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Partnering With Buursma Agency Group Health Plans

Partnering With Buursma Agency Group Health Plans

July 21, 2017

At DeLong & Brower, P. C., we constantly strive to expand our breadth of services and provide the highest level of care we can. Since 1988, we’ve grown from a small tax practice to a full service certified public accounting and financial advisory firm serving over 2,000 clients, including small to medium businesses and families. With the additional of Buursma Agency in 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight who they are.

Who is Buursma Agency Group? 

Buursma Agency Group provides employee wellness and human resources consulting along with individual and group health insurance. First founded in 1964, Buursma Agency quickly established itself as a professional resource for clients from all walks of life, be it farming, medical, business owner or retiree, for health insurance.

Over the years, Buursma Agency has been well versed with all the governmental regulations related to employee benefits, and has counseled clients on the best strategy for navigating the sometimes-difficult processes brought on by new legislation. This includes not only COBRA, HIPAA and FMLA, but has expanded significantly with the advent of the Affordable Care Act. The Buursma Agency is also a very knowledgeable resource for compliance with governmental regulation.

In addition, The Buursma Agency is a provider of employee wellness and Human Resource Support. There is a wide array of offerings from which employers can choose for just the right type of wellness program to meet the needs of their team. On the HR support side, they provide plan documents that include compliance requirements, ACA compliance, employee handbooks and regular communication to employees. 

Why We’ve Joined Forces 

While we already provide a holistic array of services, including tax and accounting, financial services, 401(k) plans, and QuickBooks consulting, our professionals are strictly tax, accounting, and financial professionals. However, we understand that many of the businesses and individuals we work with desire guidance and assistance in evaluating their health insurance and Medicare needs.

By collaborating with Buursma Agency, our clients can gain access to considerable professional resources regarding group medical insurance, individual insurance, and Medicare. And vice versa, Buursma Agency’s clients now have access to accounting, tax, and financial planning resources.

We recognize our clients are the most important asset and we want to strive to deliver our best while being a service to our community. We are proud to be partnered with such a reputable agency and helping our clients further in new areas. If you have any questions about our new collaboration or Buursma Agency’s services, contact us for a complimentary review at 616-396-0500, or use the contact information below.

Meet Buursma Agency

Kurt Buursma – Licensed Health and Life Agent

Kurt has been a licensed insurance agent since 1987.  He specializes in group benefits, including health, life, dental, short and long-term disability, vision, long term care and Medicare plans.  Working with and helping businesses grow as well as navigate the sometimes-confusing world of insurance has been a career long goal.  In addition to employer groups, he works with individuals for life, disability, Medicare plans and Long-Term Care.  Kurt has been an enrolled agent with the Marketplace, assisting individuals with seeking subsidy assistance, choosing the most appropriate plan available, and enrolling individuals and families into a health plan.  Kurt has been a lifelong resident of West Michigan.  He and his wife Molly, have four children and four grandchildren. They enjoy life on the lake and riding their scooter around for fun!
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Rachel Keur – Business Sales Coordinator 

Rachel is responsible for employee benefit plans, plan administration, and benefits coordination for small to large employers.  Rachel began her career with the Buursma Agency January 2003, and becoming a licensed Life and Health Agent in 2004. Since then, Rachel has been heavily involved with Sales and Marketing of Group Benefits, New Client Acquisition, and establishing on going Client Relationships/Retention.  Rachel’s goal of creating growth in the community through supporting small businesses in their benefits and HR functions is evident in her strong customer service ability to meet and exceed each of her client’s expectations.  She continues to pride herself on the level of knowledge and service she can bring her clients.  Rachel is hands on with each client to help them better understand COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, ADA, Health Care Reform, Wellness, as well as many other areas as an extension of their HR Department.  She is also plays a vital role in helping clients analyze their benefit costs and project the impact of their health plan changes to their overall cost structure.  Rachel, her husband Marty, and their 2 children live in Zeeland.  In her free time, Rachel is an avid Cross fitter/fitness enthusiast and enjoys reading and relaxing in the outdoors with her family and friends.
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Polly Roark – Benefits Administrative Support

Polly is responsible for assisting Kurt & Rachel with benefit changes (new enrollments, terminations, and updates) for our small and large employers.  Polly brings 40 years of administrative experience, along with an HR and office management background. She hopes that her wide experiences over the years, will translate into being a solid support to The Buursma Agency.  Polly, her husband Charlie, live in Hudsonville.  They have 7 grandchildren, which keeps them busy just attending their sporting events.  She loves to do various crafts, and can be found at many craft shows with her most current project.
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About Joel

Joel Johnson, AIF® is an Investment Advisor Representative with DeLong & Brower, P. C., a Holland, Michigan accounting, retirement consulting, insurance, and financial services firm. He specializes in providing comprehensive wealth management and retirement plan consulting for individuals, families, retirees, and business owners. Along with more than 15 years of industry experience, Joel is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and Chartered Federal Employee Benefit Consultant. To learn more, visit