ECFC Hosts 38th Annual Conference on Healthcare Consumerism with Focus on Educating New Members of Congress

With 100 new members in Congress following the 2018 mid-term elections, the 38th ECFC Annual Conference taking place March 20-22, 2019 in Washington, D.C. could be one of the most important meetings for the healthcare consumerism organization in recent history. ECFC is the leading nonprofit organization promoting choice in benefit solutions.

While every ECFC annual conference has a key role in advancing our advocacy and education around tax-advantaged benefits, this years meeting takes on even more importance because of the many new faces in Congress, said Martin Trussell, executive director of ECFC. Our conference and the scheduled visits on Capitol Hill with congressional members and staffers represent a great opportunity for our members to get to know this new group of legislators as well as make their voices heard to protect and advance benefits such as HSAs and FSAs.

In addition to the Capitol Hill visits, the 38th ECFC Annual Conference will feature congressional speakers, in-depth briefings, inside the beltway speakers, regulatory agency, and technical panels.

Serving as keynote speaker for ECFCs annual conference will be J. Kevin A. McKechnie, the founder and executive director of the Health Savings Account (HSA) Council at the American Bankers Association. He is also senior vice president and director of the ABAs Office of Insurance Advocacy. McKechnie is an expert in healthcare, HSAs, insurance and government relations.

Additional ECFC Annual Conference session speakers will include:

  • Jody L. Dietel, ACFCI, CAS, WageWorks
  • David Castagnetti, Sage Eastman and Helen Tolar with Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc
  • John Hickman, Alston + Bird, LLP Health Benefits Practice
  • Ashley Gillihan, Esq., Alston + Bird.
  • Stephen LaGarde, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Kevin Knopf, IRS Office of Chief Counsel Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, and Employment Taxes Division
  • Bridget Tombul, IRS Office of Chief Counsel Income Tax and Accounting Division
  • Amy Wei, IRS Office of Chief Counsel Income Tax and Accounting Division

The conference offers an opportunity to earn 10 CE Units toward Certification Continuing Education while networking with other members. For more information on the 38th Annual Conference, go to

About ECFC

ECFC is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and expanding employee benefit programs on a tax-advantaged basis. ECFC represents and promotes employee benefit programs through effective lobbying and provides education and awareness to members, compensation practitioners, national opinion leaders and the general public to help advance healthcare consumerism. ECFC, which was founded in 1981 as the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation, is the single organization that focuses its efforts on preserving, protecting and defending the tax-advantaged programs currently available to working families through employer plan sponsors.

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