Public and Private Exchanges: Elaborate Cost Shifting or Do They Drive Results and Manage Costs?

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Learn how an exchange can advance a defined contribution approach for those seeking to manage costs.

This session examines the historic trend in employer plans and the impact on medical plans. The program will provide a roadmap to review if the exchange model and defined contribution approach will be helpful in managing your organization's costs. You will learn what has been driving medical costs as well updates around health care reform and the public exchanges. The presenters will share how private exchanges are evolving and strategies you can utilize to effectively manage medical plan costs

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 7:00am to 8:15am

Jay M. Kirschbaum

Jay M.

Jay has more than 30 years of experience as a tax attorney specializing in employee benefits.  Prior to joining World, Jay was a Sr. VP and Senior ERISA Attorney with Lockton was previously the national practice leader for the legal and research team at WT.W

Jay served as a Peace Corps volunteer and business consultant from 1979 to 1982. 

He has an LL.M.  in taxation from New York University School of Law, J.D. with distinction from the University of Arizona College of Law and a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis.  Jay is the former Chair of the American Benefits Council, an adjunct professor of employee benefits in the LL.M. program at Washington University School of Law.





Rob Harkins


Rob Harkins leads the Willis initiative for private exchanges, which focuses on a Defined Contribution approach and emphasizes cost control through a total population health management strategy. Harkins has over 30 years of experience at medical carriers, including UnitedHealthcare, Coventry and Prudential. Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales for Extend Health, the nation’s largest private exchange.

LVCC N206-208
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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
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