10/25/2012-ERIC's Fall 2012 Committee and Membership Meetings

Wednesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Register Today for ERIC's Fall 2012 Meetings Featuring an All-Star Lineup of Speakers

The Changing Landscape for Health and Retirement Benefits in an Era of Budgetary and Fiscal Restraint

Wednesday, October 24:

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Health Policy and Retirement Security Committee Meetings
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM: Networking Reception (All attendees & guests invited)

Thursday, October 25:

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM: ERIC Membership Meeting

ERIC Appreciates the Sponsorship of the Fall Meetings by:

• Mercer

• Fidelity Investments

• Towers Watson

The meetings will be held at:

Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

The evening reception on October 24 will be at Del Frisco Grille in the lobby of Covington & Burling’s building.

Meeting Information:

We have put together an agenda that covers all the angles with a full range of timely retirement and health benefit topics. With the November elections fast approaching and the possibility of major changes to the employee benefits landscape on the horizon, you do not want to miss ERIC's Fall 2012 meetings. Employee benefits are once again in the cross hairs as the new President and Congress are likely to embark on a major deficit reduction and tax reform effort following the elections.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

• Dena Battle, Principal, Capitol Counsel

• Phyllis Borzi, Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor

• Janet Boyd, Director, Government Relations Tax and Benefits, The Dow Chemical Company

• Greg Dean, Chief Counsel/Pension Policy Director, Senate HELP Committee

• Suzanne F. Delbanco, Executive Director, Catalyst for Payment Reform

• Anna Fallieras, Program Leader, Health Care Initiatives, General Electric Company

• Yvette Fontenot, Deputy Director, Office of Health Reform, Department of Health & Human Services

• Rick Jones, Managing Principal, National Retirement Practices, Aon Hewitt

• Kevin Knopf, Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Tax Policy, Department of Treasury

• Mark McClellan, Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution

• Jeffrey Munn, Vice President, Fidelity Investments

• James Paretti, Jr., Special Assistant to Commissioner Victoria Lipnic, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

• Tami Simon, Managing Director Knowledge Resources, Buck Consultants

• Rich Stover, FSA, Principal and Consulting Actuary, Buck Consultants

• Russ Sullivan, Staff Director, Senate Finance Committee

On October 24 our Retirement and Health Policy Committee meetings will start with a joint "Ask the Regulators" session with key Administration policymakers, followed by separate committee meetings. The Health Policy Committee will address recent regulatory developments with the Affordable Care Act and will include an informative session on workforce strategies that employers may consider in light of the ACA.

The Retirement Security Committee will review the latest regulatory and legislative developments related to pension plans and 401(k) plans. In addition, we will hear from advocacy experts on the risk for retirement benefits during the 2012 lame duck session of Congress. The day will conclude with an evening reception at Del Frisco Grille in the lobby of Covington & Burling’s building.

The full-day General Membership meeting on October 25 will kick off with two Hill staffers, Russ Sullivan and Greg Dean, who will be major players in the benefit deliberations during the Lame Duck session of Congress this year as well as the new session of Congress starting in 2013. Phyllis Borzi, Assistant Secretary for the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration and a longtime friend of ERIC, will update members and answer questions on the latest regulatory developments affecting employee benefit plans.

Our keynote luncheon speaker will be Mark McClellan, one of the most sought-after thought leaders in the area of health reform. Topics to be addressed by the day's panels will include leveraging the power of large employers to effect health care cost containment and a panel that will examine strategies to address the rising costs of benefits for employers as well as for their retirees.

To register for the meetings, click on the Register Now link at the top of this page and follow the directions to register.

Hotel Information:

If you have any questions or need assistance with registering or with hotel accommodations, please call Adreanne Cooper or Peggy Ross at the ERIC offices (202-789-1400) or send an email to: memberservices@eric.org.

We look forward to seeing you on October 24 and 25!

Related Files:
ERIC October 24 and 25 Meeting Agendas