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a quarterly newsletter for members of the New England Employee Benefits Council

Fall 2011
In This Issue
President's Message
Best Practices 2011
Benefits in Brief
Golf Outing Recap
Benefits Resources
Best Practices Conference Sponsors
Upcoming Programs


November 2

"Massachusetts Health Care Reform 2.0: Cost Control"



December 8

"Annual Best Practices Conference"


 Sponsorship Information



Non-NEEBC program of interest: 

November 4 

Encore Career Summit

Joe Mongelli
Joe Mongelli

President's Message 
Joe Mongelli, Covidien


Fall is a busy time of year for benefits practitioners, with open enrollment underway for many of us and planning for next year's projects already vying for our attention. This will also be an unusually busy season at NEEBC with several initiatives coming to fruition during the coming weeks.


New Website and Capabilities

You will soon receive information regarding our new website powered by, a leading provider of internet and membership management solutions for non-profit organizations. We'll begin with a soft launch of the new web site next month and become fully operational early next year. The new platform will transform the way NEEBC delivers services and provide new means for members to connect, network and collaborate. It will also feature an enhanced job board and a NEEBC store! I encourage you to watch for the communications and to give the new site a try. We are very excited about this upgrade and hope you will be, too.



In conjunction with the launch of the new website, we will be rolling out a new logo with a cleaner, more modern look. The logo will incorporate the acronym "NEEBC," by which the organization has become more commonly known.


Gold Card Membership Pilot

Our new web platform has inspired a burst of creative thinking and energy, enabling us to envision more flexible and responsive ways of delivering NEEBC's services and enhancing value to members. One example of this is a new organizational membership opportunity which will be piloted during 2012. The new Gold Card Organization Membership will be available to a maximum of ten Plan Sponsors/Purchasers. For one comprehensive fee, the Gold Card organizational member gets unlimited attendance to almost all NEEBC programs, plus preferred pricing on NEEBC resources. The pilot will enable us to gauge interest in this membership model and provide participating organizations the opportunity for extensive employee attendance at NEEBC programs without incurring unbudgeted expenses. Detailed information has been sent to Organization Member key contacts.


I look forward to seeing many of you at the December 8 Best Practices Conference (see item below) which has become a holiday tradition for many in the New England benefits community. A final note: for those of you already looking ahead to spring, save the date of Wednesday, June 6, 2012 for NEEBC's Annual Benefits Fair and Trade Show.


Best regards,


Joe Mongelli


December 8: "New England's Best Benefits Practices of 2011"



* City Year's innovative benefits program designed to address the needs of two distinct employee populations
* Eastern Bank's "Birthday as Paid Time Off" program used as an incentive to encourage employee engagement in wellness activities
* The Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission's new approach to state employee health insurance, which led to cost savings for both state workers and the Commonwealth
* Ocean Spray's "Moms at Work" initiative, a comprehensive program which has proven to be a success with both managers and employees
* Staples' use of casual gaming to engage associates with important financial topics such as savings, retirement planning, and health care budgeting
* Vicor Corporation's retirement plan redesign which led to improved ADP/ACP testing and fiduciary oversight, while increasing plan participation and savings rates


Brian McGrory

Boston Globe Columnist Brian McGrory





* Brian McGrory, Columnist, Boston Globe


PANEL SESSION: "Health Care Cost Containment"


* Dolores Mitchell, Executive Director, Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission 

* Robert Hockmuth, M.D., New England Regional Medical Executive, CIGNA
* Michael Vittoria, VP of Human Resources, Sperian Protection and President,

   Rhode Island Business Group on Health
* Lynda Young, M.D., President, Massachusetts Medical Society 


WHEN:   Thursday, December 8, 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

WHERE: MA Medical Society Conference Center, Waltham, MA

COST:     $210 members, $265 non-members. Register below or call 781-684-8700





Best Practices Conference Brochure


Benefits in Brief


Rob Egan has joined Aetna as SVP, Marketing of Strategic Diversification ... Meghan Beaupre has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications at Longfellow Benefits ... Sue Cann is now Business Development Director at BI Worldwide ... Robyn Olson has been promoted to Managing Consultant at Boston Benefit Partners

(Please send items of interest for future issues to

Golf Outing
Waiting to tee off: Chip Moynihan of the Moynihan Group and Ed Maguire of Sapers & Wallack
NEEBC Golf Outing
NEEBC's first golf outing, which took place August 2 at the Framingham Country Club, was a great success with a field of 90 golfers enjoying excellent weather. Watch for news about a repeat performance next year.    


Special thanks to Dr. Jerry Evans and his planning committee and to our sponsors:
Luncheon Sponsor



Tee Sponsors 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

BMI Audit Services
Dearborn National 

Diversified Investment Advisors

Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Minnesota Life
Ricci Consultants
Tufts Health Plan


Closest to the Pin Sponsors
Crowe Horwath LLP

Diversified Investment Advisors

Physician's Insurance Agency of Massachusetts (PIAM)

Benefits Resources


* Recent Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, courtesy of Paul Sullivan of the BLS Boston Office:


Employee Benefits in the United States 

Health and Retirement Plan Provisions 
Employer Cost for Employee Compensation, June 2011 
Employment Cost Index, June 2011


* Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP) Fair Share Contribution: Filing Year 2010 Results and Analyses.  


* The Federal Workplace Health Collaborative, an initiative housed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently released the first ever Federal Wellness Resource Guide

Best Practices Conference Sponsors

NEEBC thanks the following organizations for their support as sponsors of the 2011 Best Practices Conference :


Lead Sponsor



 Gold Sponsors


Delta Dental of Massachusetts

Fidelity Investments


Liberty Mutual 

Parents in a Pinch, Inc.

Project Evolution

Putnam Investments





Silver Sponsors


Abacus Employer Health Solutions


BTHR Solutions/BeneTemps

Boston Benefit Partners, LLC

Health Advocate, Inc.

Minnesota Life

Strategic Benefit Advisors


Towers Watson



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