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New MCR&T 2019 Analysis

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
We wanted to share with you new infographics from Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas looking the big picture for 2019.
Click on this link to access:

Tags:  advocacy Cadillac Tax 

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As an ECFC member you stay up-to-date on news that affects the industry and your business.

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Monday, November 19, 2018
Our industry changes by the day, and even by the hour. Get immediate access to all the news and regulatory developments that are vital to your business and the industry with your ECFC membership.
You also benefit from communication between members, ECFC email updates, conference calls and informative resources on recent industry legislative developments. It’s all easily accessible for our members through the following ways:
 Register at to join our mailing list to receive periodic updates.
 Watch for the latest industry news on our website.
 Follow us on Twitter @goecfc.
 Join the ECFC group on LinkedIn.
By renewing your ECFC membership, you stay up-to-date on vital industry news that impacts your company daily.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Tags:  ECFC Membership 

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ECFC continuing education is a smart way to learn how to move your business forward.

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether your company is a leader in the field and wants to stay there, or is looking for ways to get to the top, ECFC continuing education can help. We offer members real world “working” knowledge of the industry through educational opportunities at seminars, workshops and classes.

Events like these help you grow professionally with peer-to-peer learning and mentorship for sharing knowledge. Here’s how renewing your ECFC membership for continuing education is beneficial to you:

• Attend one of the two conferences offered each year.

• Read the Flex Reporter for developments with cafeteria plans and service providers.

• Download up-to-date industry reports from our extensive website file library.

• Be part of our teleconference series featuring in-depth briefings on important topics by experts from ECFC, industry professionals and government decision makers.

• Enroll in our webinar series where in the past we’ve offered “teach-to-the-test” to help prepare members for the FCS and CFC exam.

Renewing your ECFC membership is the ideal approach to continue your continuing education. It’s another benefit we offer to help you learn and grown in your profession while providing a positive impact on your company.

Tags:  Continuing Education  ECFC Membership 

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Business success isn’t always what you know, but who you know.

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Achieving business goals in today’s highly competitive marketplace requires having the right knowledge base, insights and thinking power. While all this can take you a long way in business, knowing the right people can take you even further. It’s called networking.

This powerful business growth strategy can be achieved by renewing your ECFC membership where active members have the following networking opportunities:
1. Join an  ECFC committee to work with others who share your business interests
2. Attend our  two  conferences that are offered each year
3. Apply to give a presentation at our  Annual Symposium
4. Become a ECFC  certified  instructor and teach your peers
5. Update your  profile to better connect with other members
Whether you’re in search of new contacts, meeting prospects or gaining partners,our members are here for you to share ideas, solve problems, connect you with new growth paths, and open doors to opportunities you never thought possible. Now it’s all possible by renewing your ECFC membership today.

This is a reminder that it’s time to renew your organization's ECFC membership. Emails with a link to the Renewal Invoice have been sent to the person listed as the Primary Contact for each member organization. If you have questions about who this is in your organization please email

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The 2019 ECFC Membership Renewal Invoices Are Now Available

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Monday, October 15, 2018

Renewing your ECFC membership makes smart business sense.

This is a reminder that it’s time to renew your ECFC membership. Emails with a link to the Renewal Invoice were sent today to the person listed as the Primary Contact for each member organization. If you have questions about who this is in your organization please email

We look forward to your continued involvement in our trade association that is in the business of helping your business succeed. Here are eight areas where ECFC provides value to members like you:

            • Networking

            • Training and Education

            • Certification

            • Influence

            • Information

            • Best Practices

            • Exchange of Ideas

            • Business Relationships

Over the next few weeks we will be breaking down each of these value benefits in a series of informative emails and blog posts. You’ll learn how we help your business through the advocacy, education, advancement, and innovation of tax-advantaged benefit programs that facilitate choice for employers and their employees.

So, renew your ECFC membership today. And renew your opportunities to help your business keep moving in one direction: forward.


Tags:  membership renewals 

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2018 Mid-Year Devenir HSA Reseach is Out

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The new 2018 Mid-Year Devenir HSA Research has been released and the Executive Summary is now available in here in the Industry Reports File Library on

Tags:  Devenir  HSA  research 

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Thanks for a Great Symposium

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thanks to everyone who attended the 31st Annual Symposium in La Jolla last week. What a great conference!

We hope that you enjoyed being among the first to see the new We Are ECFC video and to explore the new website with all its improvements including a new Learning Center. The keynote message delivered by Art Barter started us off with fresh insights into what it means to be a leader. We know that you will enjoy reading his Servant Leadership II book provided compliments of Discovery Benefits.

As always, we all benefited from the legislative and technical information and insights provided by Dean Rosen and Sohini Gupta from Mehlman Castinetti, and Alston & Bird's John Hickman and Ashley Gillihan.

Day-two featured 15 in-depth workshop sessions delivered by top industry experts. And, those who stayed for Thursday morning's session were able to interact directly with an IRS representative and be part of the "studio audience" that witnessed the first ever episode of 213(d) Jeopardy.

Of course, as with all ECFC events, it was not all work and no play. To end our first day, we were treated to a Welcome Reception by VISA. Wednesday evening was packed with fun starting with a wine and cheese reception provided by Alegeus and a nightcap reception sponsored by DataPath featuring a sundae bar and beverages.

We also enjoyed a beautiful conference facility, great camaraderie and all the outstanding restaurants, sights, and activities that are exclusive to La Jolla and San Diego.

Thanks, again to the ECFC Conference Committee and the Education Committee for the work you do to make the event happen and to ensure that the content is the best possible. Also, thanks to the Membership Committee and the work you do to make First-Time Attendees feel welcome. Lastly, thanks to all of our Sponsors without whom the event would not be possible the event possible.

We have already begun to plan next year's Annual Symposium which will be at the Westin in Cincinnati, August 6-8. We hope to see you there and we can explore together all that the Queen City has to offer.






Tags:  Ecfc  Symposium 

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GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Are you looking for some insight into what the Senate might pass this fall? Check out this article in The Hill.

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For 2019, Employers Adjust Health Benefits as Costs Near $15,000 per Employee

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

With the cost of employer-sponsored health care benefits expected to approach $15,000 per employee next year, large U.S. employers continue to make changes, new research reveals.

Many want to hold down cost increases and are steering employees toward cost-effective service providers, such as telehealth options and high-value in-plan provider networks, according to the nonprofit National Business Group on Health (NBGH) survey 2019 Large Employers' Health Care Strategy and Plan Design. The survey was conducted from May to June with 170 large employers as they finalized their 2019 health plan choices; more than 60 percent of respondents belong to the Fortune 500.

Health benefit costs are still rising at two times the rate of wage increases and three times general inflation, "making this [cost] trend unaffordable and unsustainable over the long term," Brian Marcotte, NBGH president and CEO, said at an Aug. 7 press conference in Washington, D.C.

Read more.

Tags:  Health care costs  NBGH  SHRM 

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Healthcare consumerism 2018: An update on the journey

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Monday, August 13, 2018

McKinsey’s latest healthcare consumer research suggests that consumer engagement can improve care access, quality, and affordability. But to be successful, it requires true collaboration.

McKinsey’s 2017 Consumer Health Insights (CHI) Survey yielded several findings with important implications for health insurers, providers, and other industry stakeholders.1 Four important themes emerged:

  • Affordability. The affordability of healthcare continues to be one of the most pressing consumer concerns and needs
  • Continuity. Many consumers lack continuity in their healthcare ecosystem (e.g., in care delivery or health insurance)
  • Digital. An increasing number of consumers are using digital healthcare tools, and interest in greater digital engagement continues to rise
  • Engagement. Consumers are willing to engage in solutions to reduce healthcare costs, but most believe that they cannot do so today

Download a copy of the report here.


Tags:  consumerism  healthcare 

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