SIIA International Annual Meeting: See you in Miami!

As a member of the Self Insurance Institute of America’s International Committee, I want to personally invite our readers to the SIIA International Conference, May 14-16, 2019 to be held at the JW Marriott, Miami, FL.

Miami is a hub for global business activities and the upcoming event promises to include perspectives from around the world.

The program is stellar and there will be opportunities to listen, learn and network.  With a special focus on telehealth and telemedicine, these presentations by industry leaders provide attendees with a unique lens on the international self-insurance industry.  

Please visit www.SIIA.orgto register and take advantage of the special room rates.

The schedule of events speaks volumes – so please plan on joining us in Florida.

Laura Carabello


International Conference

JW Marriott

Miami, FL

May 14-16, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.First Time Attendee Networking 

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Welcome Reception 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.             Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.             Welcome Remarks


Mike Ferguson

President & CEO

Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc.

Liz Mariner-Ford


 SIIA International Committee

8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.           International Self-Insurance Strategies 

 Employers now have self-funded options for benefit plans that cover International Benefit exposures. Our panel of experts will discuss Employer Stop loss, Captives and related Services that are currently available.


Philippe de Dreuzy  

Country Manager – USA 

AXA Partners

Harvey Mitgang 

MHS International 

Les Boughner


Advantage Insurance Management (USA) LLC

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.         Networking Break

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.         Global Telemedicine- The Past, Present and Future 

Part A: Making Telemedicine Work with International Plan Participants

This session will explore the cultural, linguistic and logistical challenges faced by employers who wish to provide telemedicine options for their local and international plan participants. Practical advice will be provided on how to overcome these challenges in order to make quality health care more accessible for employees based both within and outside of the United States.


Richard Heinzl  

Global Medical Director


 Elliot Mondrow 


Equatel Health

Robb Suchecki

Hola Doctor 

Dr. Jonathan Wiesen, MD



12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.           Hosted Luncheon

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Global Telemedicine- The Past, Present and Future 

Part B: Connecting the Dots to Maximize Telemedicine ROI

Telemedicine is most effective when it is offered in concert with multiple complementary strategies involving data analytics, wellness implementation teams, corporate HR and Finance support, and proactive employee communications. This session will connect these and other dots to help your organization structure a telemedicine program in a way that is most likely to deliver positive results for your employees and your bottom line.


Mario Anglada


Hoy Health  

Neil Gordon



Michael King 

Chief Growth Officer


3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Networking Break    

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Health Insuretech

The health-tech industry is booming.  Investments have taken off with venture capitalists pouring billions into start-ups, many of which are having a disruptive – and yet really positive – effect on insurance.  New technologies in the wellness economy are expanding as consumers seek products and experiences that promote health and well-being – with significant impact on improving the cost effectiveness of self-insurance solutions for healthcare.  A leading expert with a 30-year background as a successful entrepreneur will share first hand stories from start-up companies that focus on healthcare services.


Brij Sharma 

  Managing Partner

Naples Technology Ventures

Carmen Effron 

Founder & President

C F Effron Company

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Networking Reception

Thursday, May 16, 2019

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.             Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.             Global Disability Trends

 A 35-year-old has a 50% chance of becoming disabled for more than a 90-day period before age 65 – and yet disability protection is much less prevalent than say life or health insurance. Disability providers in the US and internationally offer an array of fully insured and self-funded solutions with a variety of absence management and claims support services designed to streamline the process and get employees back to work as soon as reasonably possible. The disability provider’s data also reflects the effects of an aging workforce, medical advances, and the power of early intervention.

This session will provide an overview of market ‘best practices’ in the US and key countries in Europe and LatAm where privately insured disability solutions are prevalent and evolving – and increasingly in demand by Employers and Employees alike.


Jonathan Callund  

Representante Cono Sur


   Jennifer Fleck, FSA, MAAA  

    Consulting Actuary-Milliman

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Europe Market Update — London and Beyond 

After several years of focusing primarily on Latin America, SIIA International is broadening our scope again. Our panel features two people directly involved in the European insurance and healthcare market. First, current developments at Lloyd’s of London will be discussed, providing insight into “the world’s insurance marketplace” at this seminal moment that Brexit is underway. Then hear about the changing health insurance models in Continental Europe, including opportunities for access to lower cost medical and prescription drugs afforded to American consumers.  This session will provide an industry snapshot of the United States’ largest trading partner at this historical juncture. 


Pascal Orliac 



Daniel Revilla

Regional Head of LatAm

Lloyds of London 

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Past and Future Perspectives of Self-Funding in Mexico

This session will discuss personal experiences of self-funding in Mexico from an employer and provider perspective. 


Carlos Chávez 

General Manager

NOVA clinic

Jorge Rodríguez

Healthcare Risk Management Director, LATAM Global Excel

12:00 p.m.                               Conference Concludes

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