The Supreme Court Healthcare Decision: Impact on Group Health Plans and Employers

Meeting New Reporting Requirements, Preparing for Pay or Play and Other Key Changes

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


Conducted on Friday, July 13, 2012

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will examine the impact of the Supreme Court's milestone decision on the healthcare law on employers and group health plans. The panel will offer best practices to ensure systems for meeting reporting requirements are in place and address major administrative issues that remain unresolved.

Description

The overhaul of the nation's healthcare system remains largely intact with the Court's decision in Nat'l Fed'n of Indep. Bus. v. Sebelius. Businesses now have more certainty in the legal revisions to group healthcare plans and must make sure their systems are up to the challenges ahead.

Many companies will have to create new processes to meet reporting requirements to provide eligible employees and beneficiaries with summaries of benefits and coverages, as well as to report the value of group health plan coverage on W-2 forms.

The ruling leaves intact many of the law's controversial provisions. Calculating the comparative effectiveness of research fees, applying nondiscrimination rules, and administering the pay or play mandate remain unresolved and will require guidance from counsel to review the options.

Listen as our panel of experienced employee benefits attorneys analyzes what the Court's healthcare decision means for employers and group health plans. The panel will outline best practices to get company reporting systems ready for the new requirements now and to identify and start planning for the long-term administration issues that remain.

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Outline

  1. The National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius decision
    1. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions that remain intact
    2. Impact of decision upon employers and group health plans
  2. Reporting requirements
    1. Summaries of benefits and coverage
    2. Value of employer sponsored group healthcare plan coverage reported on W-2 forms
  3. Key considerations for employers:
    1. Calculating comparative effectiveness research fees
    2. Nondiscrimination rules
    3. Automatic enrollment
    4. Pay or play

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • In what key areas does the Court's decision at last provide some level of certainty for employers and group health plans?
  • How can counsel guide companies to ensure operations are in place in time to meet upcoming reporting requirements?
  • In what ways should employers prepare for the pay-or-play mandate right now?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

Faculty

Kim Wilcoxon
Kim Wilcoxon

Partner
Thompson Hine

She advises employers and other benefit plan professionals on welfare benefit plan matters. She helps clients respond...  |  Read More

Julia Ann Love
Julia Ann Love

Partner
Thompson Hine

She focuses her practice on the design, establishment and maintenance of tax-qualified pension, 401(k) and...  |  Read More

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