1. Employer-sponsored Health Plans, the ACA, and the Executive Orders: What’s in and What’s Out

Employer-sponsored Health Plans, the ACA, and the Executive Orders: What’s in and What’s Out

Employer-sponsored Health Plans, the ACA, and the Executive Orders: What’s in and What’s Out
Event ID: 17339
Recording: 15370

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Christine Williams, attorney at law, founder, Health Plan Plain Talk.com
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR, employee benefits, financial officers, in-house counsel, and CEOs

This has been a tumultuous year for employer-sponsored health plans: Would the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be repealed, replaced, or left as is? We know a little more now, with the apparent failure of the repeal/replace effort in Congress and the release of two Executive Orders (Orders) by the White House. The first Order (5/4/17) addressed contraceptive coverage and interim regulations have since been issued. The second and more recent Order (10/12/17) addressed three topics: association health plans (AHPs); short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI); and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), with the goal of offering employers and employees more health coverage options. In addition, there has been activity relating to employer reporting requirements and penalty amounts under the ACA for 2017, a prohibition on payment of cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), and information on the amount of ACA fees, limits on out-of-pocket costs and deductibles, and Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions.

Join Christine Williams, founder of Health Plan Plain Talk, as she reviews the provisions of the two Orders, how they will affect the current ACA requirements for employer-sponsored health plans, and other changes of importance to employer-sponsored health plans.


This webinar will cover:
  • Will any of the changes in the two Orders be required for 2018 coverage?
  • What are AHPs, HRAs, and STLDI, and how does the second Order seek to change the current rules relating to them?
  • Under the contraceptives Order, will employer-sponsored health plans still have to meet the ACA requirements?
  • Does Congress have any role in making the changes under either Order?
  • Is employer reporting under the ACA still required for coverage offered in 2017? What are the due dates and what are the penalties for failure to meet the ACA requirements?
  • What are the 2018 limits for (HSAs), High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs), and health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs)?
  • What are CSRs and will the prohibition on their payment affect employer-sponsored plans?


Your conference leader for “Employer-sponsored Health Plans, the ACA, and the Executive Orders: What’s in and What’s Out” is Christine Williams. Ms. Williams is the founder of Health Plan Plain Talk and has practiced employee benefits law since 1987, both in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 100 company. She has broad experience with all types of health and welfare plans, and was the editor and a contributing author of HIPAA Portability, Privacy, & Security, published by Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), a division of ThomsonReuters, and is now a contributor to that publication. She was also a contributing author of Health Care Reform for Employers and Advisors, also published by EBIA. She has provided advice on HIPAA, health care reform, and regulatory compliance to a wide range of health plans, employers that sponsor health plans, plan service providers, and business associates. She has extensive experience teaching seminars for employee benefit professionals, and before moving into employee benefits law Ms. Williams was a professor at University of Maryland School of Law. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.


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