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Employer-Sponsored Health Plan Federal Regulation: ACA, COBRA, ADA, GINA, CAA, MHPAEA, Reporting Requirements

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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This CLE webinar will guide ERISA counsel, fiduciaries, and administrators on federal regulation reporting requirements and compliance challenges. The panel will discuss critical issues plan sponsors and administrators face, the impact of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, new mental health parity rules, and key requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), COBRA, ADA, CARES Act, and GINA.


The DOL has substantially stepped up enforcement actions in response to the increase in health plans that fail to comply with certain standards and requirements under the CARES Act, CAA, ACA, and other federal regulations. ERISA counsel, fiduciaries, and administrators must ensure strict compliance with current regulations and implement procedures to ensure compliance.

The administrative challenges and compliance failures for health and welfare plans can lead to lawsuits and significant penalties. In addition to reporting requirements, plan sponsors and administrators must ensure that health plans comply with various federal statutes, regulations and agency guidance under, among other laws, the ACA, COBRA, ADA, CAA, GINA, and the new mental health parity requirements. Each of these laws significantly impacts the administration and fiduciary obligations for health plans.

The critical areas of the DOL's focus for audits and enforcement will include mental health parity compliance, ACA requirements, discrimination, self-dealings, cybersecurity, and other critical areas of compliance. ERISA counsel must identify potential compliance pitfalls and understand the required documentation and procedures under the applicable regulation, 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, litigation risks, potential liability stemming from plan operations and administration, and other vital issues.



  1. CARES Act compliance for health and welfare plans
  2. 2021 CAA rules and compliance pitfalls to avoid
  3. New mental health parity rules
  4. ACA rules and compliance
  5. Other key federal regulations
    1. ADA
    2. COBRA
    3. GINA
  6. Fiduciary rules and liability
  7. Plan documents and reporting requirements
  8. Best practices for plan sponsors and administrators


The panel will review these and other essential 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?
  • What are the administrative challenges for health and welfare plans under the ACA?
  • What are the challenges for health and welfare plans under the COBRA, ADA, and GINA?
  • What are the fiduciary obligations and rules for health plan sponsors and administrators?
  • What are best practices to overcome legal and compliance challenges?


Klimpl, Timothy
Timothy S. (Tim) Klimpl

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey

Mr. Klimpl is a seasoned attorney with experience providing ERISA advice and related services to a variety of plan...  |  Read More

Watson, Roberta
Roberta Casper Watson

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

Delano, Dannae
Dannae Delano

The Wagner Law Group

Ms. Delano concentrates her practice in employee benefits law, executive compensation and taxation. She counsels...  |  Read More

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