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    Membership Meeting, Healthcare Reform Update

    Date: September 27, 2012, 10:00am – 1:30pm
    Confluence Technology Center
    Prepay member: $55, Prepay non-member: $65. Pay at door member: $65, Pay at door non-member: $75
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    Program will be delivered in two parts focusing on the following topics:

    Health Care Reform (90 minutes)
    Health care reform legislation changes many aspects of health insurance as it is currently sold in the United States. It is important for employers to understand the various aspects of reform, the timeline for compliance and the current political and legal landscape in order to assist clients establishing and maintaining their health insurance programs and to anticipate future needs.

    Individuals participating in this seminar will walk away with an understanding of:

    o   The current political and legal landscape of reform

    o   The timeline of upcoming compliance obligations including W-2 reporting, the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage, Exchanges and the employer penalty

    o   Key plan design requirements to ensure compliance with the law

    Wellness Programs & Compliance Issues (90 minutes)
    In an effort to control costs and promote health, employers are implementing wellness programs. In many cases, these programs are part of the health plan offered by the employers and incentives are available for participation and satisfying certain standards relating to health. This seminar is intended to highlight these various compliance issues that come up when designing and implementing these arrangements.

    Individuals participating in this seminar will walk away with a high level understanding of:

    o   Why employers are offering wellness programs and the different types of wellness programs available

    o   HIPAA nondiscrimination requirements and the wellness program exception

    o   The impact that GINA’s general prohibition on the use of genetic information has on health plans that use Health Risk Assessments

    o   Issues under the ADA with respect to wellness programs and whether such programs are voluntary

    o   Other compliance issues including compliance with other federal and state laws

    o   For wellness programs that are group health plans, ensuring appropriate plan documentation, COBRA and HIPAA compliance

    Our speaker for this seminar will be Alicia Scalzo Wilmoth, Vice President and Benefits Counsel. She leads the health and welfare compliance department and is responsible for monitoring and reporting on changes in benefits laws, including HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, ERISA, state insurance laws and national insurance reform. She writes periodic updates and newsletters highlighting general issues with respect to welfare benefit programs. Alicia is asked to speak regularly, both internally with benefits professionals and externally with clients and industry colleagues, explaining significant laws or regulatory changes. She works with the client service team to provide assistance with a wide variety of issues surrounding employer sponsored health and welfare programs.

    Alicia earned her BA from Boston College and her JD cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Western Pension & Benefits Conference, National Association of Health Underwriters and Seattle’s Pension Roundtable.