2013 Annual Teleconference Series (10 teleconferences)


Wednesday, January 9 (1pm) - Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (2pm US/Eastern)

Schedule of Sessions and Special Events



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Wednesday January 09, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm January Teleconference | Year-End Regulatory and Compliance Update
TAC members Mark Stember, Ashley Gillihan, and John Hickman provided a further drill down on year-end regulatory guidance and the potential impact on FSA/HRAs, cafeteria plans, and health coverage. Topics addressed include: the reinsurance fee guidance, the new pay/play guidance, and other year-end developments.
 
Mr. Ashley Gillihan Esq.

Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. Mark L. Stember Esq.. CFCI
Attorney
Kilpatrick Townsend

Wednesday February 13, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm February Teleconference | Impact of Recent Agency FAQ Guidance on HRAs and Private Exchange Arrangements
Join ECFC Technical Advisory Committee members John Hickman and William Sweetnam as they discuss the ins and outs of recent Agency guidance under the Affordable Care Act, including the January 24, 2013 FAQ and the impact on HRAs and private exchange arrangements.
 
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. William F Sweetnam, Jr. Esq.
Principal
Employers Council on Flexible Compensation [ECFC]

Wednesday April 10, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm April Teleconference | COBRA: From Basics to Healthcare Reform
Join ECFC for a deep dive on COBRA compliance issues with an emphasis on compliance issues related to FSA and HRA administration. Also discussed will be the future of COBRA in a post-health care reform world.
 
Ms. Janet LeTourneau ACFCI
Senior Director of Compliance Services
WageWorks, Inc.
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP

Wednesday May 08, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm May Teleconference | HIPAA HITECH 2013 Update and Compliance Actions
Now that the final HIPAA/HITECH regulations are out, what exactly do TPAs and plan sponsors need to do and when?
 
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. Mark L. Stember Esq.. CFCI
Attorney
Kilpatrick Townsend

Wednesday June 12, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm June Teleconference; HRAs, FSAs, and MERPs post ACA: Just what’s an employer to do?
ACA Guidance has raised many questions and complexities regarding these accounts. Be armed with the latest information to help your employers meet the new Affordable Care Act requirements that begin January 1, 2014. Join TAC members Cheryl Risley Hughes, Esq. of Groom Law Group and Jody L. Dietel, ACFCI, CAS, Chief Compliance Officer of WageWorks, Inc. as we make sense of these specific products under the ACA.
 
Ms. Jody L. Dietel ACFCI, CAS
Chief Compliance Officer, WageWorks
WageWorks, Inc.
Ms. Cheryl Risley Hughes Esq. CFCI

Mercer

Wednesday July 10, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm July Teleconference | Exchange Notices: Are You Prepared?
The U.S. Department of Labor recently released model notices an employer can use to fulfill its requirement to send Exchange Notices. In this teleconference, Mark Stember, Esq., member of the ECFC Technical Advisory Committee and leader of the Health and Welfare and Employee Benefits Legal Alert team with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, will lead you through Exchange Notice requirement and distribution and content issues, along with typical questions that employers will receive about the notices.
 
Mr. Mark L. Stember Esq.. CFCI
Attorney
Kilpatrick Townsend

Wednesday September 11, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm September Teleconference | License Roulette: Don't Gamble With Your Business
What you do, where do you do it, who you do it for, how you do it? These are just some of the questions that determine whether you may need to be licensed in a particular state. In general, no two state licensure requirements are the same, including the penalties for noncompliance. As we move into more challenging times under Health Care Reform (e.g., private exchanges, creative defined contribution mechanisms, etc.), the significance of appropriate state licensure increases. Take a moment to review how you have been operating, how you may want to expand operations (e.g., new services, new geographic areas, etc.), and identify what states require licensure.

Note: This program does not include a 50 state menu of licensure requirements. The focus is on key characteristics that impact licensure requirements and an approach to use in identifying which states may require you to be licensed.
 
Ms. Darcy L. Hitesman Esq.
Attorney
Hitesman & Wold, P.A.

Wednesday October 09, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm October Teleconference | September 13th Agency Guidance and Its Impact on HRAs, Private Exchanges, Premium Reimbursement Accounts and Pre-tax Treatment of Individual Medical Coverage
On September 13th the agencies issued the most significant guidance impacting HRAs, premium reimbursement accounts, and private exchanges since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010. Learn how recent agency guidance impacts your business, what arrangements are still permitted (and which ones are not), and what transition relief applies.
 
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. William F Sweetnam, Jr. Esq.
Principal
Employers Council on Flexible Compensation [ECFC]

Wednesday November 13, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm November Teleconference | IRS Issues Long-Awaited Rollover Guidance for FSAs
Join ECFC for an analysis of the Halloween “Rollover” guidance issued by the Department of Treasury, modifying the Use-Or-Lose Rule for flexible spending arrangements, and gain an understanding of how this important year-end guidance impacts employers and administrators during this open enrollment season for 2013 and for the 2014 plan year.
 
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
Ms. Jody L. Dietel ACFCI, CAS
Chief Compliance Officer, WageWorks
WageWorks, Inc.
Mr. William F Sweetnam, Jr. Esq.
Principal
Employers Council on Flexible Compensation [ECFC]

Wednesday December 11, 2013

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm December Teleconference | U.S. v. Windsor on DOMA – How does it affect FSAs, HRAs and other Employee Benefit Programs
The U.S. Supreme Court issued U.S. v. Windsor on June 26, 2013 in which it found section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) to be invalid. Section 3 of DOMA amended the Dictionary Act—a law providing rules of construction for over 1,000 federal laws and the related federal regulations—to define “marriage” and “spouse” as excluding same-sex partners. This presentation will discuss the following: What is the impact of the invalidation of Section 3 of DOMA; What controls if a marriage is to be considered legally binding – location of residency or location of celebration; Subsequent developments following the Supreme Court Decision; and How to proceed.
 
Mr. Dan S. Brandenburg Esq., CFCI
Partner
The Wagner Law Group