1. What’s Left of Obamacare Requirements for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

What’s Left of Obamacare Requirements for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

What’s Left of Obamacare Requirements for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans
Event ID: 18443
Session ID: 15467

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Christine Williams, founder, Health Plan Plain Talk
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

The requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA; a/k/a Obamacare) have undergone significant changes during the last two years, but despite congressional attempts the ACA has not been repealed. The changes that have been made affect penalty amounts, notice provisions, cost-sharing limits, affordability levels, coverage of contraception services, and more. The changes have left some employers with questions about what is still required, what changes they can make to their health plans, what penalties may apply, and how they should respond to employee questions about changes to their health coverage.

Please join Christine Williams as she covers the current status of ACA requirements for employer-sponsored health plans, including changes that have been made and what is still required.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What employers will need to do to avoid shared responsibility penalties for plan year 2019
  • Changes to the affordability levels and cost-sharing limits for 2019 coverage
  • Employer reporting requirements and increased penalty amounts for plan year 2018
  • The likely effect on employers of zeroing-out the individual mandate penalty
  • The status of preventive care requirements, including coverage of contraceptive services
  • Required changes to the mandatory marketplace notice
  • The status of the emergency services regulations
  • The amount and sunset of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research fees
  • What constitutes an essential health benefits package
  • Changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage


Your conference leader for “What’s Left of Obamacare Requirements for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans” is Christine Williams. Ms. Williams has worked in the employee benefits field since 1987, both in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 100 company, and recently founded HealthPlanPlainTalk.com, an online resource for benefit plan sponsors and employee benefit professionals. She has extensive experience with all types of health and welfare plans, and was the editor and a contributing author of HIPAA Portability, Privacy, & Security, published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), a division of Thomson Reuters, and is now a contributor to that publication. She was 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 benefit plan compliance to a wide range of health plans, employers that sponsor health plans, and business associates, and she regularly teaches seminars for employee benefit professionals. Before moving into employee benefits, Ms. Williams was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.


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