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CLE presentation: 3-6 p.m. (3 hrs. CLE)
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 25 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
In less than 10 months, all large employers must offer medical coverage to all full-time employees or pay a penalty. Which employers are large employers? Which employees are full-time employees? What are the penalties? How can employers manage these new risks? Will employers drop medical coverage? Will employees flee to an exchange for coverage? What are the Indiana Department of Insurance and the Indiana legislature doing to implement health care reform in Indiana?
Ann Carr Mackey, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
What is the employer mandate? What must employers do and when?
This session will address the following questions: How do I determine whether I am a large employer? What must large employers do to avoid the penalties? What are the penalties?
Michael G. Paton, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg
Which employees must be offered medical coverage?
Recent guidance from the IRS details how employers will determine who their full time employees are and how to calculate penalties under the Internal Revenue Code. This presentation will focus on determining the status of employees as full-time employees, special rules for variable hour employees and seasonal employees, and developing strategies for minimizing penalties, and related compliance issues.
Logan Patrick Harrison, Chief Deputy Commissioner for Health, Legislative & Public Affairs for the Indiana Department of Insurance
Information & thoughts from inside
This session will include a discussion of Indiana’s role in the federally facilitated Exchange that will operate in Indiana, pending state legislation, Indiana and Medicaid expansion, the impact of community rating on small employer coverage, and the definition of essential health benefits in Indiana.
Catherine (Katy) Stowers, Advisor and General Counsel of FirstPerson Advisors
The impact of public exchanges, tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies on employer-sponsored health plans
This session will explore currently available information regarding the health coverage options that are expected through Indiana’s Exchange – now called the Health Benefit Marketplace – and the impact of this new Exchange on employer-provided coverage and employee choices, including the federal financial assistance programs – the premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies that will be available for some to purchase coverage on the Exchange.
Deborah C. McNear, Partner, Krieg DeVault
What if I reduce my employees to part-time status to avoid the mandate?
This session will look at whether an employer changing its part-time employee policy to escape penalties under Health Care Reform may be an illegal interference with the employees’ right to benefits, and if so, the ramifications of such a finding.
Michael G. Paton, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg - Wellness
Wellness Program Update
Employer-based wellness programs continue to gain in popularity. The IRS recently issued proposed regulations that modify the requirements for wellness programs. In addition, the EEOC and courts have weighed in on the propriety of certain aspects of wellness programs. This session will discuss these recent developments and how they may affect employer-based wellness programs in the future.