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The Rise of Retail Health Coverage: PwC on Private Exchanges and Defined Contribution 
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Retail health insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, are dramatically changing both the employer benefits environment and the health insurance business. PwCs Health Research Institute finds that employers faced with rising costs and regulatory demands are moving away from the benefit business, pushing individual consumers to take on new responsibility for their own health insurance. This will fuel significant growth of health exchanges over the next decade in the new health economy.

Health exchanges have existed for years in various forms, but the launch of the Affordable Care Acts public exchanges and the emergence of several new private exchanges have broadened awareness of the concept. While the public exchanges have already enrolled eight million in the first year and are poised to grow rapidly over the next few years, the shift to retail-style private exchanges may be a longer process.

Exchanges may be most attractive to employers looking to shift healthcare decision-making to their employees. Employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees will have the option of sending workers to the public exchanges without penalty, while for some companies, private exchanges may offer more affordable insurance than they could obtain on their own. According to PwCs 2014 Touchstone survey of 1,200 employers, 32 percent of employers are considering moving their active employees to a private exchange in the next three years. In addition to alleviating administrative burden, the move to a private exchange presents additional benefits that would otherwise require too much time and money for many employers to implement on their own, such as integrated wellness programs, online benefit sites and consumer decision support.

Please join PwC's Caitlin Sweany, Senior Manager, Health Research Institute, and Stacy Sachen, Advisory Principal, on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12 PM Eastern as they discuss PwCs Health Research Institute new report The Rise of Retail Health Coverage, and related PwC research, insights and perspectives regarding the continued evolution towards private exchanges including defined contribution approaches.
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Review PwC research results from their report: The Rise of Retail Health Coverage and PwCs 2014 Touchstone survey.
  2. Explore how exchanges are impacting employers and healthcare companies.
  3. Ascertain short and long-range implications for stakeholders including healthcare plans, employers providers and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.
  4.  Consider healthcares emerging shift to a defined contribution approach.
  5. Understand approaches employers will take that don't find adequate value in private exchanges.
  6. Attributes that will best position exchanges for future success.
  7. Engage in interactive learning through online question submission, attendee feedback and opportunity for follow-up questions, and networking with attendees, faculty and other professionals through a dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Regulatory and Policy Executives and Staff
  • Strategy and Planning Executives and Staff
  • Health Reform, Transformation and Innovation Executives and Staff
  • Sales and Marketing Executives and Staff
  • Business Intelligence and Research Analysts
  • Managed Care Executives and Staff
  • Business Development Executives and Staff
  • Health Benefit Administrators
  • Operations Executives and Staff
  • Product Development and Innovation Executives and Staff
  • Actuarial and Underwriting Executives

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Health Plans 
  • Employers
  • Benefit Consultants and Agents
  • Third Party Administrators
  • Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Provider Networks
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Government Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations and PBMs
  • Specialty Benefit Organizations
  • Solutions Providers 
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations 
  • Media
  • Other Interested Parties
The Rise of Retail Health Coverage: PwC on Private Exchanges and Defined Contribution 
  Individual Registration Fee: $195. Post-event materials, with video syncing slides and recorded audio, plus presentation pdf file: $45 for attendees; $260 for non-attendees after the event. Register online or download the event brochure. Attendees will also receive a complimentary trial three-month subscription to Health Insurance Marketplace News.
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Caitlin Sweany

Caitlin Sweany
Senior Manager
Health Research Institute, PwC


Caitlin Sweany is a senior manager in PwCs Health Research Institute. As part of the HRI regulatory team, Caitlin covers issues that impact the insurance industry and other healthcare purchasers, including state governments.

Caitlin previously served as a consultant in PwCs Health Industries practice, where she worked with insurance clients to develop solutions for a range of regulatory and operational challenges. Prior to joining PwC she provided research support and analysis for the New York State Attorney General's Health Care Bureau. She has also held positions at other healthcare and policy-oriented organizations.

Caitlin holds a masters degree in health policy from Columbia University's School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Haverford College in Philadelphia.

Stacy Sachen

Stacy Sachen
Advisory Principal

Stacy is a Healthcare Advisory Principal (Partner) with PwC, and has been with the firm since November 2010.

Prior to joining PwD she was a Partner with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, and started her career as a Manager with Accenture.

Stacy has a MBA, Strategy & Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BSE, Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.


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