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Scouting Report: Limelight Health coming to Des Moines

Limelight Health, an insurtech software company based out of San Francisco, is coming to Des Moines.

Limelight Health delivers a technology platform and solution for health insurance and employee benefits professionals. Its platform connects and integrates data with other beneficial technologies like payroll, CRM, benefits administration, and compliance tools.

Its product, QuotePad, is a quote engine that provides quoting, integration, and census data collection solutions for everyone in the employee benefits space. 

“When we started looking at the location, we noticed a high density of people in the Des Moines workforce who are heavily involved in insurance,” said Young Han, Director of Operation at Limelight Health. And that’s exactly the type of people we’re looking for to help us bridge the gap between technology and insurance.”

Limelight Health hopes to hire around ten people for their Des Moines location over the next six to nine months and say that might actually scale all the way up to twenty positions.

To learn more about the positions or to apply, check out the Clay & Milk job board.

“The biggest reason for moving to Des Moines is that it’s the insurance capital of America,” said Han. “We also have clients in Des Moines and many of our customers that we’re hoping to attract are located in Des Moines.” 

To celebrate their expansion, Limelight Health is having a mixer to get to know the community better and share more about what they do. If you’re looking to join their team or learn more about the company, they will be at Gravitate in downtown Des Moines this Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30.


Scouting Report: Limelight Health coming to Des Moines | Clay & Milk
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