Bernard Health is a Nashville, Tennessee-based holding company operating four subsidiaries focused on solving the healthcare, benefits and HR challenges faced by employers and individuals.Join our team
Bernard Health History
Alex Tolbert started Bernard Health as a benefits brokerage during his studies at Vanderbilt University after learning about the healthcare industry’s misaligned incentives. The company was founded in 2006 with the idea of using Health Savings Accounts to better align the industry and help consumers. Nine months later, Alex’s brother Brian joined the team, and things really got going.
Since then, our team has worked hard to grow the company and its value proposition.
In 2008, witnessing firsthand the transactional challenges small and mid-sized businesses faced when it comes to administering benefits and HR, Bernard Health launched BerniePortal — an all-in-one HRIS distributed through a national network of brokers. In 2019, the company launched a second software product, BernieForms, which streamlines the health form process required for self-funding group benefits plans.
To provide services and solutions for the full scope of benefits and HR challenges faced by business owners, we launched a third-party administrator in 2019 to provide technology-enhanced, simplified COBRA Administration for today’s modern businesses.
Our brokerage arm, Bernard Benefits helps employers in Nashville, Austin, and Indianapolis make the best choice when it comes to healthcare and benefits. Our advisors are experts in a range of funding strategies and provide a technology-based benefits experience.
Seeing a significant need to help consumers navigate the complexities of health insurance, we developed a decade of expertise advising consumers on individual health insurance, now accessible via provider and financial advisor partners through Bernard Healthcare Financial Planning.