New Mandates for Group Health Plans: GINA, MHPA, HITECH, MSP Reporting and More

Navigating Plan Compliance Demands and Avoiding Federal Excise Tax

New excise tax reporting effective Jan. 1 for plan violations

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

Conducted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will update counsel to employers on the confusing and wide-ranging plan amendments required in 2010 for group health and welfare plans under the latest final, interim and outstanding regulations. The panel will outline best practices for complying with new IRS reporting requirement for plan violations.


New mandates for group health plans require many amendments in 2010, including GINA, MHPAEA, HITECH, CHIPRA, COBRA and Michelle’s Law. GINA regulations, effective in Dec. 2009, create some uncertainty on what plans can do, particularly with health risk assessments, wellness programs and incentives.

Mental Health Parity (MHPAEA) requires plans to put coverage and benefit levels for mental health claims on equal footing with other types of medical benefits. Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) added new mandatory reporting requirements for GHP arrangements.

The IRS has long imposed excise taxes for failing to comply with COBRA, HIPPA, GINA, mental health parity and other mandates for group health plans. The stakes are considerably higher now that employers must file IRS Form 8928 to report plan violations and pay the required excise tax.

Listen as our authoritative panel of benefits attorneys provides an overview and explanation of the 2010 mandates for group health plans. The panel will discuss best practices to navigate the challenges facing employers and plan administrators and to meet the revised IRS reporting mandates for reporting violations when required.



  1. Genetic Information Discrimination Act (GINA)
  2. Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
  3. Medicare MSP reporting obligations (MMSEA)
  4. HITECH (HIPPA Privacy)
  5. Michelle’s Law, COBRA subsidy and Children’s Health Insurance Plan Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA)
  6. Overview of Health Care Reform Act
  7. New excise tax reporting obligation


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How does GINA affect health risk assessments, wellness programs and incentives?
  • What challenges does the Mental Health Parity Act pose for group health plans?
  • What challenges do the MMSEA reporting requirements pose for group health plans?


Christy A. Tinnes
Christy A. Tinnes

Groom Law Group

She is involved in all aspects of health and welfare plans, including ERISA, HIPAA portability, HIPAA privacy, COBRA,...  |  Read More

Cheryl Risley Hughes
Cheryl Risley Hughes

Of Counsel
Groom Law Group

She is recognized for her expertise with regard to health and welfare plans, including products designed to reduce the...  |  Read More

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