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Health Care Reform for Employers: Now What?

Health care reform is impacting all Washington employers. Don't wait ... get the guidance you need now. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which was signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court, is now impacting employers and employees alike. These dramatic changes to the health care law calls for action by all employers. These reference materials are an opportunity for employers to sort through all the information to get the facts on what is required, how to make the most cost-advantageous decisions and get what you need to do to avoid costly penalties. These reference materials will answer your questions from determining full-time employee status, to options with health insurance exchanges, and health plan design possibilities. Order now to identify the steps you need to take to achieve a sound health care plan in preparation for 2014. Benefits for You •Understand the penalties and how they could apply to you •Receive guidelines for plan design modifications ... what you can and cannot do •Gain understanding of the status of state and federal health exchanges •Take away valuable guidance from our experts on implementing wellness strategies Learning Objectives •You will be able to describe individual mandates. •You will be able to discuss the pay or play provisions. •You will be able to explain the impact on employer provided health care. •You will be able to review the impact on the health care reform on employer plan designs.
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History and the Key Dates of Compliance
— Hilarie Aitken
Pay or Play Provisions
— Heidi M. Alessi
  • Determining Full and Part-Time Status
    • Analysis of Proposed Regulations for Determining Large Employer Status
  • New Rules for Variable Hour and Seasonal Employees
    • Analysis of Proposed Regulations Allowing New Procedures for Addressing Compliance With the Employer Mandate for Variable Hour and Seasonal Employees
  • Employer Mandate and Related Penalties
Applying the Penalties/Financial Analysis
— Nancy Kokenge
Individual Shared Responsibility (Individual Mandate)
— Diane L. Cushing and Charles H. Thulin
  • Why Does the Law Require Individuals to Have Health Care Coverage?
  • Who Must Comply With the Individual Mandate?
  • Penalties for Noncompliance
  • Interaction With Employer Requirements
ACA Nondiscrimination Rules Governing Group Health Plans and Special Issues Involving Severance and COBRA Arrangements
— Richard Birmingham
  • Grandfathered Health Plans
  • Overview of Tax Treatment of Group Health Plans
  • Nondiscrimination Rules Governing Self-Insured Plans
  • New Nondiscrimination Rules Governing Insured Health Plans
  • Penalties for Discrimination
  • Avoiding Problems With Severance and COBRA Arrangements
Update on Exchanges and Employer Requirements
— Morgan Donnelly, MBA and Norman S. Milks
  • What We Know Now About Exchanges – Specifically Washington State's Health Benefit Exchange
  • The Status of State and Federal Exchanges
  • Impact on Employer Provided Health Care and Employees
  • New Options for Small Employers
Impact on Tax-Advantaged Account Based Plans
— Hilarie Aitken
  • Implications for FSAs and HRAs
  • PCORI and Reinsurance Fees
Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and Association Health Plans (AHPs)
— Diane L. Cushing and Charles H. Thulin
  • The Current Landscape of MEWAs and Washington AHPs
  • Effect of Recently Issued ACA Rating Factors and Tobacco Wellness Program Discounts on Small Employer Groups
  • Effect of Recently Imposed ACA Guaranteed Availability Rule on MEWAs and Washington AHPs
  • Challenges for Employers With 50 to 100 Employees in 2016
How to Use the ACA to Create a Wellness-Oriented Work Culture
— Larry Chapman, M.P.H.
  • Overview of Title IV of the ACA
  • Organizational Steps for Becoming Wellness-Oriented
  • Choices That Lead to Enhanced Work Force Wellness
  • Key Provisions of the New Health Care Reform Law That Can Be Utilized for Wellness
  • Economic Rationale for Wellness for Working Populations
  • Summary of Main Points
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Hilarie Aitken – Moderator

Flex-Plan Services, Inc.

  • Owner of Flex-Plan Services, Inc. and has been an integral part of the vision and growth of Flex-Plan for more than 10 years
  • Focuses on employee benefits and has been a driving force in the expansion of Flex-Plan Services as an organization, and have stimulated the growth of consumer driven employee benefits throughout the region
  • Provides FSA, transit and parking, HRA and HSA administration to more than 1800 clients, covering over 80,000 participants
  • Served on the board of the Northwest Washington Association of Health Underwriters and currently serves on the board of directors of the Employer Council on Flexible Compensation, a national industry organization
  • Graduate in political science and communications, University of Washington
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Heidi M. Alessi

K&L Gates LLP

  • Partner with K&L Gates LLP
  • Practices exclusively in employee benefits and executive compensation
  • J.D. degree, summa cum laude, Seattle University; B.A. degree, The Evergreen State College
  • Can be contacted at 206-370-7983 or [email protected]
Richard J. Birmingham

Richard J. Birmingham

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • More than 30 years of experience in both employee benefit consulting and ERISA litigation
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in two employee benefit categories – ERISA law and ERISA litigation
  • Experience of both the substantive and litigation areas of ERISA enable him to give practical proactive advice when consulting with clients and to obtain early dismissal or settlement when litigating ERISA matters
  • Frequent speaker at employee benefit seminars and has published numerous articles and client advisories on a wide variety of employee benefit issues
  • Frequent writer of employee benefit advisories and has written or co-wrote over a dozen client advisories in recent years
  • Member of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefit Committee; Employee Benefits Committee; Welfare Benefit Committee – American Bar Association; fellow, The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA), 2012; selected to Washington Super Lawyers in Employee Benefits, Thomson Reuters; selected to Who’s Who in American Law, Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys and Who's Who in Emerging Leaders
  • J.D. degree, Seattle University School of Law; LL.M. degree in taxation, Boston University School of Law; B.A. degree in political science, cum laude, Washington State University
Larry Chapman, MPH

Larry Chapman, MPH

Chapman Institute

  • President and CEO with Chapman Institute, Seattle, Washington
  • Provides leading edge thought leadership on integrating health cost management and plan design, incentive systems and organized prevention programming for work site, managed care and community-based populations
  • Worked on more than 1,000 employer wellness programs during a 35+ year career
  • Director of the WellCert Program, a professional certification program for work site wellness practitioners
  • Co-founder and chairman of Summex Health Management, an industry leader in health management services for business and industry, which was acquired by WebMD in 2006
  • Consultant to the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Veteran's Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Published more than 200 articles and columns, and 13 books on the topics of wellness, health cost management, and health and productivity management
  • Frequent keynote speaker and has given more than 3,500 presentations and workshops on employee health, wellness and health care cost control
  • Received professional rewards, including a Lifetime Service Award from the Association of Worksite Health Promotion and in 2008, the first ever Halbert L. Dunn Lifetime Wellness Achievement Award from the National Wellness Institute and the Golden Apple award from Washington State
  • Past editor of the American Journal of Health Promotion and past editor of the Art of Health Promotion section of the journal
  • Master's degree in medical care organization, University of Michigan School of Public Health; degrees in environmental health and medical technology
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Diane L. Cushing

Ekman Thulin, P.S.

  • Attorney with Ekman, Bohrer & Thulin, P.S.
  • Practices exclusively in employee benefits law
  • J.D. degree, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College; LL.M. degree in taxation, University of Washington School of Law; B.A. degree, University of Washington
  • Can be contacted at 206-576-4807 or [email protected]
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Morgan Donnelly

Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.

Morgan Donnelly, MBA

  • Associate employee benefits client consultant with Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
  • Collaborates with employers to determine the most sustainable and effective means to offer health and welfare benefits to employees
  • Focuses on helping employers determine the financial, strategic and operational impact of healthcare reform on their business
  • Masters degree in sustainable business, Bainbridge Graduate Institute; Life and Health license - Washington; B.A. degree in marketing and businessadministration, Western Washington University
  • Can be contacted at 800-542-3737 or [email protected]
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Nancy Kokenge

Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.

  • Area vice president and employee benefits client consultant with Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
  • More than 25 years of employee benefits and human resource experience with benefits consulting firms
  • Focuses on compliance while leading strategic planning, vendor selection, new plan and vendor implementation for clients
  • Recognized in the Washington State employer community as a tireless educator and has spoken on employee benefits subjects in a variety of industry forums
  • Can be contacted at 800-542-3737 or [email protected]
Norman S. Milks

Norman S. Milks

K&L Gates LLP

  • Partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates LLP
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employee benefits law
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous employee benefits topics
  • Wrote several articles on employee benefits issues, including worker classification, unrelated business taxable income and benefit plans for self-employed individuals
  • J.D. degree, Wayne State University Law School; M.S. degree, Golden Gate University; A.B. degree, University of Michigan
  • Can be contacted at 206-370-7601 or [email protected]
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Published 2013
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