Healthcare in America is a very hot topic right now. Since the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 there have been a significant number of changes and escalating costs for health insurance, prescription drugs, and medical services. Many of the details of the ACA are behind the scenes and therefore have driven confusion and concerns about the future. With our current President-elect, and significant proposed policy changes, the 2017 healthcare landscape is unknown.
This month we were able to get together with Worldwide Employee Benefits Network and help host an event to share the thoughts and opinions of various people with industry related professions. The discussion covered individual thoughts on affordability, consumerism, personalization, human capital and things Connecticut is doing on a state level to keep things stable for consumers. It is clear the future holds change, but to what degree is uncertain. One thing was evident from a consumer and employer level, staying up to date with what now seems like daily changes is key. Contact us anytime with questions you have about upcoming and current shifts in healthcare.
Our talented panel included:
Eric Thompson, Principal, BlueBack Advisors
For over twenty years, Eric has built and strengthened countless relationships with clients and business associates during his time at Aetna and Northwestern Mutual.
In 2008 Eric founded BlueBack Advisors, a strategic employee benefits and risk management firm, and has advised numerous clients in all aspects of group insurance products. He and his team specialize in strategies that focus on the specific needs of each client to have a benefit plan that aligns with their needs and values. Health insurance continues to be the most difficult benefit to cost manage, but Eric and his team successfully maintain low single digit increases for their client’s year over year.
In 2015 BlueBack built and launched BlueChip; a successful employee health improvement program that provides advisory, support and program management to employers seeking to improve the health and well-being of their culture. Through technology including a mobile app, BlueChip Health, employees and families can all work together to build better habits.
Brian Cuddeback, VP Sales & Client Management, Cigna
Brian began his career in health care at Aetna. During those 6.5 years, he performed many roles including plan administration, underwriting and account management; living in Connecticut and Florida. In 1996, Brian moved to United Healthcare; first working in National Accounts Underwriting and then in the Connecticut Sales Office.
In May of 2005, Brian accepted the Cigna Sales Manager position in Connecticut and has been actively engaged in that capacity ever since. He has focused on bringing accountability and results to Connecticut and the New England Region.
Jennifer Herz, Assistant Counsel, CBIA
Jennifer Herz is counsel with CBIA, Connecticut’s leading business organization. She advocates for the business community at the State Capitol on healthcare, education, housing, and workers compensation issues. Herz also directs CBIA’s Health Affairs Council. Before joining CBIA, Herz was in private practice where she specialized in the areas of real estate, land use, telecommunications, and energy. She interned with the Connecticut Siting Council, held a legislative clerkship with the General Assembly, and an administrative clerkship with the state Elections Enforcement Commission. She also interned for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Herz earned her J.D. from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, and also holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Jean McGill, Vice President of Human Resources, Goodwin College
Jean McGill joined Goodwin College in November 2010. She is responsible for the strategic planning, execution, and oversight of all human resource-related activities for the college including employee relations, recruiting, benefits, compensation, and payroll. Jean has served in a variety of human resources and business operation roles during the last 20 years, including positions at Cigna, Prudential Retirement, and Travelers. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational psychology. In addition to her responsibilities in human resources, she is currently an adjunct faculty member in Goodwin College’s Business Administration program.
Jean is passionate about helping people discover their unique gifts and develop their untapped potential. She is a member of the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Thank you to Meghan Martinez, VP of BlueBack Advisors for moderating.
Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to our sponsors: Cigna and CBIA.