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March 18, 2014 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
The IRS has just released the final employer-shared responsibility rules (also called the “Pay or Play” rules) Now that final regulations are out, it is time for employers, third party administrators, trustees and advisors to take action. In this special 2-hour webcast, the presenter will address the critical steps that must be taken, including:
John Barlament, Presenter [view bio]Attorney, PartnerQuarles & Brady LLPMilwaukee, WI
Recorded February 20, 2014
This session will cover the federal premium tax credits that can subsidize the cost of individual health insurance coverage for low to middle income individuals and their families beginning January 1, 2014. The presenters will also address employers’ concerns about the federal premium tax credits and how the credits interact with the employer-shared responsibility mandate (known as the “Pay or Play” rules) which can impose penalties on employers if their employees qualify for, and use, federal premium tax credits.
Topics covered included:
Sarah Fowles, Presenter [view bio]AttorneyQuarles & Brady LLPMilwaukee, WI
Recorded January 16, 2014
Employer groups are clamoring about the administrative complexity and financial burden thrust upon them as a result of the ACA, as penalties are significant for non-compliance. This presentation will focus on the requirements for employer groups in 2014 and beyond. Presented in a case study and “to do” list format, this presentation will guide employers through the “next steps” in compliance with the ACA. Items such as plan design issues, fees required and what has and has not been delayed will be addressed. There will be much focus on one item in particular, an item many employers are becoming very concerned about; that is, all the requirements heaped upon them under the Employer Mandate. Employers are looking for solutions and ideas they can use to develop recordkeeping systems to comply with the new Employer Mandate rules.
This presentation will use real life case studies where employer groups with diverse employee populations demonstrate their information gathering techniques for monitoring and compiling employee information under the new laws.
The examples and tools illustrated will allow employers to develop systems, processes and procedures for
Finally, the presentation will look at “data convergence” issues employers will need to understand in order to aggregate data required under the Employer Mandate from their payroll, insurance vendor and HRIS systems.
Mark Manquen, CPA [view bio]FounderCornerstone Municipal Advisory Group, LLCTroy, MI
Recorded December 5, 2013
This session will cover the final mental health and substance use disorder parity regulations that were just released in November 2013. These new regulations take effect with plan years beginning on or after July 1, 2014, so plans should quickly consider them. This session will also address Affordable Care Act concerns with respect to mental health and substance use disorder benefits, including how to determine whether a mental health or substance use disorder is an "essential health benefit" that is subject to the Affordable Care Act's annual/lifetime limit prohibitions and cost-sharing rules. The webcast will cover:
Recorded November 7, 2013
This session will cover the new rules for HRAs that take effect with the plan year beginning on or after January 1, 2014. For plans operating on a calendar-year basis, plan sponsors need to take immediate action, including:
The session will cover what arrangements are subject to the new rules, including how they affect dollar banks and premium reimbursement arrangements. Plan sponsors will learn how to modify both eligibility and reimbursement rules to comply with the new guidance, including how to establish an opt-out procedure. In addition, attendees will learn how retiree-only HRAs can interact with both group coverage and coverage under the Marketplaces.
Attendees will gain more knowledge about HRAs in general, as well as an overview of the new HRA guidance including the criteria for both active employee and retiree-only HRAs. They will also receive an outline of what they need to do immediately as they move into 2014.
Kathryn L. Bakich, Presenter [view bio]Senior Vice President, National Health Compliance Practice LeaderThe Segal GroupWashington, D.C.
Andrew Sherman, Presenter [view bio]Senior Vice President, ConsultantThe Segal GroupBoston, MA
Recorded September 30, 2013
For years, employers have used wellness programs to reduce benefit costs and lost work time, while increasing overall employee health, productivity, and satisfaction. The recent changes to the Affordable Care Act and wellness programs subject to HIPAA may have an impact on the wellness programs you offer through your group health plan. Can your plans continue to meet their goals? Now is the ideal time to give your wellness programs a checkup.
Join us as we walk through the new wellness rules and the practical implications on employer wellness program design, including:
Tami Simon, Presenter [view bio]Managing Director, Knowledge ResourcesBuck ConsultantsWashington, D.C.
Sharon Cohen, JD [view bio]PrincipalBuck ConsultantsWashington, D.C.
Recorded September 23, 2013
As the well-known health care reform compliance date of 2014 gets closer, employers are not only trying to keep up with the plethora of regulatory guidance but also thinking about broader strategic issues that could affect how they provide health and welfare benefits to their employee populations. This session will provide insights regarding the politics of health reform, review some key health care reform developments stemming from recent regulatory guidance, discuss health reform strategy and provide important reminders of upcoming obligations.
Recorded August 15, 2013
There is much to consider and address before moving your health insurance – and potentially other benefits – to a private exchange. A host of deciding factors includes whether a defined contribution health or benefits plan makes sense for your organization, whether ancillary benefits should be included, and if you can retain your self-funding arrangement.
Carol A. Harnett [view bio]Health and Absence ConsultantSpeakerWriter
Recorded July 25, 2013
This webcast will cover the status of federal and state implementation activities, including the recent delay of various reporting requirements and the employer pay-or-play mandate, regulatory actions and guidance on exchange operations and subsidies, as well as applicable insurance market reforms. Tune in to get the latest on ACA implementation, including a state-by-state look at where things stand.
Elizabeth Carpenter [view bio]Senior AdvisorMcKenna Long & Aldridge LLPWashington, D.C.
Cindy Gillespie [view bio]Senior Managing DirectorMcKenna Long & Aldridge LLPWashington, D.C.
Recorded July 2, 2013
The deadline for paying the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee is almost here. This webcast will describe who needs to pay the fee for which plans, when it must be paid and how to calculate the amount to pay. This webcast will give you the information you need to know in order to file and pay this new fee mandated by health care reform. There are alternative ways to count the number of covered lives under your plan and this webcast will describe the alternatives so you can choose the least expensive one.
Participants in this webcast will learn:
John C. Garner, CEBS [view bio]PrincipalGarner ConsultingPasadena, California
Recorded June 25, 2013
This is a live-streamed session from the Trustees and Administrators Institutes held in San Francisco, California. The session will cover:
Recorded June 24, 2013
The so-called Exchange Notice requirement is much more onerous than anyone expected because it is not just a generic notice that can be given to all employees. The notices must be customized to say whether an employee is covered and, if not yet covered, the date when they may be covered. The notices also must specify the amount of employee contributions required. The notice will be particularly problematic for employers with employees in multiemployer plans. This webinar will describe the employers subject to the notice requirement, the people who are entitled to the notice, the content of the notice, the deadlines for delivering the notice and how the notice can be delivered.
Participants will learn the following:
Recorded May 30, 2013
This webcast will provide an up-to-date review of the regulations and other guidance issued by the agencies responsible for administrating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Our presenter will review the following important issues:
Jeffrey S. Endick, Presenter [view bio]PrincipalSlevin & Hart, P.C.Washington, D.C.
Recorded April 2, 2013
Effective beginning on or after January 1, 2014, individuals and small groups will be able to buy insurance directly through a health care exchange. In addition, Federal premium subsidies will be available to individuals with household income up to 140% of the Federal Poverty Level.
This session is designed to provide the latest information on:
Kathryn L. Bakich, Presenter [view bio]Senior Vice President, National Health Compliance Practice LeaderThe Segal CompanyWashington, D.C.
Health care reform is constantly in the media. Because of this media barrage, plan participants are beginning to ask what health care reform means to them and their families. Health care reform education will be one of the most complex communication challenges plan sponsors will face, especially as the story continues to unfold. Don’t wait until open enrollment to begin this discussion.
This session will prepare you to begin shaping your own communication plan by covering:
John Moses, Ph.D., Presenter [view bio]Corporate Exchange Communication LeaderAon Hewitt
Jennifer Chen, Presenter [view bio]Partner and LeaderCompliance Communication Center of Expertise (COE)Aon Hewitt
With Obama’s second term and a new Congress, plan sponsors can expect a lot of activity in the health care employee benefits space in 2013 and beyond. This session will examine what this legislative session could mean for plan-sponsored health plans. We will review some key health care reform developments stemming from recent regulatory guidance, discuss health reform strategy, and provide important reminders of upcoming obligations.
In this webinar, listeners will learn:
Recorded January 23, 2013
Recorded at the 2013 Health Care Management Conference
States are in various stages of establishing their health care exchanges. In addition to improving access, many states are using the formation process as an opportunity to evaluate strategies to improve quality and lower costs. What lessons can funds learn from these strategies?
Robin J. Lunge, Presenter [view bio]Director of Health Care ReformState of Vermont Agency of Administration and Sonya SchwartzProgram Director—National Academy for State Health Policy
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