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The Event.

What Employers Need to Know about the Proposed Association Health Plan Regulations

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 1:00 PM CT

The speaker.

Lorie Maring | Of Counsel in the Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips

She focuses her practice on helping employers navigate Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of their employee benefit plans and programs.

She regularly advises clients on the Affordable Care Act, health and welfare benefits, qualified plans, executive compensation, Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and multiemployer plan issues.

The Agenda.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Department of Labor’s recently proposed regulations regarding association health plans. The webinar will focus on how the proposed regulations would change the definition of “employer” to allow employer groups or associations to be treated as a sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit plan or group health plan.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of how ERISA currently defines “employer” and how the proposed regulations would change that definition
  • Describe the requirements that would permit an association health plan to offer a single group health plan
  • Discuss the nondiscrimination provisions that would apply to association health plans
  • Describe multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs)
  • Describe how states differ in their treatment of MEWAs, including examples of how some states regulate MEWAs and how some states prohibit MEWAs
  • Discuss federal-state coordination of enforcement efforts in the MEWA area and how these efforts may continue or change with association health plans
  • Discuss pointers, potential pitfalls, and best practices when forming an association health plan

This 60-minute intermediate level webinar will help employers understand how the proposed regulations, if finalized, would enhance the ability of employer groups or associations to join together for the purpose of providing health benefits.

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