In case you missed it: Webinar on the upcoming eBook “Defined Contribution: A Playbook for Employers”

Offering the defined contribution perspective, bswift and Employee Benefit News (EBN) co-produced a web seminar called “Defined Contribution: A Playbook for Employers.” The panel discussion was well-attended, and featured three experts in the area of private exchanges: Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift; Craig Hasday, Chief Operations Officer, Frenkel Benefits, an employee benefits broker and consulting firm; and John Hohman, Managing Director, NFP, a provider of benefits, insurance and wealth management services.

The hour-long webinar included these topics:

  • What private exchanges will look like and how they will operate
  • Insured plans vs. self-insured plans
  • Group vs. Individual insurance product
  • Single carrier vs. multi-carrier solutions
  • Employee choice of multiple health plan options
  • The role of Wellness programs and incentives
  • Tax considerations and implications
  • Defining the optimal defined contribution for your employees

Click here to access the webinar and listen to it in its entirety.

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The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Friday, January 31 webinar on forthcoming paper

Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN) will hold a webinar this Friday, January 31, at 10:00 AM AKST to discuss highlights from their latest research on inequality in the United States. 

“Economic inequality is, at long last, commanding attention from policymakers, the media, and everyday citizens. There is growing recognition that we need an inclusive economy that works for everyone-not just for those at the top. While there are plentiful data examining the fortunes of the top 1 percent at the national level, this report examines how the top 1 percent in each state have fared over 1928-2011. In so doing, this analysis finds that all 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent years.”

Register for the webinar at

Affordable Care Act of 2010: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies:

The health care industry has been an engine of job growth, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is expected to stimulate further growth. Over the next decade, the health care sector could add 4.6 million jobs, representing a 31% increase from current employment. New job opportunities from entry-level positions to highly trained professions are expected to emerge in the industry.

In this report, we present an inventory of health care jobs occupied by people of color, and the changes in occupation mix over time. We then estimate job growth in the health care industry and present potential job opportunities for people of color. If we assume the current racial and ethnic distribution of the health care workforce persists, we would expect that in the future at least one-third of the total health care workforce will comprise people of color. This estimate is almost certainly lower than what will occur, because many people of color — especially Blacks and Hispanics — are in occupations that are among the fastest growing in the U.S.

The goal of this report is to provide knowledge that can help foster and enhance racial/ethnic diversity of the health care workforce.

Download the full report.

Patient-centered medical home model- a local health care revolution?

Check out this great article on Alaska Dispatch!

National Commission to Issue Sharp Warning That Efforts to Improve Health Will Fail Unless the Nation Invests in Broad New Efforts Outside the Health Care System

RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America to Release New Recommendations that Call for Major Initiatives in Early Childhood Development, Creating Healthy Communities, and Broadening Role of Health Care Providers; Funding Early Childhood Development For All Children by 2025 Critical to Nation’s Health

On January 13, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America will issue new recommendations aimed at improving health now and for generations to come.  The recommendations and new report, from a nonpartisan, diverse group of national experts and thought leaders, will highlight the need to:

  • Prioritize investments in America’s youngest children
  • Encourage leaders in different sectors to work together to create communities where healthy decisions are possible
  • Challenge health professionals and health care institutions to expand their focus from treating illness to helping people live healthy lives

Building on its original work from 2009 – which helped advance a national movement to address non-medical factors that affect our health – the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America reconvened in 2013 to assess changes that could have the greatest and most immediate impact on improving health. The Commission will release the new recommendations on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. ET, during a live online event from the Newseum’s Knight Studio in Washington, DC.

The event will feature Commission Co-Chairs Mark McClellan and Alice Rivlin; Commission Staff Director, and the leading national expert on social determinants of health, David Williams; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Commission members (full list below). Innovative programs and policies from across the nation will be highlighted, including tangible examples of the kind of change the Commission is calling for on a broad scale.

Register for the January 13 live online event now.

For More Information or to RSVP: Please contact Sara Knoll at 301-652-1558 or; or Christine Clayton at 609-627-5937 or


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