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  • Hylant September Seminar register by 9/16 – ACA: Employer Reporting Requirements and Technology Solutions for 2015

    For information and registration: Hylant September Seminar

    Seminars Options 8:00 am to 11:am:

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Somerset Inn 2601 W. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI 48084

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Novi Sheraton 21111 Haggerty Rd. Novi, MI 48375

    Due to limited seating, registration is required by Wednesday, September 16, 2015. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Donna Coleman at 248-822-0312 or


    Holly M. Wahl MHP, HIA Vice President Compliance & Communications

    Scott Millson Principal HR Technology Advisory Firm MillsonJames, LLC

    For employers with 50 or more full-time employees, understanding the latest employee benefits compliance requirements is crucial to your company.

    Join Hylant for one of two informative seminars as they review the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sections 6055 and 6056 employer reporting requirements and how to report appropriately in various situations. Additionally, Hylant’s  consultants will share an assessment of the latest technology in the marketplace designed to assist employers in compiling the required information and reporting to the IRS. Market demand for ACA technology and services has reached a point where it has outstripped the available supply. This market dynamic has caused many providers to either stop taking on new business or increase prices. In any event, the time is right to assess your current situation and identify the appropriate ACA reporting partner.

    This session is not simply an overview of the requirements, but a detailed review of situations such as the following:

    • Are you prepared to report information on all full-time employees, including those who may be covered by a separate multi-employer plan through a collective bargaining agreement?

    • Do you know when you need to report COBRA offers of coverage to individuals and when you don’t?

    • Are you prepared to field employee questions regarding why they’re receiving this information, and why the number of forms they received is different than the number of forms received by their spouse?

    • Have you addressed how you will capture retroactive changes, such as when an employee acquires a new dependent in December, but doesn’t notify you until January?

    Hylant Pending Approval by HRCI for 2.0 Hours of CE Credit This program is pending approval by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for 2.0 hours of continuing education and re-certification credit.

  • Michigan Purchasers Health Alliance (MichPHA) cordially invites MWC members to their2015 Annual Fall Conference at the member rate

    Michigan Purchasers Health Alliance (MichPHA) cordially invites MWC members to their 2015 Annual Fall Conference at the member rate. 


    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


    Washtenaw Community College Campus

    Morris Lawrence Building

    4800 E. Huron River Drive

    Ann Arbor, MI 48106

    Challenge: For the past few years employers have been making benefit plan changes to respond to the ACA. One of the major tools for employers is Population Health. This conference is designed to provide information that is RELEVENT to that benefit addition/expansion and implementation.

    Confirmed Speakers:

    Jan Berger, MD, MJ – President and CEO of Health Intelligence Partners and previously was Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for CVS Caremark.

    Scott Conard, MDDeveloped a clinical data repository related to information dealing with laboratories, medicines, etc. and also developed a clinical dashboard for diabetes, cardiac care, cholesterol, blood pressure and other clinical parameters.

    Dee Edington, PhD – Founder of Edington & Associates, author Zero Trends and soon to be published Shared Values Shared Results.

    Victor L. Villanueva – Roc Group, Consultant on Employee Communications and Engagement.

    Jonathan So – Detroit Regional Chamber, Health Forward


    Member Fee is $55

    Non-Member Fee is $99

    Table or Group Discounts are available


    Please send: Name, Address, Company Affiliation, Phone # & E-mail to:

    Jennifer Beford


    Marilyn Bell

    Phone & Fax: 269-668-4149 or mail to:

    8750 W S Ave.
    Schoolcraft, MI 49087

     Questions? Sponsorships?

    Please contact:

    Marilyn Bell

    Phone & Fax: 269-668-4149

  • Nominations Open: Michigan’s 2015 Best and Brightest Companies in Wellness®

    Deadline for Nominations is August 28, 2015: Michigan’s 2015 Best and Brightest Companies in Wellness

    The Best and Brightest In Wellness is an innovative initiative that recognizes and celebrates quality and excellence in health awareness. This unique program highlights companies, schools, faith-based groups, and organizations that promote a culture of wellness; and those that plan, implement, and evaluate efforts in employee wellness to make their business and the community a healthier place to live and work.

    There are four separate pools for scoring that include:
    – Corporations
    – Wellness Providers
    – Schools
    – Faith-Based Organizations

    All companies, no matter what type, can be a Best and Brightest in Wellness, building better business, creating richer lives, and growing stronger communities. The event is October 8, 2015 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, MI.

  • Board member named finalist for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Award

    Ulliance President and CEO Kent Sharkey is a Finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Award

    Michigan Wellness Council is proud to have among its leadership, Kent Sharkey, whose work in the health field and advancing workplace wellness initiatives is being recognized by Ernst & Young for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Please see the press release below to learn more.


    TROY, Mich. (May 1, 2015) – EY has selected Kent Sharkey, president, chief executive officer and founder of Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Awards in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. The award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

    Sharkey’s entrepreneurial spirit began at a young age of 8 when he founded his first business. Sharkey, a University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate, formed Ulliance in 1990 to offer employee assistance programs (EAP), counseling, coaching, and crisis incident management services. In its 25 years under Sharkey’s leadership, Ulliance has grown its service lines to include wellness programs and training services, organizational and leadership development consulting, an ethics reporting hotline, and career transition services. Today, Ulliance serves 260 organizations, nearly one million covered members across 41 industries including Fortune 500 companies with record revenue in 2014.

    “Ulliance was formed with one mission in mind: to make a difference in the lives of the people we help. I’m proud to lead a great team that lends emotional support to people’s work and personal lives,” said Sharkey. “It’s an honor to be recognized among many Michigan and Ohio entrepreneurs competing for this prestigious business award.”

     Sharkey was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 11, 2015 at the Cobo Grand Ballroom in Detroit.

    Now in its 29th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities across more than 60 countries throughout the world.

     Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

     Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

    About Ulliance, Inc.

    Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) is celebrating 25 years as an international service company headquartered in Troy, Michigan. Ulliance provides human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, coaching, career transition services, and crisis management to more than 260 organizations across the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe serving nearly one million people. Since 1990, Ulliance’s team has assisted organizations of various sizes to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs while increasing employee productivity and retention. For more information about Ulliance, please visit or call (866) 648-8326.

    About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

    EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

    About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice

    EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

    About EY

    EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

    EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit

  • HERO Leadership Awards: Nominate an Individual who has made an impact with Wellness by April 30th!

    Now in its sixth year, the HERO Leadership Awards are the premier vehicle for nationally recognizing the impact that one individual can have on their organization and even the entire wellness industry. They are a way to honor those who have also devoted their careers to promoting health and well-being and implementing innovative and effective EHM strategies. To nominate an individual who has made significant contributions to the daily operations of your wellness initiative or a C-level executive wellness champion, please go to the HERO Awards page ( before April 30 and complete a simple nomination form to enter their name for the 2015 awards!

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