2012 Annual Teleconference Series (10 teleconferences)


Wednesday, January 11 - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Schedule of Sessions and Special Events



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Wednesday January 11, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm January Teleconference
W-2 reporting requirements for health coverage (update and drill down).

Presented by:
John Hickman, Eswq., Alston & Bird LLP Birgit Anne Waidman, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP

Wednesday February 08, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm February Teleconference
2012 Legislative Outlook for Flex - Learn what 2012 has in store for Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, and Transit Benefits.   Will Congress change health care again?  How will the budget debate impact Flex? What are the biggest threats and opportunities for account-based plans.    What does the Administration have in store?  Will we see a change to use-it-or-lose-it?  Join Bill Sweetnam from Groom Law Group and Colette  Desmarais as they provide their insight on the Legislative Outlook for 2012

Presented by:
John Hickman, Eswq., Alston & Bird LLP Bill Sweetnam, Groom Law Group Colette Desmarais, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc.

Wednesday April 11, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm April Teleconference
Is Health Care Reform Constitutional? Now that oral arguments have been heard, will the Supreme Court find PPACA (aka “Obamacare”) to be constitutional? Join Alston & Bird attorneys Ashley Gillihan and David Godofsky as they, in debate format (and in only one hour), explain the reasons that numerous States contend that PPACA is unconstitutional, and the reasons that the Administration contends PPACA is constitutional. Ashley will represent the States, and David will represent the Administration. We will end with predictions on how the Supreme Court will rule, and questions from the audience.

Presented by Ashley Gillihan & David Godofsky, Alston & Bird LLP attorneys

Wednesday May 09, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm May Teleconference
Final Summary of Benefit Coverage (SBC) Regulations: New Rules and Implications for HRAs and FSAs

Wednesday June 13, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm June Teleconference
Agency guidance on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Fees: What it means for HRAs and FSAs

Discussion of IRS Notice 2012-40 (related to the use/lose rule and 2500 cap) released May 30, 2012. Read more about IRS 2012-40 under Legislative Release: Government Documents & Releases [http://www.ecfc.org/legislative/effective-lobbying/government-documents-releases/irs-releases-guidance-related-to-2500-fsa-salary-reduction-cap-and-use/].

Preview of SCOTUS impact

Wednesday July 11, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm July Teleconference
Interpreting the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Ruling on Account Based Plans

Wednesday September 12, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm September Teleconference
The September call was an update on “use it or lose it,” the history of why we have it (and why IRS is so hesitant to change it), and why the environment is favorable for a change under the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday October 10, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm October Teleconference
Administrative and Tax Issues Surrounding DOMA and Flexible Compensation and Welfare Plans

Wednesday November 14, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm November Teleconference
The teleconference explored the application of the employer penalty and the meaning of full-time employee for these purposes. The speakers also explored what the requirements could mean for HRAs and health FSAs, and the potential implications of private exchanges. Post-election ramifications were also discussed.

Wednesday December 12, 2012

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm December Teleconference
The agencies served up a full table of pre-Thanksgiving guidance with new regulations impacting wellness programs, essential health benefit and minimum value determinations, reinsurance fees, PCOR-fees, and health insurance market rules. Listen in as John Hickman and Ashley Gillihan take an initial look at this important guidance and its impact on FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, and flex plans.