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John Garven

John Garven

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john.garven@benico.com 847-669-4800

John Garven, president and founder of Benico, Ltd.

John Garven, president and founder of Benico, Ltd., an employee benefit brokerage and consulting firm based in the Chicago area, is a graduate of Trinity International University in Bannockburn, Illinois.

Garven began his career in 1977 as an agent for AXA Equitable, and in 1981, he founded Benico, Ltd. after working for two years for Great-West Healthcare as a group insurance sales representative.

He previously served as president of the Illinois State Association of Health Underwriters, a state affiliate of the National Association of Health Underwriters, a national trade organization representing agents, brokers, and consultants who are professionally engaged in the distribution of private health insurance and related products and services. 

Since 2005, Garven has been associated with The Heartland Institute as a policy advisor covering health care issues.

John and his wife, Pam, are both lifelong Chicago-area residents. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Recent Articles and Publications

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May 4, 2017
By Peter Ferrara, Michael Hamilton, Jeff Stier, John Garven, Hal Scherz, Elizabeth B. Stelle, Brian R. Forrest, M.D., Twila Brase, Roger Stark, M.D.
"Truly patient-centered, free-market reform would cease from steering tax dollars toward insurers and rewarding individuals with tax credits for buying overpriced insurance plans." - Michael Hamilton
June 6, 2013
By David L. Applegate, Steve Stanek, Ronald D. Rotunda, S.T. Karnick, Yuri Maltsev, Tibor R. Machan, Hilary Till, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Seton Motley, Steven Titch, Clifford Thies, John Garven
The Guardian newspaper in London Wednesday night reported that the National Security Agency has long collected phone records from some 100 million Verizon customers in the United States.

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