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Economic Stimulus and Children's Health Acts Require Immediate Action for Health Plans

ABA JOINT COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYEE BENEFITS  • DATE: March 12, 2009
SPONSORS: The Sections of Business Law, Health Law, Labor and Employment Law, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Taxation, and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice; and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

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A 90-minute TeleConference/Live Audio Webcast
Thursday, March 12, 2009
1:00-2:30 pm ET / 12:00-1:30 pm CT / 11:00 am-12:30 pm MT / 10:00 am-11:30 am PT

Moderator: Chip Kerby, Liberté Group LLC, Washington, DC

Panelists: Kevin KnopfAttorney Advisor, Office of Benefits Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC; Amy Turner, Senior Health Law Specialist, Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance, EBSA, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC; Patricia McDermott,  Special Counsel, Office of Associate Chief Counsel/Division Counsel, Tax Exempt and Government Entities, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC; Kathy Bakich, National Director, Health Care Compliance, The Segal Company, Washington, DC

Two recent federal laws impose immediate compliance obligations on sponsors of group health plans.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes new COBRA premium assistance subsidies for the unemployed, and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) includes new special enrollment and notice provisions.  The new provisions take effect quickly, and plan sponsors (including multi-employer health plans and for-profit, tax-exempt, church and governmental employers) will need to take immediate steps to comply.  Some of the topics we’ll address include:

  • Who is eligible for COBRA premium assistance?
  • How do multiemployer health plans get the subsidy?
  • How do plan sponsors receive the federal subsidy?
  • What are the new COBRA notice and special election period requirements?
  • What are the new CHIPRA special enrollment and notice obligations?
  • What are the new HIPAA privacy changes?

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Economic Stimulus and Children's Health Acts Require Immediate Action for Health Plans
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UPDATES to EBSA's Dedicated Web Page for COBRA Provisions

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/cobra.html

- Model notices and the Federal Register notice on availability of the Model Notices

- FAQs for Employers on the COBRA Premium Reduction

- Registration link for a COBRA ARRA Compliance Webcast

- Registration pamphlet for a Health Benefits Law Compliance Seminar in Newark, New Jersey that will include a presentation on the COBRA ARRA provisions.



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