FORM 4
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      

1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *

Wegner Alpana
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol

Benefitfocus, Inc. [ BNFT ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)

_____ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
Chief Financial Officer
(Last)          (First)          (Middle)

100 BENEFITFOCUS WAY
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)

12/20/2022
(Street)

CHARLESTON, SC 29492
(City)        (State)        (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)

 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)

_X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 12/20/2022  H(1)  238720 D$0.00 222225 D  
Common Stock 12/20/2022  J(1)(2)  238720 (2)A$0.00 460945 D  
Common Stock 12/20/2022  F  109860 (3)D$10.45 351085 D  
Common Stock 12/20/2022  H(4)  49033 D$0.00 302052 D  
Common Stock 12/20/2022  J(4)  67303 (4)A$0.00 369355 D  
Common Stock 12/20/2022  F  30980 (3)D$10.45 338375 D  

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security3. Trans. Date3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4)10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4)11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
CodeV(A)(D)Date ExercisableExpiration DateTitleAmount or Number of Shares
Performance Restricted Stock Units  (5)12/20/2022  H (5)    8900   (5)4/1/2023 Common Stock 8900 $0.00 3818 (5)D  
Performance Restricted Stock Units  (6)(7)12/20/2022  H (6)(7)    9370   (6)(7)4/1/2026 Common Stock 9370 $0.00 86019 (6)(7)D  

Explanation of Responses:
(1) Represents restricted stock units (the "Retention RSUs") granted to the Reporting Person in connection with the execution of the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement"), dated November 1, 2022, by and among Benefitfocus, Inc. (the "Issuer"), Voya Financial, Inc. and Origami Squirrel Acquisition Corp. ("Merger Sub"), as amended. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will be merged with and into the Issuer (the "Merger"), with the Issuer continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger. The Retention RSUs have been cancelled and restricted stock granted in their place to mitigate impacts of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").
(2) Represents restricted stock granted to the Reporting Person in replacement of the Retention RSUs described above. The restricted stock will vest (i) 50% upon the closing of the Merger and (ii) 50% upon the six-month anniversary of the closing of the Merger (the "Final Vesting Date"), subject to the Reporting Person's continuous service. Vesting of the restricted stock may accelerate in certain circumstances, including if the Reporting Person is terminated without Cause or for Good Reason (in each case as defined in Reporting Person's employment agreement) on or after the closing of the Merger and prior to the Final Vesting Date.
(3) Shares relinquished to pay withholding taxes payable in connection with an election made by the Reporting Person pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code with respect to the grants of restricted stock.
(4) See Exhibit 99.1.
(5) These performance restricted stock units (the "PRSUs") were granted on April 1, 2022. The maximum number of PRSUs is presented in the table. Each PRSU represents a contingent right to receive one share of Issuer common stock. 8,900 of the PRSUs have been cancelled and restricted stock granted in their place to mitigate impacts of Section 280G of the Code. A percentage of the remaining 3,818 PRSUs will vest upon the achievement of a revenue goal, an adjusted EBITDA goal, and a software revenue retention goal, during the period of January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 (the "Performance Period"). Vesting of the target level PRSUs will accelerate upon death or disability during the Performance Period in an amount equal to the proportion of days in the Performance Period worked. Vesting of the target PRSUs may also accelerate in certain circumstances if a change in control of the Issuer is consummated during the Performance Period.
(6) These PRSUs were granted on April 1, 2022. The maximum number of PRSUs is presented in the table. Each PRSU represents a contingent right to receive one share of Issuer common stock. 9,370 of the PRSUs have been cancelled and restricted stock granted in their place to mitigate impacts of Section 280G of the Code. The remaining 86,019 PRSUs will vest upon the achievement of an annual recurring revenue subscription bookings growth goal and adjusted EBITDA goal, during the Performance Period, such vesting to occur in four equal annual installments beginning on April 1, 2023 (with the first annual installment taking into account the PRSUs that were cancelled and granted as restricted stock), if the performance metrics are met.
(7) Vesting of 25% of target level PRSUs will accelerate upon death or disability during the Performance Period in an amount equal to the proportion of days in the Performance Period worked. Vesting will also accelerate as to the next tranche of vesting units in the event of death or disability after the Performance Period. Vesting of the target PRSUs may also accelerate in certain circumstances if a change in control of the Issuer is consummated during the Performance Period.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director10% OwnerOfficerOther
Wegner Alpana
100 BENEFITFOCUS WAY
CHARLESTON, SC 29492


Chief Financial Officer

Signatures
/s/ S. Halle Vakani, Attorney-in-Fact12/22/2022
**Signature of Reporting PersonDate


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