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4th Annual National Employers' Health Benefits Communication Summit
New Members
Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles
Business Health Agenda 2014
28th National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital
Health Care Legislation
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Institute of Health Care Costs and Solutions
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Save Your Spot: Register for the 2014 Communication Summit


Get a jumpstart on your 2015 benefit communications planning: Register now for the 4th Annual National Employers' Health Benefits Communication Summit to be held in Washington, DC on May 7-8, 2014.


Exclusively designed for internal HR/benefits and benefits communications professionals, the 2014 Communication Summit will focus on strategies and solutions to real-world benefit communication challenges. Connect with other benefits professionals and learn how to increase your employees' health IQ.


Registration is open, with discounted early bird rates this month. Review the agenda and register soon! 



Questions? Email Marcia Greville or call 202.558.3021.

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We Welcome Our Newest Members
Headquarters: Chicago, IL
U.S. Employees: 300
bswift's goal is to use technology and information to simplify the administration of health care, reduce costs and empower consumers. bswift has created an online benefits enrollment/administration system that today millions of consumers use. 
Headquarters: Columbus, OH
U.S. Employees: 18,000
OhioHealth is a family of not-for-profit, faith-based hospitals and health care organizations. OhioHealth provides expert, individualized care and shares the latest knowledge and innovations across the entire OhioHealth system.  


Headquarters: Dallas, TX

U.S. Employees: 30


Teladoc, Inc. is the first and largest provider of telehealth medical consultations in the United States. Teladoc started in 2002 with a vision of tackling the three biggest issues in health care: access, cost, and quality. 

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Application Deadline is March 14, 2014 at Midnight EST 


The March 14th deadline is approaching fast! 

Make sure to complete your application by the March 14th deadline to join the ranks of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award winners! Award winners have comprehensive health and well-being programs that are innovative and effectively change behavior and improve the health of employees and their families.


All applicants need to complete WISCORE®, the Wellness Impact Scorecard, to be considered for an award. For step-by-step guidance on completing the WISCORE®, register for an upcoming technical assistance webinar. 



Application Questions? Email bestemployers@businessgrouphealth.org.

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Business Health Agenda 2014

A National Business Group on HealthSM Conference

Best-in-Class Employer Solutions for a New Health Care Marketplace

JW Marriott, Washington DC

March 5-7, 2014


Space is limited and registration passes are selling quickly. Only the first three paying registrants per company will be allowed to attend this year's conference. 


Conference Agenda

Business Health Agenda 2014 is the nation's premier forum for the latest trends, best practices, and innovative tactics for employer-sponsored health benefits and health care initiatives.

Just in time for next year's planning, you'll learn hands-on strategies for your own benefits and health plan design. Topics include:

  • Employers and the Affordable Care Act
  • Top solutions for health care cost control
  • Increasing primary care access (extenders, telehealth, on-site clinics)
  • Ensuring the right care at the right time
  • Innovation in benefit design and implementation 

View the BHA 2014 agenda for more information on this year's sessions including "can't miss" keynote presentations from:

Joseph R. Swedish

BHA 2014 Opening Keynote Speaker

Chief Executive Officer, WellPoint, Inc.

One of Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Health Care


Joseph R. (Joe) Swedish is chief executive officer of WellPoint, Inc., one of the nation's largest health benefits companies and exchange providers, with approximately 36 million Americans served through its affiliated health plans. 


Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD

BHA 2014 Closing Keynote Speaker

President and Chief Executive Officer

Geisinger Health System


Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD, is president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization in central and northeastern Pennsylvania that serves more than 2.6 million residents. Geisinger is also nationally recognized as a leader in patient care, innovative care models and payment reform.


Christopher J. Dawe

BHA 2014 Special Address Keynote Speaker

Policy Advisor for Healthcare, National Economic Council

Executive Office of the President


Christopher J. (Chris) Dawe is the policy advisor for health care at the National Economic Council at the White House. Dawe supports the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and advises the council leadership on health care issues in the federal budget debate.


Continuing  Education Credits

Do you hold a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) credential?

You can earn CEBS credits simply by attending this year's event. Click here for more information on CEBS professional education credits, program eligibility and how to self-report activities online. 



Questions? Email Stacey Beacher or call 202.558.3020.


BHA 2014 Quick Links:  

About the Conference



Hotel Reservations


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28th National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital

National Business Group on HealthSM Conference

The Path to High Performance: Top Solutions for Workforce Productivity and Engagement

September 16-18, 2014

Fairmont Dallas

Dallas, TX 


2014 National Conference Speaking Opportunities Now Available

Non-sponsored Breakout Sessions

 Call for Presentations

Sponsored Main Stage Plenary and First Day Workshop Sessions 

Open: Now - February 18, 2014

Click here to apply for a non-sponsored breakout session

Sponsorship Applications Now Available

Click here to apply for a sponsored session


A limited number of speaking opportunities are available for this year's conference, The Path to High Performance: Top Solutions for Workforce Productivity and Engagement. Speaking opportunities include first day workshops, main-stage plenaries, and non-sponsored breakout sessions.


Conference sessions provide you an opportunity to highlight your program accomplishments and recent research in front of corporate and special industry leaders.


NOTE: Sponsored sessions are exclusive to Business Group members while breakout sessions are available, free of charge, to member and non-member companies alike.



Questions? Visit the National Conference webpage for more information on this year's conference including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities oemail Stacey Beacher or call 202.558.3020.


2014 National Conference Quick Links:

About the Conference

Call for Presentations

Sponsorships and Exhibit Space

Conference Hotel


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Health Care Legislation


Updated! Charts

State Actions Implementing Federal Health Reform

January 24, 2014 


State Exchange Plans and Premium Details 

January 23, 2014

Updated! Toolkit

Health Reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) Implementation and Communications Toolkit  

January 29, 2014  




Letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recommending Options to Establish a Coverage Process for USPSTF A and B Recommendations

January 29, 2014 



Policy Brief

Policy Options for Processes to Determine Coverage Guidelines for the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations 

January 29, 2014 



Updated! Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Communicating with Your HR Department Slides and FAQs

Out-of-Pocket Maximum HR Slides   

January 29, 2014


Out-of-Pocket Maximum FAQs 

January 29, 2014


Preventive Services Coverage HR Slides

January 29, 2014


Preventive Services Coverage FAQs 

January 29, 2014


Wellness Program Incentives HR Slides 

January 29, 2014 


Wellness Program Incentives FAQs 

January 29, 2014 


Medicaid Expansion HR Slides 

January 24, 2014 



View more Public Policy resources online.




Recent Webinars

Getting Diagnosis and Treatment Right: How BNY Mellon is Addressing the Challenge of Diagnostic Errors

January 28, 2014


ACA Implementation for 2014 and Beyond: Update on Regulatory Developments

January 24, 2014 



Webinar recordings and slides are available online.  

 Business Group in the News


Cutting spousal coverage? Think again

Insurance Business America - January 30, 2014


In Target's wake, businesses plot Obamacare paths

Politico - January 25, 2014

Read more articles in the Business Group's Pressroom.

 Institute of Health Care Costs and Solutions


Register now for the next Benefits Communications Benchmarking Conference Call!

Friday, February 14, 2014 

The next call will be on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET. The topic is: It's More than Registrations: Motivating Employees to Use Transparency and Decision-Support Tools. Lisa Triplett, health & disability manager at Visant Corporation, will kick off the call by discussing Visant's approach to promoting member engagement in its decision support programs.


The Benefits Communications Benchmarking Conference Calls create a virtual roundtable for benefits communicators to share successes and challenges in engaging employees and their families in health benefits and wellness programs. The calls are offered to all HR/benefits professionals at Business Group member companies.


Register for the February call by emailing Natashia McNair or calling 202.558.3038.

Save the Date!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The next Conference Call on Consumer-Directed Health Care topic is: Health Account Design and Funding Strategies, taking place on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET. The Business Group team will start the call by providing an overview of large employers' approach to contributing to health savings accounts and health reimbursement arrangements, including timing, incentives and average amounts.

The Consumer-Directed Health Care (CDHC) calls provide a forum for member companies to share ideas, strategies and challenges in implementing a consumerism strategy. Each call is a facilitated, round-table discussion designed to encourage employer-to-employer dialogue. These calls are offered exclusively to HR/benefits professionals at Business Group-member companies. 

For more information on the CDHC calls, email Pamela Rich or call 202.558.3014.

Lisa Ridgley 
Membership Assistant, Membership and Member Services
National Business Group on HealthSM
20 F Street, NW - Suite 200 - Washington, DC  20001
Phone: 202-558-3032 - Fax:  202-628-9244 - Ridgley@businessgrouphealth.org

Creative Health Benefits Solutions for Today, Strong Policy for Tomorrow