Top Benefits Consultants to Analyze Emerging Plan Design Trends in April 23 Webinar

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Learn what 2014 benefit design strategies plan sponsors will offer this fall in the latest webinar from Atlantic Information Services.

A wide range of interesting new plan designs are under development for 2014. Two top benefits consultants who know which new designs will be rolled out in the fall will analyze emerging major new health insurance trends in “2014 Benefit Design: What Changes Are Health Plans and Large Employers Likely to Make?” an upcoming webinar sponsored by Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS).

Large purchasers and health insurers are now modifying existing health insurance offerings and designing new ones in time for this fall’s open enrollment. While increased cost sharing will remain a popular option for many, some employers are aggressively adopting new strategies, including narrower networks, private exchanges, value-based designs and defined contribution. They also are looking ahead to determine how products offered on state-based or federally facilitated exchanges next year will affect their take-up rates and overall costs.

In this April 23 webinar, Erich Blumberg, vice president and actuary at Lockton Dunning Benefits Co., and Todd Van Tol, a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Chicago office, will provide authoritative answers to these and other big dollar questions:

  • Defined contribution: How can employers and insurers avoid pitfalls in adopting defined-contribution platforms, particularly as they bring in retiree populations?
  • Pay or play: How will employers decide whether to provide benefits covering at least 60% of medical costs or pay a penalty?
  • Private exchanges: What lessons can be learned from the pioneers that already offer benefits through private exchanges?
  • Public exchanges: How will the rules governing state-based exchanges affect large employers’ planning for their own populations?
  • Cost sharing: What yardsticks will employers use to determine when additional increases in deductibles and copayments will alienate their workforces?
  • Ancillary benefits: As core health insurance products are more highly regulated, health insurers and brokers are investing in ancillary benefits such as dental and vision. Which ancillary benefits make the most sense for employers to offer?
  • Account-based health plans: More than half of employers now offer this option, but how effective is it in reducing coverage costs?

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Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at

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