Important Updates & News
A Message from NEEBC President James Sullivan 

Principal, Mercer


Welcome to 2017! With the turn of the calendar and the inauguration of a new president, change is certainly in the air. The ACA is changing... we think, but no one really knows which parts or when. Government regulations certainly seem to be abating to some extent in many different areas. If only they could focus on those bothersome 1095C forms. From the healthcare industry side, business mergers that seemed to be moving forward have ceased -- at least for the time being. Rising pharmacy costs remain a concern, companies continue to globalize requiring many benefits professionals to understand the benefits landscape outside the United States, and innovation is exploding in the health and wellness marketplace. The only thing that doesn't seem to be changing is the Patriots dominance, and I think all of us in New England are okay with that. It's a great time to be a benefits professional!

As we move into the spring, NEEBC is embracing the change that is afoot and looking for opportunities to educate and inform our members. Our program slate for the balance of the year will cover a wide range of topics from the shifting sands of the pharmacy market to lifting the load of student loan debt. We will continue to focus on the changes associated with the proposed repeal of the Accountable Care Act and the impact on employer-sponsored healthcare with programs in both the spring and fall. We are increasing our webinar opportunities throughout the year and will highlight timely topics that will help you successfully handle a number of benefits challenges. Our signature Employee Benefits Summit & Trade Show on May 24 features nationally renowned healthcare leader Reed Tuxton, MD, who will focus on riding the winds of change and how to get there, while Bruce Sherman, MD, will explain why high-deductible health plans can increase employers' costs. It promises to be an exciting and informative day and we look forward to seeing you there.

Finally, one of our steadfast commitments to our members is the ability to network and meet peers in the industry. We all benefit by meeting and interacting with diverse benefits colleagues in the New England marketplace. To support this commitment NEEBC offers a variety of programs to allow you to meet and mingle. For our younger benefits professionals, we offer our Next Generation programming, which focuses on issues that are topical to millennials followed by a social hour. Our summer golf tournament is a great opportunity to see colleagues and develop new relationships. On August 1, we'll be Swinging for Scholarships - our annual event will now raise funds for the NEEBC Scholarship Program. We hope to see all of you there and look forward to the opportunity to help you meet other professionals in the benefits field.

Thank you again for your continued involvement with NEEBC. We look forward to seeing you at our programs throughout the year.
Riding the Winds of Change: Strategies for Success 
NEEBC's Annual Employee Benefits Summit & Trade Show 

This event provides direct access to key benefits decision makers from across New England: Space is Limited so Sign Up Today to  SPONSOR or  EXHIBIT.

Questions: Email or call 781-684-8700

In addition to the 3 Keynote Speakers pictured below, there will be four (4) afternoon sessions:
  1. Why Behavioral Health NOW by:
    Alisa Trugerman, Ph.D., North American Behavioral Health Practice Leader, Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
  2. Addressing Consumer Health Hassles Through Experience Innovation Opportunities by:
    Sukanya Soderland, Partner, Oliver Wyman
  3. Shifting the Focus: Driving Engagement Through Financial Wellness by:
    Cindy Silva, Head of Financial Wellness Strategy, Fidelity Investments
    Meghan E. Murphy, Director, Workplace Solution Thought Leadership, Fidelity Investments
  4. Measuring the Impact of a Wellness Program by:
    Christine Durkee, Vice President, Total Rewards & HRIS, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
    Dr. Zirui Song, Physician and Health Economist, Harvard Medical School & Mass General Hospital
    Debra Wein, MS, RDN, LDN, CWPD,CEO, Wellness Workdays

Keynote Speaker Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC 

Riding the Winds of Change: Where Are We Going and How Do We Get There?


Keynote Speaker Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, Medical Director, Population Health Management, RightOpt 
Wage Matters: Emerging Evidence on the Impact of High-Deductible Health Plans 

Keynote Speaker James Slotnick, JD, Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, Sun Life Financial

The Trump Effect: What the New Administration Means for Employee Benefits
The readers of the Hartford Business Journal voted Cigna co-winner for Best in Business for Health Insurance Provider Category. 

Mark Butler (center), New England President and General Manager, and the Senior New England Leadership Team accept their "Best of Business Award."

In the Hartford Business Journal's first ever Best of Business readers' poll, HBJ readers voted on the region's best businesses serving a business clientele: the ones that truly offer the best service, pay attention to the details and have customer focused employees delivering outstanding products and services, in over 60 business to business categories.

Mark Butler, Cigna's New England President and General Manager said, "Getting the news in December really helped make my holidays happy. This great recognition belongs to all of our employees who put our customers at the center of all they do every day. Thanks to everyone who helped us earn this award."  
Member Briefs - Kudos to All

NEEBC welcomes 90 New Members in the past three months. 

Abacus Health Solutions welcomes Amanda Adams, PharmD, who will be supporting Abacus programs by working with members who have complex medication regimens used to treat a variety of chronic conditions. Amanda also works in an inpatient hospital and teaches at Bryant University.

is pleased to announce an increase of 273% in Request for Proposals. As the benefits landscape changes, HSA on Demand and Claims Ally are proving to become more valuable. Please contact Tom Trautwein for more information.

Each year, KGA publishes a list of its favorite, "Top Ten Wellbeing Apps." Our wellbeing app choices help with aspects of behavioral health change, stress management or work-life balance issues. These apps are typically free, or low-cost, and run on both IOS and Android devices. KGA is reviewing apps for our 2017 list, so please contact us if you have an app to recommend.

Dave Kerrigan, Principal, Managing Director, 
has started his own health care consulting and advisory firm called Sante Nasc, LLC. Sante Nasc specializes in growth strategies for organizations serving the health care sector. He also works with TiE Boston's ScaleUp program as an advisor to their health care startups.

John Kennedy
is now the Director of Global Benefits at Aspen Technology.

Lockton was ranked #1 in 2016 for the J.D. Power ratings of Large Commercial Insurance Brokers. 

Maxis, Global Benefits Network,
won two 2017 UK Captive Services Awards for Healthcare Specialist of the Year and Best Employee Benefits Fronting Network. They launched their new global headquarters in London, as well as their new IT platform, BRIDGE. Andrew Stocker, Head of Business Development, earned a place in Captive Review's Power 50.

Pamela Sande & Associates is pleased to announce that HR Jetpack, a company specializing in providing high-quality video courses for HR professionals, is now featuring a course developed by Pamela Sande, Founder and Managing Principal. Find out more about the course, Compensation 101 Course for HR Professionals, or contact Pamela directly.

Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group is celebrating 30 years in business. Please save the date for their 17th Annual Educational Exchange on June 14th. Sentinel received 13 "Best in Class" awards in PLANSPONSOR's 2016 DC Survey, and was awarded the 2016 Best-in-Retirement Business IMPACT Award by Charles Schwab.

Sullivan Benefits was recently awarded the Worcester Business Journal's 2017 Best of Business Employee Benefits Consultant. Employee promotions include Jennifer Glowik, Manager of Client Services, and Doug Goodhile, Manager of Marketing & Sales

David Guadagnoli, a partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, was named in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in Tax Law and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.  Amy Sheridan was appointed to the Women's Network Advisory Board, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, as well as recognized with David Guadagnoli by Legal 500 2016 in Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation. The firm welcomes Susan VanVollenhoven as Director of Human Resources & Operations, Boston.

Debra Wein, CEO of Wellness Workdays is hosting the company's 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Wellness Conference. The April 5-6 conference brings together some of the greatest minds in the wellness industry to share their vision and insights about what's best and what's next in wellness. The impressive list of speakers includes individuals from BJ's Wholesale Club, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Constant Contact, EBS, Harvard Medical School, Johnson & Wales University, Optum and Tufts Health Plan.

Yozell Associates' President, Marijane Norris Geary, participated in the T1D Exchange Annual Meeting and was a guest panelist. The Edinburg Center recognized both Amy Johnson and Kate Reese with "Shining Stars" Community Awards.
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