The ever-expanding laws and regulations that apply to health and welfare benefit plans have created a complex compliance web that can confound even the most seasoned benefits professional. Employer plan sponsors and service providers, no matter how well-intentioned, are at risk of significant penalties and litigation when operating without the requisite level of knowledgeable and experienced guidance.
Unlike many other firms, Alston & Bird has a group of nationally recognized lawyers with many years devoted exclusively to health and welfare benefit plan compliance issues. Our health and welfare benefits team is a subject-matter resource, providing the highest level of proficiency necessary to implement effective and compliant benefit strategies to help you mitigate your risk.
We represent entities involved in all aspects of benefit plan administration—Fortune 100 companies, small companies, governmental employers, insurance companies, third-party benefit administrators, insurance brokers, consultants, and financial institutions. These clients call on us to help them solve both their day-to-day benefit plan administration issues and the extremely complex issues that arise from time to time.
Because of our ability to effectively communicate complex issues in an understandable way, we are often called upon to speak to benefit plan trade organizations and other organizations as well as contribute articles for benefit plan and industry publications.
We interact at all levels with key regulatory agencies—including the IRS, DOL, and HHS. This helps us stay at the forefront of the compliance issues that affect our clients.
There is very little that we haven’t seen or done. Our experience allows us to help you in an efficient and cost-effective manner, no matter what the issue at hand.
Health & Welfare Plans
The legal compliance landscape for health and welfare benefit plans grows more complex each day. Legislators and regulators issue a seemingly endless stream of laws and regulations that expose even the most well-intentioned employer plan sponsor and service provider to risk of significant penalties and litigation. We make the complex simple, creating cost-efficient strategies that mitigate risk.