Health care reform assessed from employer's view in WMU talk

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KALAMAZOO--A view of health care reform from the employer's perspective will come into sharper focus when a visiting health economics expert speaks at Western Michigan University as part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Anne Crumlish, a principal and health care actuary at Aon Hewitt's health care and benefits practice based in Atlanta, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. Her presentation, titled "Health Care Reform Legislation ... The Employer's Perspective," is free and open to the public.

Crumlish manages a wide range of consulting engagements related to broad health and welfare benefits with a focus on strategy, design and financial management of benefit programs. She is a key member of Aon Hewitt's national health care reform team, serving as a health care reform expert on compliance, financial and strategic issues for numerous clients across the country.

Crumlish is a regular speaker on the subject of health care reform and its impact on employers, insurers, health care providers and the community. She has more than 10 year's experience in the health and welfare consulting industry.

Crumlish has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Colby College and a master's in mathematics from the University of Texas. She is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Crumlish also serves on the corporate advisory council of the International Association of Black Actuaries.

The Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. The series is annually cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and the Medical Humanities Workgroup of WMU.