5th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress Comes to a Close
LAS VEGAS, NV – The 5th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHCB) successful conclusion. The event took place in Las Vegas Nevada, at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip. Running November 3 – 6, the conference was a gathering of insurance agents, brokers, consultants, employer and insurance carrier to discuss the latest trends in the industry, and network together and expand their businesses. The event was attended by over 2,000 insurance professionals, and was integrated with the 6th Annual World Medical Tourism Congress.
Highlights of the event included keynote presentations from Phyllis Borzi, Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor and Christen Linke Young, Director of Coverage Policy, Office of Healthcare Reform, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services who spoke about the role both of their organizations play in developing the regulations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Alan Tawshunsky, Special Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department also delivered an educational session discussing some of the provisions of PPACA from the IRS perspective. Bestselling author of the books Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer and Change Anything, and co-founder of VitalSmarts, Joseph Grenny spoke about his influencer model in behavior change.
The exhibit hall was packed with 160 exhibitors from around the employee benefits industry. The packed hall was home to live entertainment and networking meetings. Also inside the exhibit hall were short educational sessions from leader in the industry. These “Ask the Expert” sessions ranged from topic such as corporate wellness programs, healthcare reform and voluntary benefits.
During the event, various industry leaders were invited to private sessions where they discussed developments in the industry. One such event was the Healthy Foods in the Workplace Round Table, where employers and corporate wellness professionals gathered to discuss their own health foods initiatives and how these programs can be expanded into the future. Another of these discussions gave employers the chance to sit down with Mr. Tawshunsky and Ms. Linke-Young and ask questions about their programs and what they can do to comply with PPACA.
Aside from the keynotes and exhibit hall, attendees had the opportunity to become certified in one of five designations being offered at the event. These designations were Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® (CHRS), Certified Healthcare Reform Professional® (CHRP), Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® (CCWS), Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist (CVBS) and Self Insurance Certified Specialist (SICS). By undergoing these certifications, attendees were able to learn the most recent trends in these fields, and ask questions to the leaders of these industries.
Following the final day of sessions, the last day of the conference say a three industry summits, where professionals in these specific sectors could gather and discuss the future. The BenTech summit allowed members of the benefits technology community to discuss where the industry has been, and where it will go. The Employer HR summit was an assembly for Human Resource professionals to learn the trends in a smaller setting then the rest of the conference. The Broker Summit participants spoke about the latest insurance offerings, and how to conduct business in the post-PPACA environment. The HR and Broker summits met at the end of the day in a single session to discuss how these groups can work together more efficiently in the future.
The 5th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress was a great success full of networking opportunities, education, and fun in the entertainment capital of the world. Next year’s event will continue this trend of excellence in our Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. September 20-24, 2014.
For more information on exhibition, speaking, or to register for next year’s event visit: http://www.employerhealthcarecongress.com/
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