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IVF Benefits: LaPage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine, Legal Implications and Next Steps for Plan Sponsors

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

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Thursday, June 20, 2024 (in 5 days)

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

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This CLE webinar will provide employee benefits counsel an in-depth analysis of the potential legal implications of providing in vitro fertilization (IVF) benefits in light of the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling in LaPage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine. The panel will discuss the premise of the court's ruling, the definition of "medical care" under the Internal Revenue Code and ensuring tax-advantaged medical expense treatment under a plan, and other potential benefits considerations for plan sponsors.

Description

Reproductive health is a key component of healthcare and benefits, with many companies developing a variety of mechanisms for coverage for their employees. However, inclusion of such coverage in health plans could present unique challenges in light of the Alabama Supreme Court's recent ruling in LaPage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine. Employee benefits counsel and plan sponsors must understand the impact of this ruling and the impact it has on health plan coverage and administration.

In the latest wave of post-Dobbs rulings, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are children and are protected from termination under state law. This decision further restricts access to reproductive healthcare, forcing employers to consider other options for Alabama employees. However, this ruling could have a significant impact nationwide, as many states continue to restrict access to reproductive healthcare post-Dobbs.

Employee benefits counsel and plan sponsors must consider the impact of this ruling when structuring health plans and the inclusion of IVF benefits and available options for impacted employees.

Listen as our panel discusses the premise of the court's ruling, the definition of "medical care" under the Internal Revenue Code, ensuring tax-advantaged medical expense treatment under a plan, and other potential benefits considerations for plan sponsors.

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Outline

  1. LaPage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine
  2. Impact on IVF treatments for health plans and plan sponsors
  3. Key issues for IVF coverage and health plan design
  4. Best practices and next steps for plan sponsors

Benefits

The panel will discuss these and other critical issues:

  • What key issues were presented in LaPage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine?
  • What is the impact of the Alabama Supreme Court ruling on IVF benefits in health plans?
  • How does the ruling impact health plan design and IVF coverage for those seeking options for employees?
  • What are next steps for plan sponsors and administrators in light of the court's decision?

Faculty

Becker, Julie
Julie Becker

Senior Managing Associate
Sidley Austin

Ms. Becker's practice focuses on the defense of companies in products liability and class action matters in both...  |  Read More

Chiarello, Elizabeth
Elizabeth M. Chiarello

Partner
Sidley Austin

Ms. Chiarello is a nationally recognized lawyer with nearly two decades of experience handling mass tort, toxic tort,...  |  Read More

Downs, Tiffany
Tiffany D. Downs

Partner
FordHarrison

Ms. Downs advises and assists plan administrators and fiduciaries with the design, drafting and administration of...  |  Read More

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