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EBPA & WP&BC 2021 Spring Seminar

  • May 06, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Virtual- Zoom Platform


  • Morning Session begin promptly at 9:00 am. Be sure you log in before start time.
  • Register for all day https://wpbcseattle.org/event-4203925
    Use code: EBPA2021Mem for special member price
  • Visit WP&BC Seattle https://wpbcseattle.org/event-4203925

    For Member Pricing use code: EBPA2021Mem

    Afternoon Sessions will begin promptly at 11:15am and will end after Kenda Kosco Isaacson and optional virtual sponsors reception at 4:45pm
  • Register for morning only - https://wpbcseattle.org/event-4203925; Use code: EBPA2021Mem for special member price
  • Morning sessions begin promptly at 9:00 am. Be sure you log in before the start time.

    Register for all day https://wpbcseattle.org/event-4203925
  • Morning Session begin promptly at 9:00 am. Be sure you log in before start time.
  • Visit WP&BC Seattle https://wpbcseattle.org/event-4203925

    Afternoon Sessions will begin promptly at 11:15am and will end after Kenda Kosco Isaacson and optional virtual sponsors reception at 4:45pm

Online registration is closed. If you need to register,

contact the EBPA office - 206.653.7259

The focus of the 2021 Virtual Spring Seminar is to provide tools, knowledge and new ideas to help all participants. This year’s virtual seminar will bring key industry updates necessary to stay current as benefits professionals.

The day begins at 8:45 am with the EBPA Hosted Morning Agenda.  Midday keynote speaker is Dave Chase, Health Rosetta. The afternoon is Hosted by WP&BC Seattle Chapter featuring breakout sessions, and Kendra Kosco Isaacson, US Senate HELP Committee. Rounding out the day is a lively and fun Sponsors' Reception!  

And this year we are pleased to bring you a second keynote presentation by Kendra Kosko Isaacson.

At the end of the day, join us at the Sponsors' Reception for your chance to network and earn prizes!  Top prize is a $150 Nordstrom gift card.

Looking for WA OIC credit?  The following sessions are approved:  

9:00 am- Direct Contracting (1 CE)

10:00 am- Long Term Care/Washington Trust (1 CE)

12:45 pm- Pandemic Impacts of Benefit Plans (1CE)

or 12:45 pm- Cybersecurity: Plan Impacts (1 CE)

2:00 pm- Jagged Little Pill- Pharmacy Landscape ( CE)

9:00 - 10:00 am - Direct Contracting: Achieving Benefit Cost Savings and Improving Member Experience  

Too often when managing benefits we make trade-offs between the cost of our health plan and the ease of use for our employees. Why does it seem that the cheapest plans cause the most questions and/or problems? What if that didn’t have to be the case? A new approach around direct contracting has been developed, the focus of this presentation, making it easier to access care, lower your costs and boost the quality of health outcomes for members.

Session attendees will learn about the following:

  • Best practices and strategies for success from innovative new models of direct contracting
  • Why value-based approaches are gaining traction and taking off including client successes
  • How results from cost savings and improved outcomes are achieved including increased employee engagement
  •  Practical tips and tools that help evaluate and determine your organization's readiness
  • Applying lessons learned from large employers to fit the needs of smaller to mid-sized companies


David LaMarche     

Chief Administrative Officer

Eastside Health Network (EHN)

David LaMarche joined Eastside Health Network (EHN) in May 2017. David is an experienced health care professional with over 23 years of experience in managed care contracting, business development, finance and clinical operations. He is responsible for the leadership facets of EHN including strategy, contacting, network development, and quality. David also provides oversight for the organization’s key operational functionalities. Prior to his time at EHN, David spent nearly 20 years at Virginia Mason where he developed and expanded at-risk and population-based payment models with performance measures linked to risk- adjusted total cost of care and quality metrics. He also led strategic planning related to health care reform, reimbursement trends and new business opportunities. David earned an MBA from Anaheim University’s Akio Morita School of Business and a B.A. in Business Administration from Washington State University.

Jaja Okigwe

President & CEO

First Choice Health (FCH)

Jaja Okigwe joined First Choice Health in April 2018 as CEO. With 20 years of healthcare industry experience, Okigwe brings with him a portfolio of expertise that will drive strategy and innovation. Jaja previously worked with Premera Blue Cross serving as Director of Operations, then Vice President of Special Products Development where he led the strategic planning for Stop Loss that resulted in a 20 percent increase in new business. In 2007, he assumed the role of Vice President of Strategic Development and in 2014, was promoted to Senior Vice President of that same division. Jaja is well-positioned to lead First Choice Health as we continue to adapt and innovate in the ever-changing health landscape.

Anisha Sood

Chief Financial & Strategy Officer

First Choice Health (FCH)

Anisha joined First Choice Health from investment firm Echo Health Ventures, a joint collaboration between two BlueCross BlueShield insurance companies, where she led investments in venture and growth-stage healthcare technology and services companies. During her time at Echo, Anisha also served on the Board of Directors for a number of the firm’s portfolio companies. Anisha has spent her career in healthcare, previously consulting for the Gates Foundation and working in Credit Suisse’s Healthcare group as a Vice President of Investment Banking in New York. She received her MBA from Carnegie Mellon and BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

10:00 - 11:00 am - Long Term Care / Washington Trust - 

This session will cover:

LTC Basics – definition, types of care, cost of care, risk of needing care, Medicare, Medicaid 

WA Trust – plan design, triggering of benefit, vesting, important dates, who’s eligible for the plan, employee process to opt out of tax, employer process for processing payroll taxes

Payroll Tax compared to LTC insurance

LTC Market – LTC Carriers offerings 

Employers with a LTC Plan – What to consider 

Employers looking for a LTC Plan – What to consider


Christine McCullugh


LTC Solutions

Christine McCullugh’s career began with American Express LTC in Boston, moving to the Northwest in 1992 to manage the Oregon American Express LTC office. In 1996 she started LTC Solutions, Inc. and has become recognized by insurance companies, benefit brokers and employers as a national expert in group LTC insurance. LTC Solutions is headquartered in Redmond with 30+ employees and over 300 employer clients nationwide. 

Christine is a speaker, consultant, and member of AHIP’s Long-Term Care Curriculum Review Committee, offering insights that are helping shape the future of LTC insurance. She provides expertise with the most up to date information of the LTC market.  Recently she was brought in to testified at the WA Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee HB 1323 supporting an amendment to extend the opt out to 12/31/2021.  This will provide more time for the committee to study opportunities for greater coordination between the private market and the trust program. 

11:15 - 12:30pm - Keynote:  The Future We Choose 

We are living through what will be looked back as the single biggest inflection point of our lifetimes. Every community will make an explicit decision to advance or move further backwards on community well-being. From Florida to Alaska, we have inspiring stories and the blueprint behind the great news that we already invest enough money to expect world class healthcare and fund what drives the other 80+% of health outcomes.

Dave Chase, Creator, Health Rosetta

Chase leads the vision for Health Rosetta which is to empower community-owned health plans. Health Rosetta’s blueprint and platform powers the health plans of your dreams: high quality, trustworthy, local, affordable care -- that you thought had disappeared forever -- from caregivers we know & trust. We free up compassionate, well-trained, community-based caregivers to rediscover love in medicine so they can do what they have always been called to do: serve their patients not just in disease, but toward their fullest health. A trusted & sacred caregiver-patient bond is built through transparency & openness that equips and empowers patients wherever they can best achieve their unique health goals -- at home or any setting best optimizing their well-being. By avoiding the 50% wasted healthcare spending, we can ensure our caregivers have the independence & resources to address the psychosocial and medical issues their patients face. Human-centered health plans restore health, hope & well-being. 

Through best-selling books & The Resident (on FOX), where Chase serves as a consultant, collateral damage from the Extractive Era of healthcare is highlighted as well as the tremendous successes & opportunities with Health Rosetta-type health plans. The books, writing for various media outlets, TED talk and TV/film have reached over 10 million people with the goal of informing, enraging, empowering and activating a broad grassroots movement designed to restore hope, health & well-being to our communities. Chase received the Health Value Awards' Lifetime Achievement for Health Benefits Innovation at the 2020 World Health Care Congress.

Chase co-founded Avado which was acquired by & integrated into WebMD/Medscape and founded Microsoft's $3B, 28,000 partner healthcare ecosystem.

Afternoon Agenda: 

Hosted by the WP&BC Seattle chapter

Register for the AFTERNOON sessions or  FULL DAY HERE.  

12:45-1:45pm -  Concurrent Sessions 

Cybersecurity:  Plan Impacts

Pandemic Impacts on Benefit Plans

1:45 - 2:00pm -  Break

2:00-3:00pm -  Concurrent Sessions

What's New with Emergency Savings Accounts

What's New with Emergency Spending Accounts

3:00-3:15pm - Break

3:15-4:15pm Keynote:  Washington DC Update

Kendra Kosco Isaacson, US Senate HELP Committee

4:15-4:45pm - Sponsor's Reception with Prizes

A BIG Thank You to our Event Sponsors




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