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Interaction of Health Care Reform With Other Laws


Increase your confidence as you address the complex interaction of ACA and other federal and state laws.

Human resource professionals, plan sponsors, benefits consultants, health care issuers, and plan administrators face an ever-changing legal landscape as they attempt to answer questions, engage in ACA-compliant plan designs, and minimize litigation risk. Changes in Congress and changes in administrations often result in wholesale change, while Supreme Court decisions sometimes bend toward uniform administration of employer health care plans and other times tolerate state and local variations that complicate the national administration of such plans. Added to that quicksand, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in additional uncertainty. This topic is intended to increase your confidence as you attempt to address the complex interaction of ACA - now over a decade old - and other federal and state laws and to translate the issues at play before Congress, the executive, and the courts into compliant health care plan design and administration.



Diane M. Soubly

Diane M. Soubly

Butzel Long

  • Of counsel with Butzel Long
  • Has more than 35 years of experience representing employers, fiduciaries, plans and plan sponsors in ERISA and employee benefit litigation, both individual lawsuits and class actions
  • One of a select few attorneys nationally who have been elected Fellows of both the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Repeatedly included in Best Lawyers, a Michigan and Illinois Super Lawyer in Employee Benefits and Employment Litigation-Management; Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, 2019, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Has written extensively on ERISA preemption, the Affordable Care Act, spousal equivalency benefits, the demise of DOMA §3, the Trump Administration’s executive actions relating to the Affordable Care Act, and the Biden Administration’s actions relating to the Affordable Care Act during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
  • Frequent writer of amicus briefs for national associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Benefits Council
  • Presented on benefits litigation for such organizations as the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, the American Law Conference, and the board of directors of the American Benefits Council
  • Has contributed to supplements of the ABA Employee Benefits Law and the Fiduciary Answer Book
  • Contributory Editor of the Benefits Law Journal, writing extensively on litigation relating to Affordable Care Act and other issues
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg Workplace Harassment Law treatise, 2d edition, 2018, and online update for 2020 pending
  • As a member of the Board of Directors of the American Benefits Council from 2007 to 2010, she served on its health care reform task force analyzing various presidential candidate health care reform proposals and the Affordable Care Act
  • Can be contacted at 734-213-3625 or [email protected]

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