Mercer Survey of Health Plans and ACA Update – March HR Meeting

Posted on February 18, 2016 By

What strategies are employers using to contain or reduce benefits spending? Attendees of the monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources), open to the public, will get an overview of the findings of the national Mercer Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and an update on ACA reporting on Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 7:45 to 10:15 a.m. during the, at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

Considered the gold standard in benefits surveys, Mercer Survey of Employer-Sponsored contains detailed cost and benefit design information on approximately 3,000 employer benefit plans of U.S. employers with more than 10 employees that offer health benefits. Mercer’s compliance team will also provide an update on the requirements of ACA reporting for 2016.

The registration fee, including a full buffet breakfast, is $30.00 for JSAHR members; $40.00 for nonmembers; $25.00 for guests and those in-transition, and $10.00 for full-time students. Register online at or email or call Christine Higgins, JSAHR chapter administrator, at 732-701-7155.

JSAHR, a SHRM affiliated chapter, is a Gold Excel award winner of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management.) This program is pending 1.25 SHRM and HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) credits.

About the Speakers: Kevin Carmelengo, a principal and senior consultant in the Morristown, N.J., office of Mercer Health & Benefits, has extensive experience and ongoing involvement in benefits strategy, vendor evaluation, financial analysis, plan pricing, funding and the trend toward consumerism. His more than 25 years of industry experience gives him significant insight into the products, services, and underwriting guidelines available in the marketplace. He earned a B.S. in Business Management from Seton Hall University, and holds a New Jersey Life and Health Producer’s License.

Patricia Farrell, J.D., a senior attorney in the Princeton, N.J., office of Mercer Health & Benefits, 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. Farrell has been with Mercer for more than 20 years, has been a speaker on national webcasts, and has presented at seminars sponsored by Mercer and other employer-focused organizations. She graduated from The College of William and Mary, Virginia, and received a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars.