Continuing Legal Education

National Healthcare Reform and Its Effect on Illinois Employers and Health Insurance (CHICAGO)

November 8, 2012
1:00 – 4:15 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours
Presented by Employee Benefits, Health Care Law and Insurance Law

Chicago
ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

This hot-topic seminar gives you the information you need to effectively advise your clients on matters relating to national healthcare reform, as well as the reform’s effect on Illinois employers and health insurance. Health care attorneys, labor and employment practitioners, disability lawyers, and any other attorney practicing in a field that comes into contact with healthcare issues (such as elder law, insurance law, and employee benefits) who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • The statutory and regulatory requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;
  • The preventative treatments for plan years that started in August 2012;
  • The reporting requirements for health coverage costs;
  • The penalties for not providing employee health care coverage;
  • How to ensure that employees to take responsibility for their health;
  • The future trends in employee health coverage and payment structures;
  • Illinois’ approach to health care insurance exchanges; and
  • How the November 2012 election may potentially impact national healthcare reform.
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

 

Program Coordinators:
Rick L. Hindmand, McDonald Hopkins, LLC, Chicago
David M. Kroeger, Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago
F. Richard Skweres, Roetzel & Andress LPA, Chicago

Program Moderator:
Rick L. Hindmand, McDonald Hopkins, LLC, Chicago

 

Agenda

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  Compliance Check-Up for Health Plans
This segment examines the statutory and regulatory requirements affecting employers as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and offers a review of the current requirements, an outline of the rules and regulations coming into effect, and a discussion on strategies for compliance. Additional topics include: Summary of Benefits and Coverage; preventive treatments (including contraceptive coverage without a co-pay/deductible and HPV vaccinations for males) for plan years beginning August 2012; the imposition of research fees starting in 2013; reporting health coverage costs on W-2s; and the penalties for not providing health care coverage to employees.
Saghi Fattahian, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, Chicago

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  Healthcare Reform in the Private Marketplace: Evolution of Employee Health Benefit Programs
This presentation addresses the challenges of providing quality and cost-effective health coverage for employees, as well as current and future trends in employee health coverage. Discover the perceptions and intentions of employers regarding health care reform and benefits, the trends in employee health benefits, and the strategies for aligning incentives with efficiencies, including how to educate and motivate employees to take responsibility for their health. Preventive care, wellness and onsite healthcare programming and the future of health benefits and payment reform are also explored.
Larry S. Boress, President & CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health, Chicago

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.  Health Insurance Exchanges: The Illinois Approach
Gain a better understanding of how Illinois is approaching the Affordable Care Act requirements regarding health insurance exchanges. Topics include: the prospective Illinois Health Insurance Exchange; the status of the State’s implementation of that Exchange; the necessary steps for finalizing implementation; and the needs of individuals and small businesses.
Frank Varela-Kisner, Deputy Director of Consumer Education, Illinois Department of Insurance, Chicago

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Where Matters Stand and What the Future May Bring
Join us for this multi-disciplinary panel presentation in which Affordable Care Act-related issues are discussed. The potential impact of the November 2012 election is also addressed.
Larry S. Boress, President & CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health, Chicago
Saghi Fattahian, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, Chicago
Frank Varela-Kisner, Deputy Director of Consumer Education, Illinois Department of Insurance, Chicago