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Aug 03, 2015, 13:48 ET from ProfNet

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ACA Bringing New Administrative Complexity to Employers
Jamie Walker
Vice President, Product and Consumer Engagement
"The Affordable Care Act is bringing new administrative complexity to employers offering health plans to their employees. It includes new requirements for employee tracking and government filing, and represents a significant increase in employer liability. These changes will phase in gradually, with different timetables for different size employers, and full implementation required across the board by 2018."
Walker is responsible for the company's product development vision, strategy and corresponding processes. She balances strategic collaboration with the company management team members, personnel and budget management, as well as hands-on day-to-day implementation for operational effectiveness. Prior to PlanSource, Walker served as the senior director of enterprise data strategy and senior director of product and innovation with UnitedHealth Group. She is recognized as an innovative leader with respect to analytics and utilizing data to support and define strategic direction for product design and engagement. This thought leadership has yielded two patents for consumer engagement and the creation of products that have increased program participation, reduced spend and fostered documented improved health outcomes. She is available to discuss health care consumerism, the Affordable Care Act, and product trends.
Contact: Melanie Mathos,

Healthcare Exchange Industry Undergoing Radical Change
Scott Carver
"The whole industry is undergoing a radical change, which is being pushed forward at a rapid clip by deadlines for the Affordable Care Act. Within two to three years, health care and employee benefits programs will undergo a dramatic shift to defined contribution models, just as we saw happen with retirement plans 20 or so years ago. Employers will attempt to gain some control of costs by contributing a set amount toward employee benefits, while transitioning responsibility for selecting and buying them to the end consumer."
Carver is an entrepreneur and industry innovator with more than 28 years of executive-level management experience at some of the nation's top healthcare and insurance organizations. Prior to PlanSource, Carver was the founder and president of SYLINQ Corporation, where his strategic guidance resulted in significant growth and recognition as an industry leader in large employer benefits administration. When Ceridian acquired SYLINQ, Carver headed up the business development arm of their human resources and benefits business. He also made an impact as a senior-level executive at FirstHealth, one of the nation's largest PPO networks. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. He is available to discuss private and public exchanges, health and voluntary benefits carriers, and benefits administration.
Contact: Melanie Mathos,

Highway Trust Fund: Updated Transportation Network a Necessity
Steve Handschuh
President and CEO
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
As reporters continue to cover the Highway Trust Fund, Handschuh can offer perspective from the U.S. motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry: "A strong infrastructure is a shared resource and a shared responsibility. A safe and efficient transportation system is a fundamental requirement of a vibrant economy. With new safety technologies on the horizon, such as advanced emergency braking, lane keeping devices, and V2V and V2X a modern, an updated transportation network will be required. With poor road conditions contributing to more than one-third of all highway fatalities, and highway crashes costing Americans more than $230 billion annually, according to NHTSA, there is work to be done. In order for the U.S. economy to continue growing, we cannot overemphasize the importance of a strong infrastructure to keep people mobile and safe."
As an automotive industry veteran of more than 35 years, Handschuh can provide the automotive suppliers' perspective on the impact of continued delays to this legislation. He can also address the need for a stronger political will to implement long-term funding solutions through the gas tax, public-private partnerships and/or an infrastructure bank. The U.S. motor vehicle parts manufacturing segment represents 3% of the U.S. GDP and directly employs more than 734,000 U.S. workers in the automotive OE, aftermarket, heavy vehicle and remanufactured parts industries, which is the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA's 1,000+ members include some of the industry's most renowned suppliers and represents large, small and medium-size businesses that help stimulate economic growth in communities across the country.
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Contact: Nicole Burdiss,

Security Evaluations for Vendors
Ryan Baldwin
Chief Technology Officer
"Whether you're a broker evaluating carriers and exchange partners or an employer looking at broker exchange offerings, you need to do a thorough security evaluation of any vendor you're thinking doing business with. Considering today's highly evolved and aggressive cybercriminals, you should look for evidence of a major investment in secure processes, people and systems."
Baldwin has spent his career creating enterprise software for various industries. He has co-founded, developed, and sold two successful software and business service companies. He has extensive experience in developing systems for benefits management and administration, health care provider billing, order processing and inventory management, and manufacturing requirements planning. He has also successfully managed both in-house and outsourced development teams focused on delivering enterprise applications. He has held positions with Brookline Employer Services & Technologies (BEST), SYLINQ Corporation, and Ceridian. He earned his a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at the University of Utah. He's available to discuss technology/Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), security/privacy, and product trends.
Contact: Melanie Mathos,

Creating Benefits Websites
Dayne Williams
Chief Executive Officer
"Companies can design a front-end experience that reflects their brand and user experience needs and use APIs (application programming interfaces) to connect to an existing back-end processing engine. This is a great option for large insurance carriers, brokers or even HCM companies that have already invested in consumer-facing technology and want to maintain control of the user experience without waiting years to build out the full solution. In addition, this can be done for about one tenth of the budget, offering speed to market without compromising the consumer experience."
Dayne has been published on BenefitsPro, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Business Journal, and CIOReview. He is available to discuss the benefits and human resources software industries, health care technology/SaaS, and benefits administration.
Contact: Melanie Mathos,



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