Lessons Learned from the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting
August 7, 2013I spent the past two days attending the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting in Atlanta. ASAE is the trade association for people like me who manage trade groups (yes, there is an association for associations) and it’s a tremendous source of ideas and information about everything from effective political advocacy techniques to the latest in convention and meeting management tools. The meeting attracts nearly 5,000 association executives from every kind of group you could imagine, which makes it a great place to compare the Alliance's performance to similar groups across the country. Here are a few of the most intriguing lessons I learned from this week’s event: The PPACA is on everyone’s mind… Trade association executives are doubly impacted by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). They are both purchasers of health care insurance for their employees and representatives of their members’ best interest as consumers of health care coverage. Not surprisingly, there were several sessions on how the PPACA is going to impact trade groups and their members. I attended a blue ribbon panel of experts in the field and they all agreed on the following points:
- Purchasers of group medical insurance will see rate increases of 15-50% in the next year, depending on the size and composition (percentage of young employees vs. percentage of older employees) of the group.
- The majority of states are opting out of forming the health insurance exchanges that were supposed to drive competition and lower prices; this means the federal government will likely operate the only exchange for consumers in many states.
- As a result of rising premiums many employers will “de-couple” the long-standing relationship between employment and group health coverage. Instead, employers will provide their employees with access to Health Saving Accounts or simply offer a stipend for them to purchase individual health care through either the state or federal exchange.
- All of this will combine to result in a “single-payer” system with a “buy up” option in the U.S. within the next decade.
- Want to learn more about how the PPACA will affect you and your society? Make sure to attend the Workshop entitled “Navigating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What Employers and Consumers Don’t Know Can Kill Them (Really!)” at the Alliance’s Annual Meeting next month. You’ll get the information you need to make the most informed choices about your employees’ and your family’s health care coverage from experts on this notoriously confusing law.