07 - 08 October, 2014

Companies of all sizes are moving to private exchanges as they offer benefits and cost-savings for both the employer and employee. Attend The Conference Board’s Private Health Exchanges to understand how private exchanges work and learn from leading organizations how to move your organization to a private exchange. 

Topics include:

  • Understanding Exchanges
  • How to Determine if an Active Exchange is Right for your Organization 
  • Key Organizational Drivers for Exchange 
  • How to Use a Private Exchange to Tap Public Markets
  • How C-Suite Expectations have Changed Since the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act 
  • The Role of Voluntary Benefits in an Exchange Environment
  • Preparing Your People for a Successful Exchange Transition: Education and Communication 
  • Employee Engagement: What Techniques Will Help Your Organization Ensure Employees Maximize the Opportunities an Exchange Provides
  • Enabling Technology to Facilitate the Participant Experience Potential Regulatory, Legislative and Judicial Changes
  • Overseeing Your Company’s Relationship with an Exchange Provider 

Day One
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 

Session A: 9-9:50 am
Understanding Exchanges

  • A look at the exchange landscape for all populations
  • Drivers (by population)
  • How exchange needs differ by population

Gunjan Khanna
McKinsey & Company 

Session B: 10-10:50 am
Potential Regulatory, Legislative and Judicial Changes

During this session, you’ll learn how the landscape is expected to continue to change as regulations, guidance and rules evolve. 

Katy Spangler
Senior Vice President - Health Policy
American Benefits Council 

Break: 10:50–11:10 am

Session C: 11:10 am-12 pm
Private Health Insurance Exchanges for Active Employees

The shift to private health insurance exchanges is happening, and 2016 will likely see an even more significant shift than 2015.  In this session, we’ll examine the benefits to an employer of moving full-time employees to a private health exchange and present recent data on the factors driving employers’ actions.  A leader from Convergys Corporation, an early adopter, will share reasons for the company’s 2014 transition, as well as their experience and results to date.

Dennis Hicks
Vice President, Compensation and Benefits
Convergys Corporation 

Lunch: 12-1 pm

Session D: 1-1:50 pm
C-Suite Expectations in Light of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Exchanges introduce an opportunity for health benefit cost certainty, and CEOs and CFOs are taking notice.  Hear how others have successfully approached the C-suite, and gather tips for building a business case for change.

Kathleen Federico
Chief Human Resource Officer

Session E: 2-2:50 pm
Key Organizational Drivers for Exchange Success
To be announced

Michael Buskey
Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Dalana Brand
Senior Director, Global Benefits
Whirlpool Corporation 

Break: 2:50-3:10 pm

Session F: 3:10-4 pm
Preparing Your People for a Successful Exchange Transition: Education and Communication

Exchanges bring more choice to your employees and retirees, which means they need to evaluate more options.  Early communication and thorough education are critical.  Equally important is to prepare the organization for the exchange transition, articulate the value proposition, and provide context and support for key stakeholders.  Two employers will share their strategies for managing the change and communicating with and educating their employee and retiree populations during their recent adoption of a health care exchange.

Teri Herzog
Director of Global Benefits
Northrop Grumman

Pamela Sande
Vice President, Total Rewards

Session G: 4:10-5:20 pm
Using a Private Exchange to Tap Public Markets

Many employers serve as trusted advisors to employees who could benefit from enrolling in subsidized plans available via public exchanges.  With public exchanges’ rocky start, private exchanges have entered the market, offering concierge services to transitioning workforce groups.  In this session, get a state-of-the-marketplace overview, and hear about the long-term prospects of employees and retirees sourcing coverage in the newly reformed individual market.

Phil Belcher
Health and Welfare Manager
Eastman Chemical

John Barkett
Director of Policy Affairs
Towers Watson 

Day Two
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 

Session H: 8:30-9.20 am
Employee Engagement: What Techniques Will Help Your Organization Ensure Employees Maximize the Opportunities an Exchange Provides  

Session I: 9:30-10:20 am
The Role of Voluntary Benefits in an Exchange Environment

Embracing the private exchange model for employer-sponsored benefits is about more than using defined contribution and technology to help employees choose their benefits.  It’s also about understanding that a portfolio of varied benefit products offers superior protection against financial risk at a lower cost than simply relying on medical, dental and other traditional benefits.  In this presentation, you’ll learn:

  • How allowing employees to choose voluntary benefits plays an essential role in mitigating individuals’ financial risk
  • How to “stock the shelves” of a private exchange with a full range of products that meet employees’ needs
  • How to help employees understand the value of their employer-provided voluntary benefits

Ashok Subramanian
Chief Executive Officer

Break: 10:20-10:40 am 

Session J: 10:40-11:30 am
Enabling Technology to Facilitate the Participant Experience

Technology can make or break a participant’s experience with a private exchange.  In this session, experts in private exchange innovation and usability engineers will demonstrate how phone and web technology are essential to an engaging experience and confident decision making.

Alan Cohen
Chief Strategy Officer
Towers Watson

Jeff Robbins
Director of Innovations
Towers Watson

John Whitlock
Director of User Experience
Towers Watson 

Session K: 11:40 am-12:30 pm
Health Care Exchanges: Key Success Factors to Engage and Manage a Provider

The Exchange model offers significant potential opportunities but also poses some management challenges.  Along with addressing communications and administrative requirements, organizations need a change management plan to address factors such as internal staff competencies, governance processes and service level management.  This session will examine key success factors to engaging and managing a provider under the Exchange model. 

Don Biron
Information Services Group

Debora Card
Information Services Group

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact one of the following:

For SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES, please contact gregg.mauro@conference-board.org.
For SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, please contact michael.felden@conference-board.org

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