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Health Care Reform for Lawyers: What Your Clients Need to Do Now
Part Number 8863
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CD Only                     $299.00 includes includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter(s): Christine Williams, of counsel, Perkins Coie LLP
Price: $299.00, CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
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Who Should Attend?
General practice attorneys, in-house counsel, corporate counsel

The federal health care reform law (sometimes referred to as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and is taking effect in bits and pieces, on different dates for different requirements. The potential penalties for compliance failures can be significant, and the U.S. Department of Labor is already including ACA requirements in its benefit plan audits. Attorneys who don't specialize in employee benefits (and even those who do) can find it hard to keep up with the requirements, but clients need to be taking steps now to ensure that they and their health plans are in compliance, and that they will be prepared for what's coming up.

Please join attorney Christine Williams as she identifies what companies and their lawyers should be working on (or at least thinking about) right now to ensure compliance.


The webinar will focus on:

  • Summaries of Benefits & Coverage (SBCs), which are required for the first open enrollment that begins on or after September 23, 2012 (and which is different from the Summary Plan Description)
  • W-2 reporting of the aggregate cost of employer-sponsored coverage for 2012
  • Health flexible spending arrangement cap of $2,500, effective for first plan year that begins on or after January 1, 2013
  • First dollar coverage of preventive services, including women's preventive health services (in effect now)
  • Claims, Appeals, and External Review (in effect now)
  • Exchange notices
  • Medicare tax increase (for employees with compensation in excess of $200,000; effective January 1, 2013)
  • Small employer premium tax credit (in effect now through December 31, 2013)
  • Planning for pay-or-play (effective as of January 1, 2014)


Your conference leader for "Health Care Reform for Lawyers: What Your Clients Need to Do Now" is Christine Williams. Ms. Williams is of counsel in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice of the law firm Perkins and Coie LLP. She has been working in the employee benefits area since 1987, both in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 100 company. She has extensive experience with all types of welfare benefit plans, as well as defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Christine was the editor and a contributing author of HIPAA Portability, Privacy, & Security, published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA) and she is a contributing author of Health Care Reform for Employers and Advisors, also published by EBIA. She has also provided advice on HIPAA (including cloud computing and storage of Protected Health Information), the HITECH Act, and health care reform to health plans, health care providers, academic medical institutions, and business associates. Christine has handled plan drafting, compliance advice, fiduciary counseling, litigation and appellate work, and has taught numerous seminars for employee benefit professionals on health care reform, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, cafeteria plans, domestic partner benefits, 401(k) plans, and other benefits topics. Before moving into employee benefits Christine was an assistant professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and a visiting associate professor at New England School of Law. Christine earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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