“At the WPS Companies, our mission is to help people protect the things that are most important to them: their health, financial security, and peace of mind. We believe that a company can only do these things effectively when it is totally and unequivocally focused on doing what’s right.”
– Michael F. Hamerlik, President and Chief Executive Officer
These words from WPS President and CEO Mike Hamerlik open the 2013 WPS Corporate Citizenship Report. This report explains the many and varied ways in which WPS promotes an ethical workplace culture, fair labor practices, community support, environmental stewardship, and more.
Companies, like people, are governed by a set of principles, values, and an ethical code. WPS has chosen, as a company, to pursue honesty, integrity, and plain old hard work to win customers and provide rewarding careers for its employees. These are just some of the reasons why, for the fifth year in a row, WPS was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. WPS is also a not-for-profit company, so the decisions made by its executives and its Board of Directors are not impacted by Wall Street or any special interests. Every decision is made in the best interests of our customers.
Does that make WPS perfect? No, but we strive every day to improve the experience for our members and to educate them and the general public about how health insurance works. That’s one of the reasons we started this blog.
With a better understanding of how health care and health insurance work, you’ll have a better understanding of how you can obtain a pre-authorization for a service, get the right referral, and get procedures that are medically necessary.
When you have health issues, it’s important to talk to your doctor, but it’s also important to talk with your health insurer so that you know more about your options. The more you know, the easier it is to navigate the complexities of health care. If you ever have questions about your WPS health plan, call Member Services at 1-888-915-4001 or email [email protected].