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Thomson Reuters to Host 20th Annual EBIA Advanced Cafeteria Plans and Benefits Conference

Dana Greenstein  

Dana Greenstein  

Thomson Reuters will host its 20th annual EBIA Advanced Cafeteria Plans and Benefits Conference on July 10-12, 2018 in Seattle, WA. The three-day event is designed for benefits professionals to learn about advanced compliance issues for employer health plans, including account-based plans and wellness programs, and cafeteria plans. The conference faculty will include a panel of distinguished employee benefits attorneys and professionals from top law firms and benefit firms around the country.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Eye on the Horizon: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Benefits,” the conference will kick off with a big-picture look at cafeteria plans and health benefits, highlighting recent legislative and regulatory developments. Speakers will consider the political landscape and the impact of benefit design by executive order, consider where the benefits market is headed, and offer practical strategies for plan sponsors, service providers, and advisors. Session topics will cover new and evolving benefit designs—such as qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) and association health plans—as well as compliance responsibilities under existing laws and regulations, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Continuing Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules on eligible expenses. Each session will include dedicated question and answer time.

This year’s agenda offers thirteen information-packed sessions, including:

  • Negotiating Administrative Services Agreements from the Plan Sponsor and Service Provider Perspectives
  • QSEHRAs and the Outlook for Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs)
  • The Future of Wellness Program Compliance
  • Fiduciary Challenges for Plan Sponsors and Service Providers
  • Medicare “Check-Up” for Group Health Plan Administration
  • Lessons Learned from Employer Shared Responsibility Enforcement

“Employers, administrators, and advisors may face challenges in designing and administering benefit plans, particularly as they look ahead to planning for 2019 and beyond,” said Salim Sunderji, managing director, Checkpoint, with the Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting business. “This annual conference, long regarded as the industry’s must-attend event for benefits professionals, provides the solution—highlighting recent developments and looking ahead to future guidance and trends.”

The conference will also cover best practices for HIPAA security compliance and the electronic distribution of participant communications.

Conference attendees will receive certificates of attendance that may be used to obtain credits with various credentialing organizations within the legal, human resources, insurance, and accounting fields. Under NASBA guidelines, the conference will provide 20 CPE credits. And—new this year for attorneys attending the conference—CLE accreditation has been applied for in all U.S. jurisdictions.

For more information on the EBIA Advanced Cafeteria Plans and Benefits Conference and to register, visit checkpointlearning.thomsonreuters.com/CPEBrands/EBIA-Conference.

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Learning provides training and continuing professional education (CPE) solutions for tax, accounting and finance professionals and firms. EBIA Learning programs (including webinars, seminars, and conferences) are designed specifically for benefits professionals. From customized group training to more than 900 individual webinars, online self-study, public seminars and conference events, Checkpoint Learning offers a full range of solutions to build learning plans for both individuals and teams. Our mission is to improve the productivity and profitability of accounting, tax and corporate finance professionals by rethinking traditional processes, leveraging cutting-edge technology and providing the most accurate and insightful training available.

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