Upcoming AIS Webinar to Examine Walgreen Co.’s Private Exchange Open Enrollment Challenges

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In an upcoming webinar from Atlantic Information Services, executives from Walgreen Co. and the Midwest Business Group on Health will discuss the key lessons employers are learning as they migrate to private exchanges for their health insurance and other benefits.

Private insurance exchanges can offer a wide array of attractive benefit designs for enrollees and provide plan sponsors with favorable funding and administrative options. But the open-enrollment period — especially an employer’s initial experience with this burgeoning sales channel — can present employers and enrollees with a host of unexpected challenges. To be successful, insurers and private exchange operators must understand and adjust to the needs of their customers as they move to private exchanges. On June 9, the Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) webinar, “The Challenges of Private Exchange Open Enrollment: A Case Study of Walgreen Co.,” will detail the lessons learned by employers that have gone through this process and provide practical suggestions for plans and exchange operators.

Thomas A. Sondergeld, senior director of health and well-being, human resources, at Walgreen Co., and Larry S. Boress, president and CEO of the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), will lead a 60-minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of responses to individual questions. Participants will get insider perspectives on key questions such as:

  •     What purchasing decisions did the Walgreens workforce make in terms of retaining similar coverage to previous years — buying down to less expensive benefits or buying up to a richer design?
  •     What lessons did Walgreens learn in transitioning from self-funding under their former consumer-directed plan to a fully insured arrangement with Aon Hewitt?
  •     How did the Walgreens workforce react to the plan design and enrollment changes?
  •     How is the Midwest Business Group on Health helping employers to choose between private exchanges offered by insurers and other entities through the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC)?

Visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/c4r25_060914 for more details and registration information.

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 http://www.AISHealth.com.

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