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2019 Legal & Legislative Update for Health & Welfare Plans
Typically our most popular session each year, we once again will explore legal and legislative developments in employee benefits, specifically in the area of Health & Welfare plans. Regulatory and legislative changes continue to have a significant impact on employers. This session will ensure you are up-to-date on the significant number of health policies and regulatory updates that have impacted employers in 2019 and will affect them beyond this calendar year. Our speaker will also delve into current bills on the Federal level that you’ll need to continue to watch as we enter the New Year.

• Federal legislative updates, priorities and current bills
• Regulatory updates, including Executive Order priorities, new guidance and regulations, HRA regulations, pharmacy programs for high cost drug/manufacturer coupons and ACA limits
• Litigation update including cross-plan offsetting, wellness plan litigation and ACA litigation

CEBS - qualifies for 1 hour of CPE
HRCI - approved for 1 HR (General) credit
SHRM - valid for 1 PDC

Dec 11, 2019 11:45 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Wade A. Symons, JD, CEBS
Regulatory Resources, Group Practice Leader @Mercer in Portland, OR
Wade is a partner, senior attorney and the national leader of Mercer’s Regulatory Resources Group in the Health & Benefits Business. He joined Mercer in 2003, after practicing law in the Employee Benefits and ERISA areas since 1999. He is a member of Mercer’s National Health Reform Workgroup and is the Northwest spokesperson on health reform. Other areas of responsibility include the performance of health and welfare plan compliance reviews; design and drafting of plan documentation and related employee communications; advice on compliance with federal and state laws affecting health and welfare benefits; and analysis of potential tax and legal liability. He assists clients with advice on issues related to COBRA, HIPAA, the Family Medical Leave Act, Section 125 Cafeteria Plans, Section 105 Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), domestic partner benefits, and wellness programs.