Photography: Golden & Cohen

Founded in 1992 by Stephanie Cohen (center), Scott Golden (pictured left) and Jack Cohen (right), Golden & Cohen provides health insurance benefit services to more than 1500 clients. Based in Gaithersburg, MD, the company generated $70 million in annual sales last year and has 15 employees.

In October 2008, the company hosted the DC HEALTH SUMMIT, where more than 100 business and health care leaders had a healthy discussion with politicians, health insurance company executives, physicians and hospital administrators that came together to discuss the future of health insurance.

The much-anticipated Summit drew health care experts and other business leaders interested in the future of health insurance reform to a packed ballroom at the Mandarin Hotel to hear what health insurance company executives, physicians, hospital administrators, and politicians had to say about how workplace wellness programs can lower insurance rates.

“This was a groundbreaking event,” moderator Andy Hines told the crowd. “For the first time, decision makers and players from every industry that impact the cost of health insurance gathered in one room. Fortunately, no chairs were thrown, and we had a very interesting discussion.”

That was the goal for Stephanie Cohen, CEO of the health benefits firm Golden & Cohen, who hosted the event.

“I have been in the trenches of the health care insurance industry for more than a decade, and what I see happening to my clients when they try to collect on their benefits not only disturbs me as a business owner — it infuriates me as a U.S. citizen and a mother,” Cohen says. “That is why my partners and I at Golden & Cohen decided to host the DC Health Summit. Our goal is to bring the decision makers together—politicians, health insurance company executives, physicians, academics and hospital administrators—so we can start to come up with workable solutions.”

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