A 90-minute TeleConference
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
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
Representing employers and the employee benefit plans they sponsor for employees and beneficiaries presents counsel (whether inside or outside) with a special set of ethical issues. Determining who is the client, (the plan sponsor, the plan or the participants), requires carefull analysis and constant vigilance. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) forces practitioners to take a look at these issues as they relate to group health plan representation and to make necessary changes - often under new and different benefit structures. This program will offer guidance on how to evaluate the status of current ethics procedures and incorporate PPACA changes through analysis and discussion of the following issues:
- Review of the basic requirements of the ethical canons as they apply to employee benefits practitioners.
- How to assess who are the decision makers (for example, a Benefits Committee) for the group health plan and to verify their source of authority.
- Identify the issues raised for the Benefits Committee when implementing PPACA changes through discussion of a representative case study.
- Evaluate the updates or changes required by counsel to continue to meet the ethical standards.
Richard L. Menson, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta, GA
Tami L. Graham, Intel Corporations, Folsom, CA
Sally Doubet King, McGuireWoods LLP, Chicago, IL
Steuart H. Thomsen, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Washington, DC