ERISA Covered Health and Welfare Plan Administration: Compliance, Fiduciary Liability, DOL Enforcement Actions

Impact of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, New Mental Health Parity Rules, Prohibited Transactions, Form 5500

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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This CLE webinar will guide ERISA counsel, fiduciaries, and administrators on key health and welfare plan design and compliance challenges. The panel will discuss key issues faced by plan sponsors and administrators, the impact of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, new mental health parity rules, fiduciary liability, plan document requirements, Form 5500, recent DOL enforcement actions, and other key issues.

Description

The DOL will surely have an active enforcement program focused on health plans in response to new rules provided under the CARES Act and the 2021 CAA. 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 CARES Act and the 2021 CAA will significantly impact the administration and fiduciary obligations for health plans. The key areas of the DOL's focus for audits and enforcement will surely include mental health parity compliance, emergency services, and health service providers' self-dealing. ERISA counsel must identify potential compliance pitfalls and understand the required documentation and procedures, investigation/audit triggers, and plan provisions targeted by the DOL and IRS to minimize plan administration issues.

Listen as the panel discusses complex compliance requirements, next steps in response to the 2021 CAA provisions, litigation risks, and potential liability stemming from plan operations and administration, prohibited transactions, and other key issues.

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Outline

  1. CARES Act compliance for health and welfare plans
  2. Critical 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act for health plans
  3. New mental health parity rules
  4. Fiduciary rules and liability
  5. Plan documents and reporting requirements
  6. Recent DOL developments
  7. Best practices for plan sponsors and administrators

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key items:

  • What are the administrative challenges for health and welfare plans under the CARES Act?
  • What are the key provisions of the 2021 CAA impacting health plans?
  • What are the requirements under the new mental health parity rules under the CAA?
  • What are the fiduciary obligations and rules for health plan sponsors and administrators?
  • What are the recent DOL developments and plans for enforcement actions?
  • What are the best practices to overcome legal and compliance challenges?

Faculty

Itami, Allison
Allison Itami

Principal
Groom Law

Ms. Itami advises employers and service providers on employee benefit programs, with a focus in federal laws such as...  |  Read More

Jara, José
José M. Jara

Partner
McGivney Kluger Clark & Intoccia

Mr. Jara has over 20 years of ERISA and employee benefits experience, ranging from governmental compliance, fiduciary...  |  Read More

Watson, Roberta
Roberta Casper Watson

Partner
The Wagner Law Group

Ms. Watson focuses on ERISA and employee benefits. She concentrates on a wide array of areas including, pension and...  |  Read More

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