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Following the passage of ERISA and similar laws, third party administrators needed an organization which was committed to providing them information, education and a voice in their state as well as in the capitol. HCAA was formed in 1980 as the Independent Administrators Association, a California-based not-for-profit that acted as a legislative and regulatory advisory group for third party administrators and related service providers. In 1998, the Independent Administrators Association rebranded itself as HCAA – the Health Care Administrators Association - and adopted as its guiding mission the support of third party administrators and the self funded industry.
The Health Care Administrators Association is the nation’s most prominent nonprofit trade association supporting the education, networking, resource and advocacy needs of benefit administrators (TPAs), stop loss insurance carriers, managing general underwriters, audit firms, medical managers, technology organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, brokers/agents, human resource managers, plan sponsors and health care consultants. For almost 40 years, HCAA has taken a leadership role in transforming the self-funding industry, and increasing the importance of self-funding as an important alternative in the health care delivery systems of our country.
HCAA holds two conferences each year to gather the membership to talk about strategic and timely issues affecting them. Each conference is designed to both educate and to bring members together to network and to share ideas that will move both their companies, and the industry, forward.
The first conference is the Executive Forum held every February. This annual conference, usually in Las Vegas, offers a program covering strategic ideas focused toward our member companies' Executive leadership. The conferences provide critical points of view, often disruptive, that are meant to challenge and to provoke thought, while educating the attendees.
The second HCAA conference is the TPA Summit, which is held every summer, usually in July. This conference now expanded, offers separate themes with paths to choose from – Leadership, Sales/Marketing, Operations and Emerging Leaders. The conference focuses on the information and process needs of benefit administrators and the self funded industry.