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Erika James earns Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC™) designation

MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Erika James, Vice President Employee Benefits, Heffernan Insurance Brokers has earned the Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC™) professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Candidates for the ChHC™ designation must complete a minimum of six courses and 12 hours of proctored examinations.  They must also fulfill stringent experience and ethics requirements. The ChHC™ designation is considered the most comprehensive credential available for benefits specialists, healthcare consultants, and financial advisors interested in effectively providing clients with cutting-edge information.  The curriculum provides professionals with an in-depth understanding of the latest reforms in healthcare mandated by recent legislation.

Once the program is completed, a Chartered Healthcare Consultant™ can provide expert advice on a broad range of health insurance related topics including state exchanges; medical loss ratios; Early Retiree Reinsurance Programs (ERRPs); Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs); Health Savings Accounts (HSAs); Cafeteria Plans; and more.

Erika has actively participated in education opportunities since entering the world of Employee Benefits in 2002.  She is a graduate of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. and served as a Board Member on the Mt. Diablo Boys and Girls Club.

About Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Heffernan Insurance Brokers, formed in 1988, is one of the largest independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States. Heffernan provides insurance and financial services products to a range of businesses and individuals. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., Heffernan has offices in San Francisco, Petaluma, Menlo Park, Los Angeles and Orange County, CA; Portland, OR; St. Louis, MO and New York, NY.

Employee-owned, Heffernan Insurance Brokers was named the Top Mid-Sized Broker in the United States to Work for in 2009 by Business Insurance Magazine. The firm has been among the Top Greater Bay Area Philanthropists since 2003, donating more than 10 percent of profits to charity in 2013.

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About The American College
The American College is the nation's largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services.  Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for over 84 years.  The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders.  For more information, visit

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