The effective date for many healthcare reform changes is quickly approaching. Employers are under pressure to comply with the rules and reporting requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion bill, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the Act). At the same time, employers must digest the vast quantities of guidance issued by government agencies, and weigh the risks and repercussions of their health plan design changes for 2011.
In this second in a series of webinars on the Act, we address the following topics and crucial next-stage steps for employers:
- Overview of the guidance issued to date.
- Determining whether a plan is "grandfathered" or qualifies for exemption from the requirements of the Act.
- Special considerations for collectively bargained plans.
- Update on the early retiree health reinsurance program.
- Extension of health plan coverage to adult children and the related income tax exclusion.
- Preexisting conditions, annual and lifetime limits, rescissions and patient protections.
- Preventative care rules.
- Nondiscrimination requirements for fully insured plans.
- New rules for claims, appeals and external review.
- New Form W-2 reporting requirements.
- Potential risks and penalties for failure to comply with the Act.
- And most important – tips for preparing for the 2010 open enrollment season, as well as longer-range planning for health plans.