December 8, 2011—New England’s Best Benefits Practices of 2011, a daylong conference featuring the most innovative benefits programs in the region, was held December 8 in Waltham, Mass.  Six employers, including the Group Insurance Commission, were presented with a New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC)  Best Practices Award. 

 The Group Insurance Commission won the award for its state employee health insurance re-enrollment and limited network plan premium-holiday drive that will save employees an average of $1,400 for family coverage and the Commonwealth over $20 million.  Cindy McGrath, the GIC’s Communications Director, provided an overview of this program. 

 The other award winners included Ocean Spray, City Year, Eastern Bank, Staples and Vicor.

 NEEBC, Waltham, Mass., is a nonprofit with 1,400 members, including employers and providers of benefits consulting and services throughout New England.

Jack Curley (left), Executive Director of the New England Employee Benefits Council, presented the GIC with a 2011 Best Practices Award for the spring state employee health insurance re-enrollment and limited network premium incentive drive.  Accepting the award on behalf of the GIC were (left to right):  John Harney, GIC Chief Information Officer, Cindy McGrath, GIC Communications Director, Paul Murphy, GIC Director of Operations and Judy Settana, GIC Manager of the Public Information Unit.

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.