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COVID-19's Impact on Health Benefits: Critical Answers on Benefits and More - On-Demand

COVID-19's Impact on Health Benefits: Critical Answers on Benefits and More - On-Demand

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COVID-19's Impact on Health Benefits: Critical Answers on Benefits and More - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to manage employee health benefit plans during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 is impacting every facet of employment—including employee health benefits.

Right now, HR and benefits managers have many pressing questions on how to handle health coverage during the ongoing crisis, including their options for coverage extensions, premium waivers, and collecting these premiums during furloughs or reduced hours. At the same time, new coverage mandates may require changes to plan documents, and laws like COBRA, the Affordable Care Act, and Section 125 also come into play.

Use this on-demand webinar with employee benefits attorney John Hickman of Alston & Bird LLP who will provide timely insights to help you navigate employee benefits during this difficult time.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the new laws and other guidance on coverage of COVID-19 testing and treatment
  • Weigh your options to extend coverage or waive premiums during a furlough, layoff, or reduction in hours
  • Administer COBRA during disruptions caused by the COVID crisis
  • Handle employee contributions while on furlough—and avoid possible penalties under the ACA employer mandate
  • Manage mid-year elections and FSA administration under cafeteria plans
  • Expand coverage of telemedicine in a way that meets legal requirements and makes sense for your plan
  • Grasp how these changes affect health savings accounts
  • Steer clear of HIPAA privacy pitfalls
  • And more!

About Your Presenters

John HickmanJohn Hickman, Esq.
Alston &  Bird LLP

John Hickman is head of the Alston & Bird, LLP Health Benefits Practice where he leads an experienced team of attorneys devoted exclusively to health care reform issues under the ACA, HIPAA privacy, flexible benefits, and other health & welfare benefit issues.  Hickman has been a pioneer in the consumer directed health care arena and has worked closely with health plans, financial institutions, and employers as well as the IRS, Treasury, and DOL with tax-favored health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs).

Hickman is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) and Who’s Who Legal in the employee benefits area. Hickman has lectured widely and published articles on HSAs, HIPAA, ERISA litigation, cafeteria and health plan issues.  He is co-author of the Cafeteria Plans Manual, Health Care Reform, HIPAA Portability and Privacy, and Consumer-Driven Health Care (published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America). Hickman is head of the Technical Advisory Committee and is on the board of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). Hickman has also been an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law.

Ashley GillihanAshley Gillihan, Esq. 
Alston &  Bird LLP

Ashley Gillihan is counsel in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP and a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Groups. Gillihan focuses his practice exclusively on health and welfare employee benefit compliance and litigation issues for employers, health plan administrators and other health and welfare benefit plan service providers. He also has extensive experience assisting financial institutions and insurance companies who serve as Health Savings Account trustees or custodians.

Gillihan is active in publishing and speaking on various health and welfare benefit plan related topics and serves as a faculty member and/or technical advisor for several health and welfare benefit plan focused organizations.

Gillihan is a member of the Employer’s Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) Technical Advisory Council and the board of editors for the Benefits and Compensation Law Alert, published by M. Lee Smith Publishers. He was named to the Benefits Committee for the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. and served from 2007–2008. He is also a faculty member for the Institute for Applied Management and Law (IAML), and is the former author of the Flexible Benefits Answer Book published by Aspen Publishers.

Gillihan received his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association.