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Keeping it in the Family: Including Spouses and Dependents in your Wellness Programs

Skill Building Session III
Title: Keeping it in the family: Including Spouses and Dependents in your Wellness Programs
Speakers: Amy Richter, CHES, CWPM, Health Management Consultant, Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting and Sarah Fowles, JD, HR Consultant, Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting
Description: By excluding spouses and dependents from your wellness program, your company is missing a huge piece of the wellness puzzle. The social support of family can have a huge impact on your employee’s health outcomes, and the wellness of family members can impact your health plan’s bottom line. 
•    Highlight innovative spouse and dependent wellness activities taking hold in today’s workplaces and their potential ROI
•    The legal boundaries that exist to including spouses and dependents 
•    Present a decision-making framework your company can use to decide whether and how to include spouses and dependents


Speaker Biography:  
Amy joined Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting in 2010 with a background in promoting health and wellness in both the public and private sector. Her education and work experiences have provided her with unique skill sets, including wellness project management from strategic development through implementation and evaluation. Her ability to create well-rounded, results-oriented wellness programs is complemented by her problem-solving skills and ability to think outside of the box.

Sarah Fowles is a Senior HR Consultant with Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting. She provides employer-focused guidance on human resources matters. With an emphasis on employee benefits and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), she helps to translate the complexity of employment laws into understandable action items that meet a client’s business goals. She regularly works with manufacturers, health systems, public employers, educational and tax-exempt institutions and professional services companies.   Prior to joining Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting, Sarah was in private practice with Quarles & Brady where she handled numerous complex benefits matters, including the transition of benefit plans in large corporate acquisitions, de-risking solutions in pension plans, contested health plan claims, DOL and IRS audits and the implementation of ACA-compliant health plan solutions.

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