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  • December 10
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

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Recognizing and Addressing COBRA

December 10

With health care insurance evolving, so has COBRA and the way employers are required to manage it. Get up to speed to make sure you’re in compliance.

COBRA compliance presents many risks, some of which can be catastrophic. It is critical that employers provide required notices and accurate information about employees’ rights and obligations under COBRA from beginning to end of the employment relationship, and ensure proper administration of its COBRA compliance program. Failure to do so can result in an employer being responsible for major medical expenses out of its own pocket. This topic will cover the legislative rationale that underlies COBRA continuation coverage as well as the nuts and bolts of compliance. Following this material, you will be able to develop internal systems to ensure compliance, recognize potential issues early on before they become problems, and determine whether outsourcing COBRA compliance to a third party makes sense.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to describe the primary components of COBRA continuation coverage and how they work.
  • You will be able to define employer obligations to ensure you’re complying with COBRA requirements.
  • You will be able to identify the most common COBRA compliance pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  • You will be able to discuss how to make an informed judgment as to whether to outsource COBRA compliance to a third party.

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Over 32 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Agenda

In the Beginning—a Refresher
  • The Problem-High Employee Turnover Puts Health Coverage in Jeopardy
  • The Solution-Permit Employees to Continue Coverage After Termination
  • The Statute-Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA)
Nuts and Bolts
  • Which Employers Are Subject to COBRA?
  • What Coverage Must Be Offered?
  • Who Is Covered?
  • How Long Is Coverage?
  • What Is the Premium?
How Does COBRA Work?
  • Initial Notice
  • Qualifying Event
  • Election Notice
  • Election
  • Termination of Coverage
  • Qualified Medical Child Support Orders
Pressure Points to Consider
  • Failure to Provide Initial Notice
  • Failure to Provide Timely (or Any) Election Notice
  • Establishing the Date of the Qualifying Event
  • Severance Agreements
  • Third Party Administration
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This course was last revised on November 11, 2015.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • This program has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
     
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  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
     
  • CPE 1.8 including Personnel/HR 1.8
     
  • Lorman Education Services is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: https://www.nasbaregistry.org/cpas/complaints. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 866-352-9539. CPE Credit: Maximum Credit Hours: 1.8 each session (based on a 50 minute credit hour). You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Field of Study: Personnel/HR for 1.8 hours. Prerequisite: . Level of Knowledge: Intermediate. Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture. Advance Preparation: None. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Please refer to the information in this brochure for outline, course content and objectives. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state's regulatory board. Please note: In order to receive CPE credit for this course you MUST use the streaming audio option, as well as enable and complete the required progress checks.
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a registered provider for CPA CPE through the State Education Department of New York, Sponsor number: 000640. The following course will carry the subject area of Advisory Services for 1.5 hours.
     

Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for human resource and benefits professionals, payroll managers, business owners and managers, controllers, accountants, and insurance professionals.

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Over 32 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Faculty

Douglas Dormire Powers

Douglas Dormire Powers

Beckman Lawson, LLP

  • Partner in the law firm of Beckman Lawson, LLP, in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • More than 30 years of private practice experience following three successive federal judicial clerkships
  • Since 1995, he has focused his practice on employee benefits compliance and litigation
  • Has counseled clients on a variety of benefits compliance issues, including fee-for-service plan design consulting, Affordable Care Act compliance, EPCRS applications, Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program applications, HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance, COBRA compliance, and QDRO compliance
  • Also litigated a wide range of benefits-related cases in state and federal court, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, claims for benefits, collectively bargained benefits, and reinsurance coverage issues for self-funded health plans
  • Past president of the Great Lakes Employee Plans/Exempt Organizations Council, one of five regional councils that regularly consult with the IRS and DOL on regulatory issues and developments
  • Frequent speaker and wrote on a wide range of benefits issues
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Product ID: 406685
Published 2015, 2019
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