New Standalone HRA Regulations Released

Thursday, July 25
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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The Department of the Treasury (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued final regulations designed to expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The new rules would allow HRAs to be used to pay for individual health insurance policies, create a new type of limited stand-alone HRA, and allow employees to have premiums for some types of individual policies reimbursed on a pre-tax basis through a Section 125 cafeteria plan. Attend this webinar to find out how the new HRA rules work and how they may be used by employers.


Employee Benefit Technology & Compliance

Thursday, August 22
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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Technology can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to employee benefits compliance. Technology can help benefits managers be more efficient, such as using electronic distribution of required notices, but rules must be followed. Good benefit administration systems can also assist with important employee communications and documentation. At the same time technology can increase risk. Breaches of electronic PHI are becoming more common, so employers must be more vigilant in how they protect this data, and new healthcare technologies like telehealth can create compliance challenges. This webinar will explore the intersection, both good and bad, of benefits technology and employer benefits compliance obligations.


Why ERISA Plan Design & Documentation Matters

Thursday, September 26
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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All employers who sponsor health and welfare plans must have plan documentation and provide an SPD to participants. However, there are so many questions to consider. How do we design our plans? Do we use wrap documents or create separate plans? How does that impact our filing and reporting requirements? What are common problems with plan documentation? We will also discuss ways that missing or incorrect information or documentation creates legal risks for the employer.


Series Presenters:

Bob Radecki, President, Benefit Comply, LLC
Bob has more than 30 years’ experience in the HR and employee benefits industry helping employers deal with difficult benefit and compliance matters. He has served as the principal HIPAA consultant to a number of health insurance companies and is recognized as an expert on a variety of benefit compliance issues including COBRA, FMLA and health reform. Bob has been the featured speaker at numerous industry events and conferences, and has published many articles on various compliance issues.
 
Regan Blomme, J.D., Senior Consultant, Benefit Comply, LLC
Regan Blomme has experience working as an attorney for a major Fortune 500 company and for a PEO providing benefits and HR services to small employers. She has also worked as a legal researcher for Thomson Reuters. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Regan worked as an account manager in a leading insurance agency in the Minneapolis area, so she understands the issues and challenges facing employee benefit consulting firms and agencies. Regan received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, an MBA from The University of St. Thomas and is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association.

Fritz Hewelt, Senior Consultant, Benefit Comply, LLC
Fred W. (“Fritz”) Hewelt brings more than 30 years of experience to his clients, assisting them with a broad range of issues related to the evaluation and remediation of employee benefit and human resource compliance challenges. Fritz has also assisted numerous clients with welfare benefit plan due diligence in merger and acquisition situations. Fritz holds a BS in business administration from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois. He also has earned designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) and a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI).

Mark Hoaglund, HIPAA Privacy and Securiy Specialist, Benefit Comply, LLC
Mark Hoaglund has helped more than 200 companies with their HIPAA compliance needs. Before becoming a compliance specialist, Mark worked for Fortune 500 companies including Pillsbury and Honeywell as a senior manager and project manager. He has extensive experience with data security and security management. Mark held lead positions in application development, application support, and computer operations. Mark received a computer programming certificate from Brown Institute, Minneapolis, MN and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

Mark Major, J.D., Senior Consultant, Benefit Comply, LLC
Mark Major has more than 30 years' experience with employee benefit plan legal compliance as in-house ERISA counsel, as a lead U.S. compliance attorney for Mercer Consulting. Mark's practice specializes in health, welfare and retirement benefits law supporting small and large employers. Mark is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations.


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