Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department officials will weigh in on the individual mandate and health insurance provider fees, and Labor Department officials will address recent developments regarding fiduciary issues for plan sponsors and service providers as well as the enforcement actions that the DOL is pursuing.
Kathryn J. Kennedy, director of the Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at the John Marshall Law School, will speak at Thursday’s luncheon about the implications for employee benefits plans in regards to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.
The institute, sponsored by the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, will also provide an update on legislative and regulatory developments and review recent court cases involving health and disability benefit claims.
Program highlights include:
“Heath Care Exchanges” — This panel will address what sponsors of health plans need to know about interacting with the exchanges and what information they must provide to employees. Speakers will also discuss how the exchanges will operate and their broader implications for health care costs.
Thursday, 9:25 a.m.
“Legislative Update” — With most parts of the Affordable Care Act becoming effective in 2014 and with Congress considering broader tax reform, what legislative changes are being considered for health plans or other welfare plans? Speakers include Drew Crouch, former tax counsel for Democratic staff for the Ways and Means Committee, and Martin G. Reiser, Republican professional staff for Ways and Means.
Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
“Tri-agency Perspectives on Health Care Reform” — This panel of agency representatives will discuss the latest guidance under the Affordable Care Act, including the employer penalty, minimum value, summary of benefits and coverage and information reporting, among other topics. Speakers include officials from the IRS, the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Thursday, 1:30 p.m.
“Ethical Considerations in Health and Welfare Benefit Plans” — The health care delivery system poses many ethical challenges to employers and plan sponsors, including issues involving the selection of providers or networks, financial incentives and disclosure, the scope of covered treatment and confidentiality of patient information. This panel will discuss the principles and effects of legal ethics and pertinent sections of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Thursday, 5 p.m.
“Benefits for Domestic Partners, Same-Sex Spouses and Civil Union Couples” — The Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, in which the court found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, changed the definition of spouse for purposes of federal law, raising many questions for plan sponsors. This panel will discuss the effect of the ruling and recent guidance from various agencies to provide an overview of the current status of benefits for same-sex couples and their dependents.
Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.
“What Happens in 2014 and Beyond?” — A number of Affordable Care Act requirements begin to take effect in 2014, while other requirements are delayed until 2015 and 2018. This session will discuss each of the requirements in a brief, checklist-style approach, pointing out major hurdles and pitfalls to avoid.
Friday, 1:30 p.m.
24th Annual National Institute on Health and Welfare Benefit Plans
Sponsored by the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202
A complete agenda and list of speakers can be found online.
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