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    Healthcare Forum: Mercer's National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

    Date: May 1, 2014, 8:30am – 11:30am
    Sponsored by Mercer
    1 University Square, Suite 100, Board Room, Princeton

    Networking & Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30am; Program runs from 9:00 - 11:30am.
    $15 for HRMA of Princeton Members, $20 for non-Members, walk-ins pay an additional $10 at door
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    REGISTER & PAY:   Online registration opens up on April 1 and closes on April 29. Walk-ins are always welcome if space permits!

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    WHAT WILL I LEARN?                                                         

    Please join us to learn about the most important trends in cost, enrollment, employee contributions, plan design and latest developments in consumerism and employee health management.

    Other topics to be discussed:

    • Health Care Reform – What are the latest developments and what do employers need to be thinking about for 2015?
    • Exchanges – How are exchanges transforming the employee benefits landscape? What is the value proposition for employers and employees?
    • Detailed findings for local employers – which you can use to benchmark your own program – will be presented as well.

    About Mercer’s National Survey of Employer – Sponsored Health Plans:

    Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans is the nation’s largest, most authoritative annual survey on the topic of health benefits. It provides comprehensive data on employer health plan offerings and cost, as well as detailed plan design information for PPOs, HMOs, and consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs). Employers provide information in their cost-management strategies ranging from consumerism and employee wellness programs to high-performance networks and medical homes; this allows us to analyze the effect of various strategies on cost.

    Called the “gold standard” for benefit surveys by the Wall Street Journal, the Mercer survey uses a national probability sample of U.S. employers with 10 or more employees (including local and state governments) stratified by employer size and region to ensure a representative mix of employers. Each year around 2,800 employers participate.

    About the speakers:

    Kevin Carmelengo

    Principal, Mercer

    Kevin Carmelengo is a Principal in the Morristown, NJ office of Mercer Health & Benefits. Kevin has extensive experience and ongoing involvement in benefits strategy, vendor evaluation, financial analysis, plan pricing, funding and the trend toward consumerism. As a Principal of Mercer’s Morristown team he is responsible for leading account teams and coordinating Mercer’s efforts to ensure that his teams meet or exceed their customers’ expectations.

    Kevin has more than 25 years of industry experience. His experience gives him significant insight into the products, services, and underwriting guidelines available in the marketplace.

    Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Seton Hall University. He holds a New Jersey Life and Health Producer’s License.

    Patricia Farrell, J.D.

    Present Responsibilities

    Patricia Farrell (“Trish”) is a senior attorney in the Princeton, New Jersey office of Mercer Health & Benefits.


    Trish advises employers on income tax, HIPAA, ERISA, ADA, Medicare, FMLA, COBRA, and retiree medical issues associated with health and welfare plan design, reporting, plan governance and administration. She has assisted a number of Fortune 100 companies with HIPAA privacy compliance, state health reform initiatives--and more recently—the Affordable Care Act.

    Trish has been with Mercer for more than 20 years. She has been a speaker on national webcasts and presented at seminars sponsored by Mercer and other employer-focused organizations.


    Trish graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and received a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars.