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2017 Governing Council Candidates

This year's Nominating Committee has recommended three candidates for election to the Governing council, the nine-member body that oversees the Society's finances and policies. The recommendations were approved by the current Governing Council. If elected, these candidates will serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2017. The candidates are:

Adrienne J. McGrath, CEBS
Senior Account Executive
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston, MA

Donna M. Pierson, CEBS
Manager, Benefits and compensation
Milwaukee Center for Independence
Milwaukee, WI

Ryan A. Siemers, CEBS
Aegis Risk LLC
Alexandria, VA

Read more about the candidates.

2017 ISCEBS Committee Volunteers

Step up and volunteer for a national committee! Use your enthusiasm to help shape and mold the Society for the future.

The Governing Council will be making committee appointments for 2017. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Symposium Education, Membership and Local Chapter, or Professional Development committees, click here for more information (including committee descriptions) and a volunteer form. Deadline for nominations is November 15th.

Each committee meets in-person once per calendar year; attendance is required for committee appointment. Additional conference calls as needed will occur throughout the year. [Nomination form] (10/3/16)

Aegis Risk Medical Stop-Loss Premium Survey Findings

This year’s survey, its tenth year with ISCEBS, reflects the ongoing rise in stop-loss premiums and a continued commitment to employer-sponsored, self-funded health plans. The occurrence of truly catastrophic claimants—in excess of $1 million—is further verified with over 18% of respondents reporting such a claimant in the last two policy years.

Stop loss remains the primary focus of risk management, with interest in private exchanges nearly disappearing at 1% amongst respondents. Captive arrangements show increased interest, but still slight at 14%. Additional updates are provided on individual stop-loss deductible by employer size and other coverage provisions, including aggregate stop loss. The primary focus of the survey remains current premium rates, as shown in the following graphs and tables. Stop-loss premium reflecting over 560,000 covered employees is measured. Read the full survey findings. (10/11/16)

2016 CPE Event

Count on the Society for all of your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit needs!

Looking to earn your CEBS CPE credits for the current reporting cycle? Still need to squeeze in a few more credits this year for insurance or another license or designation? The Society is pleased to continue offering the CPE Event for members. Earn credit with a complimentary e-learning course, or view one of the select recorded sessions from the 2016 Symposium. [More Information] (10/20/2016)

2016 Election: Employee Benefit Issues

From health care transparency to paid family leave, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans' 2016 Election: Employee Benefits Issues survey report examines campaign issues greatly impacting American workplaces.  With the 2016 election right around the corner, employers are gearing up for proposed changes and taking a stance on different platforms. Respondents answered survey questions from the perspective of their role as a plan sponsor/fiduciary. [Read More] (10/20/16)

What's New in ACA University?

ACA University is a virtual environment that provides the essential information needed to work though the changes ACA will bring to the industry, your daily responsibilities and health care's long-term future. Access to ACA University is included with Society membership. Recently released information includes:

  • Blog: The Scoop on the New ACA 1094-C and 1095-C Forms.
  • FAQ: Is each ALE member required to file electronically where the total number of 1095-C Forms filed by members of an aggregated ALE group exceeds 250 even though each ALE member files fewer than 250?
  • ACA FAQ Part 33 Addresses Premium Reduction Arrangements for Student Health Plan Coverage.

View these documents and more now. [Registration is required] (10/25/16)

Report Your CEBS Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

Enter, view or edit your CPE activities and credits through your International Foundation profile. Log in at and click "Manage Your CPE Credits" to the right of your name. The username or login is your 6- or 8-digit member number and the password is traditionally your last name. If you need assistance, please contact the CEBS customer service team during business hours at 800-449-2327, option 3 or


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