MassAHU’s 7th Annual Statewide Conference & Trade Show

| September 9, 2009 | Comments (0)

National Health Care Reform – Government’s Role – what are the potential impacts?


BENEFEST 2009, the premier industry conference for employee benefits professionals in Massachusetts has once again pulled together business leaders and chief executive officers of four major health insurance carriers to provide their perspectives on healthcare reform at the local, state and federal levels. 


Tim O’Brien of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Bruce Bullen of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, James Roosevelt of Tufts Health Plan, and Eric Schultz of Fallon Community Health Plan will share their insights on topics that have many perplexed and overwhelmed: insuring the uninsured, controlling spiraling healthcare costs and the role of government.  These topics and more will be examined at the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters’ (MassAHU) annual conference and trade fair on September 23rd. 


This year’s conference will be at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough and it will focus on issues surrounding national health care reform, cost control and transparency.  “Healthcare reform is complicated and there are no easy answers – just ask any one paying attention to the national debate all across our great country this summer.  In MA, we covered most of the uninsured and that was a great first step – now we must tackle the cost and provider access challenges and once again, simple solutions to these complex challenges will be hard to find” said Mark S. Gaunya, president of MassAHU. 

This year’s Benefest is filled with distinguished speakers who will talk about healthcare reform and the leadership necessary to take the next step in a very long journey.  It will also provide us with an opportunity to say a special thank you to Charlie Baker for his 10 years of service to our market – his leadership during difficult times is an example we all can follow,” Mark continued to say.


Tim Murphy, MPP President & CEO of Beacon Health Strategies, LLC is one of two keynote speakers for Benefest.  Mr. Murphy served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth under Governor Mitt Romney.  Mr. Murphy is a recognized leader in healthcare policy having helped develop and implement the landmark Massachusetts Healthcare Reform Law.


Bryan Dodge – one of America’s most sought after speakers on leadership and the author of “The Good Life Rules” will share his insights on leadership and living a balanced and productive life – a special message for these challenging times.


In addition to these highlights, Benefest 2009 offers five outstanding sessions to help employee benefits professionals stay up to date on the latest innovations, changes and laws in employee benefits.  Starting off the day, Richard A. Szczebak, Esq., Counsel to Parker Brown & Macauley will present the Continuing Saga of Imputed Income.  Next, Debra Wein, an internationally recognized expert on health and wellness will present Seven Elements of a Successful Worksite Wellness Program.  Then, Patrick O’Keefe, VP Mergers & Acquisitions with Digital Insurance will provide a presentation helping to explore key value factors and rules to consider before beginning the process of selling an employee benefits practice.  And, Linda Slevoski, Vice President of AIM Employer’s Resource Group, will present the latest updates and information on the New Data Breach.   Finally, Eric Bach, an experienced member of the insurance field for on individual disability and executive benefit planning will close the education sessions with Individual Disability Income Insurance: Contracts & Products.


Benefest 2009 will round out the afternoon with a senior executive panel discussion with the top 4 health plans in MA and end the day with a special reception for Charlie Baker, the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.

This year’s conference sponsors include BCBSMA, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Health Plan, Fallon Community Health Plan, #1 Agency, Health Advocate, HR Concepts, and Humana.

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