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HRAs and HSAs: The Basics and New Developments

ABA JOINT COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYEE BENEFITS  • DATE: September 25, 2008
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, September 25, 2008

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: Michael Shpiece, Adjunct Professor of Law, Wayne Law School, Detroit, MI.
Panelists: Kevin Knopf, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Benefits Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington DC; Greta Cowart, Haynes and Boone LLP, Dallas, TX; Kelley Demiryan, CEBS, Account Director, Gallagher Benefit Services, Bingham Farms, MI.

As employers continue to struggle to contain the costs of providing health care, many are turning to alternatives such as HRAs, HSAs, and other individual account plans. With these new programs come a myriad of regulations. Congress liberalized some of the rules and new guidance was recently issued in the form of the “HSA Grab Bag” which also clarified and made HSAs more attractive. This program will:

  • Review the basics of HRAs and HSAs, and highlight their differences from each other and from Archer MSAs and FSAs;
  • Discuss when employers might want to adopt them;
  • Review the newly issued guidance in the areas of eligibility, coordination with other plans, testing, and reporting;
  • Gauge the “market-place” reaction of employers and benefits consultants.

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