A family-owned and operated health insurance agency serving Wisconsin and Minnesota
Meet Ulness Health
Ulness Health Insurance Agents is a family-owned health insurance agency with offices in Appleton, Wisconsin and Edina, Minnesota. Our team has helped thousands of our neighbors choose the best insurance plans to best fit their needs. Meet our team below, then let us know how we can help you!
“I take great pride in helping people understand their individual health and Medicare health plan options based on their needs, because I believe that true health insurance reform will happen when people have information they can understand and use.”
John Ulness started Ulness Health Insurance Agents (then known as Benefit Options 123), in 2000. John has seen many changes in the health insurance industry, from the creation of Medicare prescription drug plans and the Medicare Advantage program, to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and has become an expert in all aspects. John served a two-year term as chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters where he worked with attorneys and industry consultants to shape the future of health insurance laws in Wisconsin. John is a 1977 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He believes consumers will ultimately reform our health care insurance system by insisting on a model that rewards health, not illness.
“Health insurance can be complicated. I tell people, “I used to teach 1st grade so I’m going to start at that level. You tell me if I am going too slow.” No one has ever stopped me. Making things understandable is what we do.”
In 2007, Pam joined her husband in the business. As an insurance agent, she uses her skills as a former teacher to educate clients about the complicated business of health insurance. Pam is an expert in Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, and individual & family health insurance plans. Pam is a 1977 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Pam retired in 2023 and now spends most of her free time golfing, volunteering and going for walks with her beloved golden retriever, Jordy.
“I never imagined I’d be helping people with their health insurance choices, but now that I am I can’t picture doing anything else. I love all the people that I get to meet!”
Marit Ulness, daughter of John and Pam, joined the family business in 2010. Since then, Marit has blossomed into a great insurance agent. Marit’s outgoing personality and positive attitude make her well-suited for an industry that can be frustrating and complicating for clients. Marit is an expert in Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, and individual & family health insurance plans. She is especially adept at navigating HealthCare.Gov’s “Obamacare” website. Marit is a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She is the mother to three wonderful young boys: Owen, Jens, and West.
“Working for our small family business is so rewarding. It’s always a challenge to navigate our quickly-changing industry and stay on top of everything that needs to be done to keep our agency going, but the best part is always helping clients.”
Erik Ulness, John and Pam’s oldest son, joined Ulness Health in 2014 as a broker and agency manager. He is also the founding broker of the Minnesota office. Erik performs many of the business administrative duties for the agency including agent contracting, agency acquisitions, and financial reporting. Erik is a 2004 graduate of Luther College and a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He and his wife, Annie, spend their free time hiking, traveling and adventuring with their young son, Arne.
“As a two-time cancer survivor, I like to share my passion for what health insurance has meant to me and my family. The most important aspect of my job is getting to know my clients, so I can provide the best recommendation using my own personal and professional experience.”
Don Bachaus joined Ulness Health in 2023 after many years experience working as an agent in Affordable Care Act sales for Blue Cross Blue Shield and in Medicare sales for UnitedHealthcare. Previously, Don worked as a real estate and golf course developer locally, nationally and internationally. He has a very supportive and adventurous wife, Michelle, and two wonderful, well-accomplished children. Don’s hobbies include watching all Wisconsin sports teams, golfing, traveling and spending time with the family including their two dogs.
“As a dedicated and experienced teacher, I’ve spent over 15 years helping others learn and grow. Now, I’m applying that same passion to help others find the perfect fit for their health insurance needs. Your well-being is my priority, and I’m here to guide you through the complexities of healthcare coverage. I know from personal experience that we all need a strong support system and I take pride in helping others and being part of their trusted healthcare team. ”
James Boland joined Ulness Health in 2023 as an independent agent in southeast Wisconsin. James is a 2003 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in English and holds a master’s certificate in education. He is also a licensed financial advisor. James enjoys improv comedy and playing board games. He and his wife, Claire, enjoy cooking together and spending time with their three wonderful daughters: Leona, Zinnia, and Ruby.
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