Fall Issue | November 2017
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A Message From Patty Houpt
Executive Director of NEEBC
Change is in the air... Fall has arrived in New England. It remains to be seen what changes may still happen to the ACA. NEEBC has introduced a number of changes as well!

In response to member requests, we've streamlined our communications. 

We recently upgraded our membership/website software. As with most upgrades, there were a few bumps along the way, but there are many more enhancements!

Our new website went live on October 24th! We hope you noticed the new look and feel of the website, including the home page, registration forms, calendar pages, renewal notices, etc. The new software provides you a more user friendly and streamlined experience as well.

On November 13th, we introduced the Monday Digest email which also has an improved look and feel. Each Monday Digest email will summarize upcoming events and replace individual "reminder" and "last chance" emails for each event. It will not replace the initial email announcing a new event. The other exceptions include:

• Special emails about our 4 major annual events: 

  1. Health Insurance Market Outlook
  2. Employee Benefits Summit and Trade Show
  3. Washington Update
  4. Best Practices Conference

• Renewal Notices, Reminders, Registration Confirmation Emails.

• NEEBC Newsletter via Constant Contact (3 times per year).

Finally, most renewal invoices are now automated; we've added a searchable member directory (once logged in, NEEBC members can search the member directory by company name, geography, proximity, titles, etc.); and more improvements are planned!

One final change I'd like to mention. Our annual corporate partners are growing! I am pleased to welcome our new 2018 Silver Annual Corporate Partner Merck, a premier, research-intensive biopharmaceutical company.

Please continue to follow us on social media and share our events with your professional colleagues. NEEBC is recognized as a national leader in the Employee Benefits field -- and we are right here in your backyard!

Enjoy and have a happy and healthy holiday season!

All the best,

Patty Houpt
Executive Director
Swinging for Scholarships!
Our Swinging for Scholarships fundraiser in August was a great success. The event raised $13,160! These funds will provide scholarships to both full-time and part-time students who are aspiring benefits professionals. 

Thank you to all who contributed, either through raffle items, participation, and/or donations.

And, thank you t o our golf event sponsors:

British Open Donors:
Neighborhood Health Plan

Masters Donors:
Strategic Benefit Advisors

US Open Donors:
Mintz Levin
Sentinel Benefits
Wagner Law Group

Private Donations:
Gerald Evans
LukeJackson Benefit Solutions - Deirdre Mathieu
MMA Executive Compensation & Benefits

Closest to the Pin Donors:
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Tufts Health Plan

Tee Donors:
KGA, Inc.
Securian Financial Group
Sullivan Benefits
Torchlight VSP – Vision Care

Auction Donors:
Benefit Resource, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
F.W. Webb
John Kennedy
Karen Shine and Frank Duncan
Nahant Golf Club - Tracy Crowell
New Balance
Spirit Cruises
The PFE Group
Enjoy this video of highlights of the day!
We hope you will become part of this invaluable legacy and donate to the NEEBC Scholarship Fund today!
Best Practices Conference - December 7, 2017
Don't miss NEEBC's 19th Annual Best Practices Conference, featuring dynamic keynote speakers and the Best Practices Award Winners who will discuss their innovative and creative benefit programs. We will also present a new category of awards to Emerging Benefit Winners and recognize new benefit professionals who have demonstrated exceptional promise, dedication and accomplishment with our Rising Star Awards.

Announcing Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker Ryan Millar
This three-time USA Olympic Men’s Volleyball player and 2008 Gold Medalist will motivate you! Hear Ryan speak about "Creating a Culture of Accountability – Bring Out the BEST in Your Organization." 

A special thank you to Neighborhood Health Plan for sponsoring Ryan Millar's keynote.

Announcing Closing Ceremony Keynote Speaker Brian Klepper, PhD
This CEO, commentator for many major news outlets and author of articles for many well-known publications will inspire you! Learn from Brian about “Innovative Health Care Programs that Achieve Better Health Outcomes and Lower Costs."
NEW LOCATION: Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel!
Ryan Millar
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist
Senior Partner, Partners in Leadership
Brian Klepper, PhD
CEO, Worksite Health Advisors
Limited Sponsorship Opportunities for the Best Practices Conference are still available.
Don't Miss Out!
A warm thank you to our 2017 Best Practices Sponsors for their valuable support:

Silver Sponsors
KGA, Inc.
Marsh and McLennan Agency LLC
Strategic Benefit Advisors
The Segal Group
Willis Towers Watson
Lanyard Sponsor
Securian Financial Group, Inc.
Table Sponsors
Advance Medical
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Benefit Resource, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Livongo Health
Neighborhood Health Plan
Quest Diagnostics
Spitfire Communications
Tufts Health Plan
Validation Institute
Wellness Workdays
Luncheon Sponsor
Harvard Pilgrim
Networking & Cocktail Reception Sponsor
  Member Briefs  - Congratulations to All!


Dana Budka has moved to iRobot as the Global Benefits Manager.

Todd Granger has been promoted to Willis Towers Watson's Northeast Region Middle Market Leader, Health & Benefits.

Kathy Greer, Founder and Chair man of KGA, Inc., has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) at Babson College. PAC will question, guide and inform both administration and governance about proposed projects, initiatives and strategies.

Jennifer Mott has been appointed Chief Operations Officer of Cigna New England.
Coming Soon:
Member Spotlight
Please send us the name, title and brief description of an accomplishment for an employee you'd like to spotlight in our future communications.
Jennifer Mott
COO, Cigna New England
Member Company News

Kathy Greer and Alison Magee, of KGA, Inc., recently presented " Family Caregiving: How Employers Can Support Caregivers” to Working on Wellness, a collaboration between the Department of Public Health, Health Resources in Action, and Advancing Wellness.

The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) has named Marsh & McLennan Agency to its first-ever list of top defined contribution (DC) Advisor Firms.

Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) added to their strong and growing network of providers, with over 750 primary care physicians and hundreds of new physicians and specialists added this year alone. 
The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation awarded Sentinel Benefits the 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Award for Advisory Firms at their "Invest in Others Awards Gala" in New York City on September 28th. The awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding charitable initiatives and corporate philanthropy. Sam Mitchell, CEO of Sentinel Benefits, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
Sullivan & Worcester’s Benefits Practice Group, including Board member David Guadagnoli and Amy Sheridan, has again been ranked by The Legal 500 2017, Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America 2018®.  The Best Lawyers in America 2018® has also announced that the Employee Benefits (ERISA Law) practice is receiving a national ranking.
Torchlight is thrilled to have hit the 1MM covered employees milestone with its caregiver solution.  Its personalized and guided caregiver platform is now helping employee families in 65 clients better care for their children and elderly loved ones, as well as themselves.
Program News & Quick Links
Registration is open for December programs:

Save The Date!

February 8, 2018: Health Insurance Market Outlook

May 24, 2018: Annual Employee Benefits Summit & Trade Show

View NEEBC's  Home Page  or  Events Calendar  to see all the Upcoming Programs. 

Benefits Resource Directory  - Looking for new providers? Check out this great NEEBC resource.
Career Center -  New England's best Benefits Job Posting Service - all the resources job seekers and employers need with one click. 

NEEBC offers a variety of  Membership Opportunities  to meet the needs of a diverse community of benefit professionals. We're currently offering a special fall deal -- become a member for 2018 and get the remainder of 2017 for FREE!
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