony held the evening of November 17th in conjunction with The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism's 2015 IHC FORUM West conference at Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV. For a full list of winners, visit

About The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism
The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism is the only organization 100% devoted to helping employers and their workplace health and benefits advisors to best engage their employees in their own health and well-being. The IHC brings all key constituents in the workforce health marketplace together in dialogue and action through its national conferences, online content, professional education, research and other skillful means. For more information, visit

About Navera
Backed by Emergence Capital Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures, Navera is an award-winning, provider of a cloud-based benefits engagement service that enables consumers to select the healthcare and voluntary benefits that most closely match their needs. Headquartered in San Francisco, Navera takes a portfolio approach to benefits enrollment and provides users with an engaging and personalized consumer experience that provides a better understanding of benefit options and how they work together to provide the most complete and cost-effective coverage. Consumers are able to make confident, well-informed decisions while enjoying an informative and entertaining enrollment process. To learn more about Navera, please visit

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