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Benefit Advisors Network Focused Recent Conference Exclusively on Impact of Health Care Reform

CLEVELAND, OH (8/22/12) --- Recent passage of the landmark health care reform legislation will impact every U.S. business and worker. Recognizing the tremendous changes on the horizon, Benefit Advisors Network (BAN) focused their recent Semi-Annual Educational Conference exclusively on the impact of health care reform on clients, employees, insurance agencies, and employee benefit firms. The conference was held August 5-7, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, Washington.

Approximately 125 BAN members convened in small groups to tackle specific issues associated with health care reform, including exchanges, the individual mandate, and pay or play.

Attendees also measured the potential impact of health care reform on clients and outlined where there may be opportunities for agencies to place more services, which will better serve their clients and ultimately, employees across the country.

In addition to the small group sessions, attendees also had the opportunity to hear Peter Marathas and Stacy Barrow from Marathas, Barrow & Weatherhead LLP provide a compliance and reform update.

“While health care reform legislation is complex and challenging our members were able to bring clarity to the issues and understand the impact to clients and employees,,” said Perry Braun, BAN’s Executive Director. “Having access to expert partners, like Marathas, Barrow & Weatherhead LLP, our members are able to have a real exchange of ideas between firms which provides our members with the opportunity to sort through the issues while learning from each other.”

Braun continues, “Our conference offered another opportunity for all our members – who are the best of the best - to come together to freely and openly discuss the disruption our industry is experiencing.”

Other highlights of the conference included a presentation from Michael Schroeder of Roundstone that explored the ins and outs of Captives.  An introductory presentation was given by BAN’s new Medical Director, Kevin Trangle, M.D.  Rob Lieblein of Marsh Berry facilitated a special breakout of firm owners where they explored the disruptive potentials created by health care reform.  Throughout the conference members explored the myriad directions they can take together through BAN to help them fulfill the needs of their clients.

Benefit Advisors Network’s next conference will be held in February 2013.

About Benefit Advisors Network

Founded in 2002 by five agencies, BAN is an exclusive, premier, national network of independent, employee benefit brokerage and consulting companies. BAN delivers industry leading tools, technology, and expertise to member firms so that they can deliver optimum results to their employee benefit customers.BAN’s members, known as Smart Partners partly because of their highly collaborative interactions, are screened prior to being granted membership to ensure they distinguish themselves from their competitors through their knowledge of the industry, ethical approach, business acumen, and strategic vision.

To preserve and enhance the intimate level of sharing between the Smart Partners, BAN turns away more candidates than it accepts, ensuring that members are peers with the most progressive and innovative employee benefit consultants and brokers from throughout the country.

For more information about why your firm should consider working with a member of Benefit Advisors Network, visit

For information about how to become a Smart Partners, contact Steve Yarcusko at 440-338-3558 or Deane Elek at 440-528-0303