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2024 Health and Welfare Plan Challenges for Plan Sponsors, Administrators, and Counsel

Impact of New Fiduciary Rule on Plans and HSAs, Health Plan Litigation, Drug Pricing, Transparency Issues, Disclosures, Use of PEOs

A live 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Tuesday, August 13, 2024

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, July 26, 2024

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to employee benefits counsel on recent DOL updates and legislation impacting health and welfare plans and key issues for plan sponsors and third-party administrators. The panel will discuss the impact of the new fiduciary rule for health plans and HSAs, navigating fiduciary duty claims, prescription drug pricing, transparency issues, use of professional employer organizations, and other key issues for health and welfare plan sponsors, administrators, and their counsel.

Description

The DOL has an active enforcement program focused on health and welfare plans stemming from recent legislation over the last few years. ERISA counsel, fiduciaries, and administrators must ensure strict compliance with current regulations and implement procedures to overcome administrative challenges.

The administrative challenges and compliance failures for health and welfare plans can lead to lawsuits and significant penalties. The enactment of the CAA significantly impacts the administration and fiduciary obligations for health plans. Recent DOL and the Department of Health and Human Services guidance for compliance focuses on (1) plan contracts and the removal of "gag clauses"; (2) determining "reasonableness" for vendor fees and services; (3) prescription drug reporting; (4) transparency and mandated disclosures; and (5) access to care, including mental health, along with other key items that must be considered. In addition, the recently modified fiduciary rule significantly impacts the administration of health and welfare plans.

The DOL's key areas of focus for audits and enforcement will encompass the aforementioned items in addition to other critical issues. ERISA counsel must identify potential compliance pitfalls and understand the required documentation and procedures, audit triggers, and plan provisions targeted by the DOL and IRS to minimize these plan administration issues.

Listen as the panel discusses significant compliance issues for health plan sponsors, the impact of the new fiduciary rule for health plans and HSAs, prescription drug pricing, transparency issues, use of professional employer organizations, and other key issues for health and welfare plan sponsors, administrators, and their counsel.

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Outline

  1. Impact of new fiduciary rule
  2. Recent health plan litigation
  3. Telemedicine and HSA issues
  4. Use of PEOs
  5. Recent and pending legislation
    1. Drug pricing
    2. Transparency
    3. Disclosures
    4. Acces to care

Benefits

The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • Key issues stemming from the new fiduciary rule for health plan sponsors and administrators
  • Examining recent health plan litigation and next steps to minimize claims
  • Current issues involving telemedicine programs and HSAs
  • Fiduciary and administrative challenges when using professional employer organizations
  • Recent and pending legislation regarding prescription drug pricing, transparency, mandated disclosures, and access to care

Faculty

Holly, Andrew
Andrew Holly

Partner
Dorsey & Whitney

Mr. Holly serves as co-chair of Dorsey’s ERISA Litigation Practice Group. He has 20 years' experience...  |  Read More

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