Health & Welfare Plans

Congress, U.S. federal agencies and states have promulgated an ever-increasing flood of new rules and regulations governing employer-sponsored health & welfare (H&W) plans. Employers and plan administrators struggle to “know the law” and properly apply it as it develops. Our H&W practice provides the advice and practical know-how necessary to ensure ongoing compliance and avoid potential liability.

Alston & Bird was one of the first firms to recognize and act upon the need for focused H&W benefits expertise. Members of the H&W practice have attained national recognition through publishing, lecturing, prior government service, and day-to-day client representation. John Hickman is author to four major treatises on Cafeteria Plans, Health Care Reform, HIPAA and Consumer-Driven Health Care. Ashley Gillihan is the author of the Flexible Benefits Answer Book. Former Congressman and long-time Ways and Means Committee member Earl Pomeroy spent his career on Capitol Hill immersed in the issues faced by the employer community and is known for his appreciation of the challenges faced by employers with respect to employee benefits. Carolyn Smith worked more than 20 years on the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, advising Congress on health, pension, and tax matters from both a technical and policy perspective.


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Health & Welfare Benefits Lunch Group

For almost 20 years we have been providing monthly Health & Welfare Benefits briefings for our clients. Over 150 companies join us in our office and by telephone each month. We are pleased to make copies of our materials available below.

Click this link to be added to our list. Select “Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update” from the list of available publications.

Linked below are downloadable versions of our presentation materials from the past few years.

The linked documents were current as of the listed publication date. Subsequent legal developments may have occurred that could impact the content included therein. The documents have not been updated for subsequent developments.

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  • December 2022
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • October 2022
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • September 2022
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • April 2022
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • March 2022
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
    • A&B Advisory – February 14, 2022: Testing for COVID and Your Kits for Free: Expanded Coverage of OTC COVID-19 Test Kits and Developments in Preventive Care
  • December 2021
    •  Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • November 2021
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • September 2021
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • June 2021
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • May 2021
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • April 2021
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • March 2021
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • February 2021
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
    • A&B Advisory – February 4, 2021: Group Health Plan Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act: A Deeper Dive
  • December 2020
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • November 2020
    • Health Benefits Monthly Update Presentation
  • October 2020
    •  Health Benefits 2020: Are You Up to Date?
  • June 2020 
    • Health & Welfare Benefits Monthly Update
  • March 2020 
    • A&B Advisory: (February 28, 2020): The Coronavirus: Employer and Workplace Considerations
  • December 2019 
    • Health Benefits Year in Review - December 2019
  • October 2019 
    • Preparing for Open Enrollment
  • September 2019 
    • Summer 2019 Recap
  • June 2019 
    • Summary Comparison Legislative Proposals Regarding Surprise Medical Billing
  • May 2019 
    • May 2019 H&W Update Call
  • April 2019 
    • Self-Compliance Tool for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
    • Discussion on MHPAEA Compliance
  • February 2019  
    • February 2019 H&W Update Call 
  • December 2018 
    • 2018: The Year In Review
  • November 2018
    • A&B Advisory (October 29, 2018): Summary of New HRA Proposed Regulation
    • New Day for HRAs: The Ins and Outs of the New Proposed Regulation
  • October 2018 
    • Wellness Promotion/Prevention: Overcoming Legal and Compliance Hurdles
  • May 2018
    • Self-Compliance Tool for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
    • [Proposed] FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part XX
    • Risk Analyses vs. Gap Analyses - What is the Difference?

 

View our complete list of Employee Benefits advisories.

 

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