Top Benefits Consultants to Outline Changes in 2015 Benefit Design for Health Plans, Large Employers

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In a March 17 webinar from Atlantic Information Services, participants will find out which benefits designs will emerge as the major new health insurance trends for 2015.

The time is now for large purchasers and health insurers to modify existing health insurance plans and develop new products for this fall’s open-enrollment period. The new plan year will bring myriad new benefits designs for sponsors to consider. “2015 Benefit Design: What Changes Are Health Plans and Large Employers Likely to Make?” the March 17 webinar from Atlantic Information Services, Inc., will discuss what the new world of 2015 benefit design strategies will look like.

During this lively panel discussion, Lockton Dunning Benefits Co.’s Erich Blumberg and Kelly King, and Todd Van Tol of Oliver Wyman, will provide 60 minutes of expert insight followed by 30 minutes devoted to individual questions. Participants will hear about these and other bottom-line issues:

  • Defined contribution: Private exchanges are ushering in a new normal for employers and insurers as more companies look to these consumer-centric marketplaces as a way to shift current and former employees to defined-contribution health benefits. How can employers and insurers make these defined-contribution platforms work?
  • Wellness: What are employers doing to get more active participation in programs designed to improve member health and at the same time reduce medical costs, notably for chronic conditions like diabetes?
  • Centers of excellence: How are employers using these centers for specific bundles of care and conditions, such as knee and hip replacement, and lower back pain?
  • Public exchanges: As the first open-enrollment period comes to a conclusion, what are the lessons learned? Are there going to be new strategies for employers to consider as health carriers prepare for a second year of these marketplaces?
  • 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?
  • Transparency: With consumers being asked to share more of the cost burden, and new public and private exchanges giving the market new transparency, how far will employers and plan issuers go in providing cost and benefit data to consumers?
  • Reference-based pricing: What does the use of such pricing mean for benefit designs now and into the future?

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About AIS
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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