Managing Retiree Healthcare

Venue: Radisson Hotel & Suites

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 29, 2007 End Date/Time: Oct 30, 2007
Registration Date: Oct 28, 2007
Early Registration Date: Sep 07, 2007
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Retiree healthcare is growing at an unprecedented rate. The rising costs are forcing employers to impose stringent controls or cutback entirely. It is now imperative for employers to reevaluate their retiree benefits plans and implement a new and improved design that will keep the programs solvent in years to come.

Attend this conference and discover how to rein in retiree healthcare costs. Learn how to:
+Develop a predictable retiree healthcare cost structure
+Implement an effective cost-sharing system for the employer and retiree
+Restructure retiree benefits to respond to rising healthcare costs
+Coordinate benefits with Medicare to control costs and provide optimal care
+Implement effectively GASB 43/45 into plan design and financing
+Incorporate programs such as disease management, prescription drugs, and healthy lifestyles to develop a healthcare strategy based on value
+Manage retiree healthcare liability through innovative savings vehicles
+Impose tighter controls on utilization to control rising costs
+Transition retirees and build bridges to successful retiree experiences
+Create a cost-effective plan for retirees under the age of 65 through effective planning and coordination with retirees and healthcare plans
+Employ effective caps on future obligations to manage costs
+Develop a cost-effective strategy for prescription drug coverage
+Incorporate tax incentives into retiree healthcare design to reduce costs
+Deploy effectively alternative retiree health approaches such as health reimbursement arrangements
+Develop a cost-effective self-insured healthcare program
+Optimize medical treatment through a focus on relevant treatment procedures and guidelines, thereby reducing costs by eliminating unnecessary medical treatment

In-depth case studies and proven strategies for success from these leading experts on retiree healthcare and retiree benefits, including:

+Effectively Restructuring Retiree Benefits to Respond to Rising Healthcare Costs
Ed Derman
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Plan Design and Communication
California State Teachers’ Retirement System

+Transitioning Retirees and Building Bridges to Successful Retiree Experiences including Health Reimbursement Arrangements
Diane Bechel Marriott
Manager, Healthcare Strategy and Design
Ford Motor Company

+Developing an Effective Cost-Sharing System for the Employer and Retiree
Damon Asbury
Executive Director
State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio

Tommy Teague
Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana Office of Group Benefits

Roger Chizek
Director, US Benefits

Diane Bechel Marriott
Manager, Healthcare Strategy and Design
Ford Motor Company

+Managing Retiree Healthcare Costs in a Utilities Environment
Joe Konrad
Manager, Employee Benefits
We Energies

+Coordinating Benefits with Medicare to Reduce Costs and Provide Optimal Cost-Effective Care
Ted Cheatham
Executive Director
West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency

+Incorporating Programs Focused on Disease Management, and Wellness or Healthy Lifestyles to Develop a Long-Term Healthcare Strategy Based on Value
Damon Asbury
Executive Director
State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio

+Managing Costs for Retirees Under 65 through Effective Coordination with Health Plans
Roger Chizek
Director, US Benefits

+Developing a Cost-Effective Self-Insured Healthcare Program
Tommy Teague
Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana Office of Group Benefits

+Impact of the Medicare Part D Drug Plan in Controlling Retiree Healthcare Costs
Michael Brady
Director of Employee Benefits
City of Milwaukee

+Developing a Strategy to Reduce Costs of Prescription Drug Coverage
Marie Thames
Executive Director
New Mexico Retiree Healthcare Authority

+Managing Retiree Healthcare Liability
Carrie Lombardo
Chief Insurance Officer

Jennifer Mausolf
Insurance Specialist
Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan

+Improving Quality and Reducing Costs of Retiree Healthcare through a Health Plan’s Compliance with National Standards of Care
Richard Curtis
Executive Director
Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System


+GASB 43/45: Overview, Implementation and Financing
Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting

+Improving Retiree Healthcare Design Strategies for Employers


+Managing Directors
+Chief Executive Officers
+Chief Human Resources Officers

Vice Presidents, Directors, and Managers of:
+Human Resources
+Human Services
+Labor Relations
+Health Benefits
+Employee Benefits
+Retirement Benefits
+Retirement Services

+Public Sector Employers
+Public Sector Retirement Systems
+Private Sector Employers
+Organized Labor Groups

The information shared in this program will also be of value to:
+Benefit Consultants
+Health Plans
+Retirement Associations
+Financial Services Firms

In order to gain the most from this unique conference experience, team participation is highly encouraged! Register 3 and the 4th attends free!


Additional Information

The crisis has been brewing for quite a while and few have been willing to address it. The problems facing retiree healthcare are reaching a critical crossroads – and only you have the power to do something about it. Without consistently challenging the status quo and making necessary modification, the problem will get too big to fix. The costs of retiree healthcare continue to skyrocket and these rising costs are draining hundreds of millions of dollars from public coffers and corporate profits alike. Increasingly, rising healthcare and prescription drug costs, lack of a cost-effective retiree healthcare plan, and an ineffective retiree healthcare design are problems in desperate need of solutions. Many employers are responding by either cutting health benefits for their retirees or requiring them to contribute more. So what can you do about it? You must adopt solutions to help you: +Restructure retiree healthcare design in response to rising healthcare costs +Develop an effective cost-sharing system for both the employer and retiree +Coordinate benefits with Medicare to reduce costs, and provide optimal cost-effective care +Incorporate programs focused on disease management and wellness to develop a long-term healthcare strategy based on value +Strategically incorporate caps on future obligations to rein in costs +Manage retiree healthcare liabilities through innovative cost-cutting programs and strategies +Utilize comprehensive internal strategies for cost containment Our distinguished faculty will show you exactly how to do all this and more at World Research Group’s Managing Retiree Healthcare Conference on October 29-30, 2007, in Chicago. At this specially designed event, WRG will assemble the nation’s best retiree healthcare leaders to identify and address the issues, challenges and future trends in retiree health benefits. You will learn how to reduce retiree healthcare costs and improve design through effective cost-sharing strategies. Representing the private and public sectors, our presenters will share their proven strategies to help you develop a cost-effective retiree healthcare plan. You will learn specifically how: +Ford Motor Company successfully deploys alternative retiree health approaches like Health Reimbursement Arrangements +California State Teachers’ Retirement System collaboratively works with California Public Employees’ Retirement System to assist all public agencies in meeting their financial disclosure requirements and begin to pre-fund their obligations +Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan manages existing OPEB liability through the Retiree Health Funding Vehicle and controls future liability with the Health Care Savings Program +Medtronic manages costs for its early retirees through effectively coordinating with health plans +City of Milwaukee controls costs by providing their Medicare retirees with a Medicare D drug benefit plan with a wrap product +Louisiana Office of Group Benefits develops a cost-effective self-insured healthcare program +West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency coordinates benefits with Medicare to reduce costs to provide optimal cost cost-effective care We are especially pleased to present this special panel discussion on how: State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, Louisiana Office of Group Benefits, Medtronic, and Ford Motor Company have strategically developed a cost-sharing system for the employer and retiree together. Don’t miss this must-attend high-quality information exchange and networking event designed just for you! Invest two short days to learn exactly what you need to know to dramatically improve your retiree healthcare strategy. Take the first step now – register by calling toll-free at 800-647-7600 or 781-939-2438. You will derive the greatest value by attending the conference with all the key stakeholders from your organization. Register a team of 3 people and the 4th member attends free! This conference will help you take the steps necessary to increase your organization’s bottom line! Register early and enjoy the greatest discounts! P.S. The innovators are already proving that you can reduce retiree healthcare costs through improved design and effective cost-sharing strategies. Register today to find out how they’re doing it!