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The Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate in 2016: What’s Next for Employers?

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This program is sponsored by Equifax.

Equifax

While there were many learning curves (and extensions!) for employers when it came to Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance in 2015, 2016 is proving to be more complex, and the stakes are much higher. More employers are impacted now that the definition of an Applicable Large Employer (ALE) has gone from 100 full-time employees to just 50. And more employees are impacted now that ALEs are required to offer coverage to 95 percent of their eligible workers rather than just 70 percent. These changes – along with the changes that will come with the 2016 presidential election – have many organizations wondering how they will handle ACA management.

Moreover, employers will soon start receiving Marketplace notifications stating that they may be subject to a penalty when employees receive Premium Tax Credits (subsidies). The IRS will also begin assessing fines later this year for failure to offer coverage to eligible employees and failure to meet reporting deadlines with accurate information, further adding to the urgency.

In this timely session, Dowling and Seifert will provide an overview of employers’ lessons learned during the first year since the Employer Mandate took effect, and how organizations can apply that insight moving forward. They will also shed light on what's to come, and draw upon their experience in helping hundreds of employers of all sizes with Health Care Reform implementation and compliance to provide attendees with a better understanding of how the ACA can impact both your organization and its employees, how you can avoid compliance pitfalls, and best practices for managing ACA requirements.

Educational Objectives:
• ACA legislative updates, including how the 2016 presidential election could impact employers and their employees
• Best practices for simplifying ACA management processes and reducing compliance risks
• Preparing for and meeting the 2016 reporting deadlines 
• Managing subsidies, including receiving notifications and subsidy appeals

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
HR, Benefits, and Tax professionals, or anyone who is responsible for managing ACA compliance at their organization, should attend this webinar.

 



SPEAKERS

TOM DOWLING, PARTNER, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS GROUP, STINSON LEONARD STREET

Tom Dowling is a Partner in the Stinson Leonard Street’s Employee Benefits Group. His practice focuses on the creation, ongoing administration, and regulatory compliance of health and welfare benefit plans for public, private, and tax-exempt organizations. He is the primary attorney responsible for advising clients on Health Care Reform implementation and compliance, and provides tailored advice regarding navigating the associated regulatory hurdles. Tom represents employers, banks, insurers, and administrators on matters relating to health plans, health FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs, including regulatory compliance related to claims and payment processing services. He has extensive experience designing wellness programs to comply with HIPAA, GINA, and the ADA.

Tom also advises employers on a broad range of employee benefit issues related to retirement plans, fiduciary compliance, and equity compensation arrangements in light of IRS and ERISA rules and requirements. He is a regular presenter on various topics including the ACA, health and welfare plan arrangements, COBRA and HIPAA compliance, and employee benefit compliance for governmental entities. Tom authors the chapter on Employee Benefits in the Missouri Bar CLE publication and is involved in a number of civic and community leadership positions. He received his BSBA in Finance from Kansas State University and his J.D. from Saint Louis University. 


DAVID SEIFERT, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT , EQUIFAX WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

As director of Product Management for Equifax Workforce Solutions, David Seifert is responsible for ensuring the vision and roadmap of the Equifax ACA Management Solution aligns with the needs of organizations required to adhere to the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Seifert joined the Equifax team when the ACA solution was first developed and introduced to market. He has been an integral contributor in onboarding the company’s ACA client base, which now includes over 750 employers, representing more than 16 million employees. Seifert graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in International Affairs and received his Masters in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.