Important Updates & News
A Message from Patty Houpt 

Executive Director, NEEBC

 
In my role as Executive Director, I am often asked, "Is there a 'NEEBC' in another region of the country?" These are members who have had a great experience with NEEBC here in the northeast, and may be relocating. Or, it may be on behalf of a marketing or salesperson looking to tap into the local employee benefits market elsewhere.
We are always flattered by the question. What NEEBC does is unique. We are not a local affiliate of a national benefits organization. And, while we offer SHRM credits and sponsor World at Work programs, we are an independent, locally-grown organization. Founded in 1980 in response the passage of ERISA, NEEBC has grown from a small group of senior legal, consulting and benefits professionals to a membership of over 1,200 individuals. More than 2,000 people attend our face-to-face programs each year. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and we have awarded over $170,000 in benefit scholarships since 1990.
While many of us are now able to access benefits information at our fingertips on the web, or log into many free webinars offered on a wide array of topics, we feel the face-to-face encounters we provide are irreplaceable. Does it take extra effort to attend a program? Absolutely. But the content, networking and personal interactions we provide cannot be attained in the virtual world!
On more than one occasion, I have had high level speakers tell me that the NEEBC programs and conferences are either on par with, or exceed, what they experience at national events. With over 100 different speakers at our programs annually, we draw from immense talent in our own back yard!
Our upcoming Best Practices Conference on December 8th showcases the breadth and depth of this experience. Please join us to hear about local and national benefit innovations. Congratulate yourself for making it through open enrollment, and take some time at the conference to reconnect face-to- face with your all-important professional network. We should all be proud of the role NEEBC plays in the benefits community, and our combined efforts will ensure NEEBC continues to be on the leading edge of thought leadership and premier educational forums for many years to come.
The August 2 Golf Outing at Framingham Country Club was a huge success! View our photo gallery from the day.   
 

We extend special thanks to all of our Golf Outing Sponsors:
  • Platinum Annual Corporate Partners
       Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
       Neighborhood Health Plan
       UnitedHealthcare
  • Luncheon Sponsor
       Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Closest to the Pin Sponsors
       Healthways
       Parker Brown Macaulay & Sheerin, P.C.
       Tufts Health Plan
  • Tee Sponsors
       Avidia Bank HSA
       Benefit Strategies, LLC
       LukeJackson Benefit Solutions
       Securian Financial Group
       Tufts Health Plan
       Torchlight.care
Kudos to our Best Practices Award Winners!
Join Us at the Conference on Thursday, Dec. 8 to Learn About:
 
Iron Mountain's multi-faceted approach to the prevention, early identification and management of pre-diabetic and diabetic health plan participants.
 
John Hancock's implementation of a new, multi-faceted communication approach that markedly increased enrollment in voluntary benefits.
 
Neighborhood Health Plan's employee-driven approach to engaging staff, driving key results, transforming processes, and the way in which employees work together.
 
The Group Insurance Commission's implementation of a complex prescription drug program that resulted in minimal disruption to over 70,000 subscribers and significant savings.
 
HealthTrust's
approach to inspire its members to shop for cost-effective care despite generous insurance benefits, which generally insulate members from the real costs of health care.

Thursday, December 8 at the Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA

Questions: Email Kerry@neebc.org or call 781-684-8700

Keynote Speaker Dr. John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor of Practice, Dept. of Health Policy & Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

The Post-Election Landscape and Impact on Healthcare

Dr. McDonough will draw on his experience and provide insight regarding how the results of the November 8th elections will influence and shape the nation's healthcare system going forward.
Lindsay A. Martin, MSPH, Executive Director of Innovation and Improvement Advisor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
 
Changing the Status Quo: The Role of Employers in Health and Health Care
 
Ms. Martin will provide an overview of Intel's Healthcare Marketplace Collaborative which reduced the direct costs for treating certain medical conditions by 24 to 49 percent.
 
Panel Moderator Jessica Bartlett, Health Care Reporter, Boston Business Journal

Panel Discussion
Changing the Status Quo: The Role of Employers in Health and Health Care

Panelists:
  • Jean-Francois Beaule, Executive Vice President, Health Plan Design & Innovation, UnitedHealth Group
  • Dr. Karen DaSilva, Vice President of Innovation, Atrius Health
  • Jason Sibley, Principal, Flare Capital
Member Briefs - Congratulations to All

NEEBC welcomes 48 New Members in the past four months. 

Lenna Bablouzian has been promoted to Practice Leader, Population Health and Wellbeing at Boston Benefit Partners, LLC.

Amy Johnson
has been promoted to Vice President of Client Services at Yozell Associates.

Frank Kosiba, Senior Consultant at Businessolver,
is launching a new Voluntary Benefit Integration for Student Loan Repayments

Kevin Landers
has been promoted to Consultant at Boston Benefit Partners, LLC. 

LeanBox
is pleased to announce the following new employees:   Business Development Managers Doug Caplan and Aly Rheault; Anthony Cambece, Inside Sales Manager; Senior .NET Software Engineer Rudny Gacin; and Karlan Eberhardt, Senior .NET Developer.

Paul Litterer, Caregiving Advisor at torchlight.care is pleased to share this Boston Globe article about torchlight's portal which helps parents care for children, and vice versa.

Christian A. Putnam
has a new position as Client Relationship Executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. 

Pamela Sande & Associates has expanded HR Services to the Cape & Islands, Plymouth, South Shore, and Metro South Markets. 

Sapers & Wallack and Maxwell Health present the Innovative Benefits Platform webinar on November 15th at 9:30 am EST. Sapers & Wallack won the prestigious Family Business of the Year Award.

Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group names Samuel Mitchell as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Verrill Dana, LLP is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys were honored as Best Lawyers, including eight named as Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers 2017.

Debra Wein, CEO of Wellness Workdays, will moderate the panel "Nutrition in the 21st Century: Making it Practical" at the American Cancer Society's November 10 luncheon, Women Leading the Way to Wellness. In January, Debra will present "Measuring the Impact of a Wellness Program on a Diverse and Dispersed Employee Population" at the 26th Annual Health Benefits Conference and Expo (HBCE).

Elizabeth Zelie, Consultant, has joined Liberty Mutual.
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